Swimming/Aquatics Teacher Resources
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Swimming
This merit badge workbook for swimming provides a checklist of achievements necessary to secure this Boy Scout badge. It includes 10 potential health concerns related to swimming and asks about their prevention and treatment. This is a thorough evaluation of swimming-related knowledge.
8th - 12th Physical Education
Stroke Length Does Matter
A guide for competitive swimmers to take a look at how stroke length contributes to swimming efficiency. There is a PowerPoint and several websites for the swimmers to visit to gather information. They then keep track of their swimming strokes, counting, timing, and charting their progress.
9th - 12th Physical Education
New Review Elementary School Sea Turtle Lesson Plan
Young scientists explore the fascinating life cycle of sea turtles in this elementary science lesson. From leathery eggs buried beneath the sand to 600 pound creatures swimming through the oceans, students discuss, read informational text, and perform activities that examine each step in the lives of these amazing animals.
1st - 4th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Toward the end of the school year when the weather warms up, take your high schoolers swimming! They perform various cardiovascular activities in the pool, beginning with a warm-up activity and followed by stretching, precardio, cardiovascular, toning, and cool-down activities.
9th - 12th Physical Education
Here is a real-world application for systems of equations. When is it better to pay an enrollment fee and lower daily rate, and when is it better to pay the regular price? The local swim center is having a special offer, reductions in the price of the daily pass with an enrollment fee.
7th - 9th Math CCSS: Designed
Swim the Open Sea: Analyzing Duel Vectors
This dual vector lesson plan has the class watch a video about a person's swim of the English Channel. The class then uses a computer program to analyze dual vectors of wind's effect on a flight path of a plane as compared to the water currents effect on the person's swim.
10th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
Swimming Pool Mural
Students research art analysis by creating a mural in their class. In this artistic expression lesson plan, students research the work of Keith Haring and discuss his personal style and how it reflected body movement. Students utilize paints and scaffolding to create their own murals based on swimming.
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The Swimming Hole by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This PowerPoint provides a summary, comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and links for independent activities related to the story "The Swimming Hole" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Age-appropriate definitions of such literacy elements and terms as theme, historical fiction, homophones, and antonym are given.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Floating Fishes: How do Fishes Control Buoyancy?
Playing with balloons, water, oil, and bottles help put this lesson over the top! Participants use air-filled balloons in water tanks to experience gas compression. They also use oil-filled bottles to experiment with buoyancy. Included are detailed materials and procedures, helpful diagrams, a photo of the lab setup, and a plethora of critical-thinking questions.
7th - 12th Science
Cardio Swim Day
Students participate in a cardiac workout in the swimming pool. Individually, they record their own intensity by using heart rate monitors and noting their rate of perceived exertion. They discover which swimming stroke keeps their heart rate up and complete a worksheet.
9th - 12th Health
One of the most fun characteristics of a poem is rhythm! Little ones will clap along as you read a poem, to determine the rhythm of the piece. The book In the Swim is used throughout the lesson; it contains fish themed poems that kids can keep rhythm to.
1st - 2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Swimming Pool Math
Constructionists calculate perimeter and area of various rectangles. They draw a rectangle representing a swimming pool on grid paper, calculate the area of the swimming pool and the sidewalk around the pool, and identify patterns in the calculations.
6th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
Commas in Series and in Direct Address
Commas can be all sorts of trouble! Introduce your emerging grammarians to the two simplest comma rules: items in a series and direct address. There are three exercises that hone specific skills, and then there is a cumulative exercise.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
An engaging, and not to mention attractive, lesson plan has prealgebra and beginning algebra scholars examining linear relationships. They consider the rising water level as a swimming pool is being filled. They do so by charting and graphing the rate of change.
7th - 9th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim
Make a splash with an interactive storybook that emphasizes water safety. Directed at preschoolers and primaries, the ducky tale and games reinforce the rules of wearing a life vest whenever near water, making sure to have a supervising adult with you, and taking lessons so that you can learn how to swim.
Pre-K - 1st Physical Education