National Endowment for the Humanities
The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sport
Pupils explore the meaning of the ancient Greek word aretê and the place of virtue in historical athletic competition and modern sports. They begin by reading an informational text on the goal of sports in education, and then evaluate...
Gobal Oneness Project
Sports for Social Change
After watching a short online film about a soccer player Nolusindiso Plaatje and his help with the Grassroot Soccer program, a community education effort aimed at spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention, use a lesson plan to prompt...
Sports Safety Role Play
Students role-play sports situations and determine the actions needed to stay safe from injuries. They define the term sports safety, develop short skits about situations involving sports safety, and work together in cooperative groups.
National Woman's History Museum
Women, Education, Sports, and Title IX
New ReviewTitle IX did more than change the face of sports in the United States. This landmark legislation also impacted women in education and politics. High schoolers examine the text of the legislation and the 2016 Senate resolution and watch...
Talking About Sports
Doing research on a sports team can be a way to have students practice a variety of skills. Find fabulous ideas for activities or lessons that you can implement with your class!
A Resource Manual for Sport Leaders
Here is an incredible collection of activities designed to teach younger pupils broad-based and sport-specific skills. Games are organized according to a variety of sports (i.e. soccer, softball, baseball, etc.) and skill (i.e. running,...
Sports Word Work Literacy Pack
Hockey, home runs, and helmets: your next sports-themed reading unit is here! Twelve tasks invite young readers to match unscramble sports words, create categories, count vowels and consonants, mark syllables, alphabetize words in the...
Violence in Sports
Students explore the gratuitous use of violence in televised sports. They discuss sports they participate in, and the rules and consequences that relate to unsporting behaviour. They see if the same rules apply to professional athletes.
Who's on First? Alcohol Advertising and Sports
Students examine how alcohol companies use sponsorship of sports to promote their products. They complete a survey, analyze the results, and research the sports sponsorship portfolios of five beer companies.
Sports of All Sorts
Do your students love sports? Do they love math and reading? If the first answer is yes and the second is no, a resource with sports-themed math and literacy games may change their minds! Learners move through stations to practice...
Health Smart Virginia
A game of Cooperation Tag and a Rock, Paper, Scissors Champion Challenge plays to the positive impact of good sporting behavior on one's social-emotional development. Scholars participate in these games with their peers then thoroughly...
The Everyday Science of Sports
Physical science juniors will enjoy this sensational enrichment on aerodynamics, especially if they are also sports fans! With a focus on physical features and behaviors, collaborative groups make observations on five different golf...
From traditional sports like football and basketball to more unique or extreme sports like windsurfing, caving, or bungee jumping, your youngsters will surely get a thorough introduction to the world of sports with this lesson plan!
Create Your Own Sporting Event
Combine vocabulary development and a study of verb tenses with a general introduction to sports. Class members get acquainted with the language associated with sports, and then complete a project to design and describe their own version...
The Physics of Sports: An 8th Grade Physical Science Project
Explore the relationship between sports and physics in a cross-curricular lesson. Middle and high schoolers prepare a multimedia presentation based on a chosen sport. They answer five physics vocabulary questions about how the laws of...
Sports: Adaptive Sports Brochure
Students identify the items and events that make adaptive sports possible. In this adaptive sports lesson, students research how accomplishments are obtained for people with disabilities. Students research different tournaments, events,...
Is Cheerleading a Sport?
Looking for a rainy day activity? An article from the New York Times provides a nice topic for discussion. There will be many opinions and lively discussion as to how the class feels about cheerleading being a sport, or not. Ask them to...
Sports Lesson Plan
Have your class participate in a variety of sports and craft activities using this resource. With sports as the theme, learners work on art projects. Learners create soccer ball prints, a three dimensional football, and a sports collage.
Sports and Hobbies
Students explore vocabulary related to sports and hobbies. They consider their interests in sports and hobbies in relation to other students. They discuss music and describe a piece of music using simple adjectives.
Museum of Disability History
Adaptive Sports and Recreational Games
It's truly amazing how people with physical disabilities are able to find ways to overcome their impairments. Their tremendous perseverance is evident in this handout that describes the ways different sports, ranging from bowling...
Sports Safety: Grades 3-5
Two lessons examine the importance of safety while playing sports. After thoughtful discussion, partners complete a graphic organizer that details their favorite sport and safe ways to play it. Scholars examine winter sports and identify...
Sports in (Climate) Crisis
Can sports affect the climate? Scholars read an article about the effects sports have on the enivronment. They then complete a problem tree sheet to brainstorm solutions for the issue.
Sports and Olympics - Word Puzzle
Volleyball, table tennis, skiing! ESL/ELL learners first unscramble the letters in words associated with Olympic sports and then locate these terms in a colorful word scramble. An answer sheet is provided.
Sports Physiology and Statistics
If I want to build up my heart, where should I start? Science scholars use statistics in a sports physiology setting during an insightful experiment. Groups measure resting and active heart rates and develop a scatter plot that shows the...
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