Cross-Curricular Connections With Sports
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
When it comes to teaching with sports, the possibilities for meaningful connections are innumerable. Scoring points, statistics, records, and movement lend themselves for sports-themed activities in math and physics. Survey American culture by following national sporting competitions. Use sports to teach character development; teamwork, courage, and perseverance are some of the cornerstones of great athleticism. A lesson in sportsmanship is a lesson in humility — how to win gracefully, and how to handle a disappointment.
Plus, the high emotions, Cinderella stories, underdog hopefuls, and the pressure from the crowd make sporting events the perfect backdrop for a drama to unfold. Choose from a vast selection of sports literature below to grab the interest of any reader.
Geometric principles are taught through yoga and games. A booklist is included.
Research supports teaching through themes, and this football theme takes learning to the pro level. Common core standards are laced throughout fun and learning in a football-themed event.
What a difference friction makes! When Ms. Frizzle's kids get off the Bus into the world of non-friction, they can't even walk. Your students can work in small groups to find how movement changes when there is more, and less, friction.
Students examine sports team names to learn the difference between connotation and denotation/definition of words.
Would you rather be on Team Sloth or Team Meteor? Students analyze the connotation of fictitious names, paying special attention to the human reaction to words.
Students K-2 explore the exciting dogsled race across Alaska while creating a picture dictionary of key Iditarod terms.
In this activity, children develop motor skills and engage in activities that encourage teamwork and creative thinking.
Children engage in a variety of kickball games designed to increase their coordination skills and motor development.
Children engage in fun, cooperative games that develop gross-motor and memory skills.
These treasured picture books about baseball will capture the attention of both male and female students. Introduce them to true stories of people who tenaciously fought to play a game they loved.
One of the best ways to keep your students engaged throughout the rest of the school year is to teach them about our country's "national pastime," baseball! Get ready to batter up and share these out of the ballpark picture books and ideas with your class!
Have your class take a tally on which sports they like best.
A play about Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers that shows the racial prejudice faced by the first black player in Major League Baseball.
After reading the book on baseball great Babe Ruth, students participate in three activities to continue the learning.
These three activities will help students review the main characters and climax of the novel, and prompt a discussion on the story's unsolved mystery.
Encourage physical development by setting up an age-appropriate challenge course where children use large-motor skills in this ready-to-use teaching idea for two- and three-year olds. Activity: Movement.
Follow the international sporting event in its modern form from its origins as a small competition in 1896 to the world-class headline maker of today.