This year I was able to collaborate with our PAC (Personal Accountability Coach) teacher (who is a behavior goddess) and we came up with some good lesson ideas on being a good sport.
So here is my list on resources/lesson ideas on sportsmanship!
|Howard B Wigglebottom Learns Winning Isn't Everything.|
Follow up ideas: Have the students create a comic strip about Howard. You could have them draw two comics, one representing bad behavior and one representing good behavior. For younger grades, start the comic for them and have them fill in the blanks. Get a layout for a comic here.
BookFlix- Book Flix has two stories you can watch/read. "Miss Nelson Has A Field Day" and "This is the Way We Play" by Scholastic News. Follow up ideas: Use these stories introduce the expectations for field day and discuss social skills involved in playing. Create a word web of actions that good sports demonstrate and then bad sports.
|Book by Joy Berry|
"Ping and Pong Are Best Friends (mostly)" by Tim Hopgood and "Super- Duper Dudley" by Sue Mongredien. "Ping and Pong" is the story of two friends that love to do new things, but they are also quite competitive and emotions arise when one friend is better at something than the other. "Super-Duper Dudley" is a similar story about a young dog that gets jealous when his friend gets more attention than he does. Follow up ideas: Have the students discuss what activities they are looking forward to, which activities they think they will be good at, and which activities they think may be harder for them. Discuss the role that jealousy plays in begin a good sport. Have them practice what they can say to friends that might be struggling or more successful to them. In small groups they can act out pre-written scenarios and practice using the "words" they just brainstormed.
"Michael's Golden Rules" by Deloris Jordan. This book is a big hit with boys and older students.
The story of a young boy who wants to win more than anything and faces the question "is there more to a good game than winning or loosing?" Follow up ideas: On the inside cover of the book is a quote by Michael Jordan (whose mom wrote the book)- "I've learned it takes heart to come out a winner every time, whether you win or loose." Have the students discuss this quote and share their opinion on if a good game is determined by a win or a loss. Then have the students create giant hearts and fill it with words that describe the "Golden Rules" discussed in the book and add their own. They could also create their own Olympic Golden Rules for field day.
"Brothers At Bat" by Audrey Vernick- a great story to encourage team work. Introduction ideas: Have the students try out a team building activity like the human knot or the sinking vessel. Have the students brainstorm what worked about the activity and what did not, what would they change, what examples of teamwork did they demonstrate and where could have they improve? Then introduce the book and follow up either by trying the activity again using the team work concepts discussed.
How do prepare students for field/fun days?