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Episode 53 — More Than Sports Stories


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 18:17
Original Air Date Published August 07, 2012

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


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Lesson Plans

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry

Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Race With Grace: Sports Poetry in Motion

In this lesson, athletics, aesthetics, and poetics intersect in new ways as developing literacy learners experiment together with the forms of language.


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Calendar Activities

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6

The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.

Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.


Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 6

James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, was born in 1861.

Students look at Naismith's original 13 rules for basketball and write about the rules and how they have changed in small groups.


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Activities & Projects

Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project

That Sounds Fun! Sound Words and Sports Poetry

In this activity, children and teens use their experiences playing or watching sporting events (or other types of outdoor games) to write poems that are full of the sounds of the games.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Write "Moving" Sports Poetry

We've all heard the expression “poetry in motion”—this activity gets children writing poems about grace and movement using photos of athletes.


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