Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Sports Canada
Using the CBC Digital Archives website, other internet resources, and various other resources, small groups of students will research an athlete, team, or sport profiled in one or more of the CBC clips listed. From their research they will organize and present a nomination of the person, team, or sport to the Sports Canada Hall of Fame.
Before Project Launch
Consider launching this project in one or more of the following ways:
Write the names of the following sports on the board or overhead: curling, baseball, track and field, figure skating, hockey, bobsleighing, sharp shooting, rowing, skiing, basketball, golf, swimming, football, auto racing, and lacrosse. Explain to students that each of these sports is profiled within a topic on the CBC Digital Archives website, either through a profile of an athlete or team, or through a profile of the sport itself.
Have students search a collection of newspapers and magazines to find one headline and one picture related to any of these sports. Post these on chart paper or a bulletin board.
Brainstorm some of the athletes and teams that students associate with these sports. If necessary, introduce athletes, such as Nancy Greene, with whom students might not be familiar.
Hold a whole-group discussion about which sports the students feel are representative of Canada and thus worthy of being included under the title Sports Canada.
Outline the Project Parameters
Following the project launch,
introduce the idea that Halls of Fame are used to celebrate and honour
individuals and groups who have made significant contributions in a given
field. Explain that in this project they will have the opportunity to nominate
an athlete, a team, or a sport (from those profiled) to the Sports Canada Hall
Distribute and discuss the Project Outline with the students. Check that all students clearly understand the guidelines and expectations for the project.
The project includes the worksheets listed below. These worksheets describe each task and should be used by students in their groups. You can adapt the worksheets to suit the parameters of your project. Be sure that students have a clear understanding of each of the worksheets.
Use this worksheet to begin the project. Discuss the requirements and have students brainstorm ideas related to the project expectations.
Oral Presentation Worksheet
Students can use this worksheet to help organize and develop the outline for the oral presentation the group will make to nominate the athlete, team, or sport to the Hall of Fame.
Sound Collage Tips Worksheet
This worksheet explains what a sound collage is and gives ideas to be included in the development of the collage.
Sound Collage Selections Worksheet
Students can use this worksheet to help them make selections for the various sound bits on their collage.
Oral Presentation Tips
This worksheet gives tips on making oral presentations. Adapt it and add to it to incorporate your own focus. Students can use the tips as they develop and practise their presentation.
Model Assessment Rubric
If you are using this rubric as part of your assessment procedure, review it with students early in the project so that they understand clearly how they will be assessed.
Students must use all of the resources provided on the relevant CBC Digital Archives website topics. Each file provides information in a variety of media on the main page, along with a substantial listing of additional articles and Web links. Students may need support reading some of the material.
Revisit and Reflect
Set up a selection panel to whom the nominations are made. Either the whole class can serve as the panel or you can select students to act as the panel for each presentation. Invite panel members to give feedback to the group on what they liked best about their presentation and offer any suggestions for other ideas that might have been included. Allow group members time to reflect and comment on their presentation. Conduct a class survey to conclude which three athletes, teams, or sports would be most deserving of a spot in the Sports Canada Hall of Fame.
Have students do research on various Halls of Fame and
share the criteria that is used for nomination.
Have individuals or small groups do research to determine other sports that they feel should be included in the Sports Canada collection.
Resources for this topic
Dave, ed. Maclean's,Canada:
Our Century in Sport. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002.
Crossingham, John. Basketball in Action. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 2000.
Dryden, Ken. The Game: 20th Anniversary Edition. Toronto: Wiley Press, 2003.
Walker, Niki. Hockey in Action. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 2000.