Level: Intermediate to advanced
Objective: To describe lesser-known sports and identify their appeal to people
Skills targeted: Reading for details, using graphic organizers, making conclusions, writing with comparatives and equatives
STEP 1 – Students receive a list of 4-6 lesser-known sports. For each sport, provide a recommended link that offers background information. Suggestions:
Students should work in pairs or small groups of 3 at computer stations. (Alternative: Use printouts of web pages.) They need to explain in 3-5 sentences how each sport is played. This information should be recorded. You can offer a chart to organize their findings:
How is the sport played?
What’s the object of the game?
Words to describe
this sport/ game:
STEP 2 – Students must then draw conclusions about whom each sport appeals to. They may also include their personal opinions of each sport. Again, notes should be taken. Encourage use of comparatives and equatives. Examples: Shuffleboard isn’t as exciting as zorbing, but shuffleboard is more competitive. Bocce is probably as physically demanding as shuffleboard. Orienteering is good for active people who like the outdoors. We think zorbing is more fun than any of the other sports.
STEP 3 – Have each pair or small group present information on one sport. The class may comment after each group finishes their brief presentation.
Other lesser-known sports: bog snorkeling, curling, street luge racing, bossaball.