Sports Stars! | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Sports Stars!

    Physical Activity Level
    • Moderate Vigorous

    • Classroom

    • Gymnasium

    • Multipurpose

      • Appendix B

      • Audio equipment and music

      • Sports Stars Cards (see GETTING ACTIVE)

    Safety Considerations

    Students must move safely between the stations. Remind students to be aware of the personal space of others as they move.


    Students will actively and safely explore a variety of sports.

    Warm Up

    On your mark

    • Students move around activity area, and on your signal, gradually move faster as they warm-up (e.g., walk, speed walk, jog, side-step, gallop).
    • Every once in a while, ask students to make the movements of a sport (e.g., shooting a basketball, kicking a soccer ball) for 10s-20s.
    • Alternate between moving around the area and making sports movements.
    • Prompt students to perform a different sport action each time, keeping within their own personal space. Continue for 1–2 minutes.

    (Adapted from: Toronto District School Board, DPA Supplementary Handbook, 2007.)

    Getting Active

    Acting out the Story

    • In groups of 2-3, each group gets a Sports Stars Card. To make the cards, write down the name of a sport and an associated movement (see Chart for ideas). Add new ones that might be relevant to students in your school or community.

    Group members look at the information on the cards, thinking of the actions that athletes perform while playing the sport. Then they mimic the movements.

    • Start the music and select 1 group to begin demonstrating their sports movement while the other groups jog on the spot.
    • All other groups join in, trying to move in sync with the beat of the music, for 15-30 seconds.
    • Then direct students to perform a designated activity (e.g., gluteal kicks, in-out heel touches, leap frog on the spot) while waiting for another.
    • Each group demonstrates its sports movement so all students can copy it, for 15-30 seconds.
    • This process continues until all groups have demonstrated the movements on all of the Sports Stars Cards.

    Example Movements for Sports Stars Cards

    Baseball/softball: Jumping to catch a popfly.
    Basketball: Shooting a free throw.
    Boxing: Moving feet quickly and punching the air.
    Hockey: Taking a slap shot.
    Lacrosse: Passing a ball to a teammate.
    Running: Running on the spot.
    Swimming: Backstroking.
    Ultimate Frisbee: Throwing the frisbee.
    Volleyball: Blocking a hit/serve.
    Wrestling: Leg wrestle.

    • If time remains, link all actions together with each group performing their movement successively.
    • Continue until all groups have performed their movements and the sequence is complete. Then repeat the sequence continuously for the duration of the activity.

    (Adapted from: Toronto District School Board, DPA Supplementary Handbook, 2007.)

    Cool Down

    Strike a Pose

    • Students travel slowly around the activity area to the beat of the music.
    • Every time the music is paused, each student holds a stretched pose that represents his or her favourite sports activity.
    • Restart the music and students continue around the activity area, selecting a new pose when the music is stopped again.
    • Lead the students in some final static stretches for the duration of the cool-down (approximately 1 minute), holding each stretch for 10-15 seconds. See Appendix B for ideas about stretching exercises.

    (Adapted from: Toronto District School Board, DPA Supplementary Handbook, 2007.)

    Other Considerations
    • Tie the movements into learning about Aboriginal athletes who are accomplished in the various sports. Consult local athletes from your community, and see Appendix J for other examples.
    • Consider using powwow music for this activity. See Appendix D for ideas.