Unit Study: Kindergarten Sports Exploration

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Explore various sports and physical activities.
  2. Understand the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and physical fitness.
  3. Develop basic motor skills through sports-related games and exercises.
  4. Enhance creativity through sports-themed arts and crafts activities.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of sports history, culture, and healthy habits.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Introduction to Sports

  • Introduction to the concept of sports and its benefits
  • Identify and discuss different sports and physical activities
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Sports Collage” using pictures from magazines

Day 2: Teamwork and Sportsmanship

  • Focus on teamwork: Discuss the importance of working together in sports
  • Learn about good sportsmanship and fair play
  • Physical activity: Engage in team-based relay races

Day 3: Exploring Ball Sports

  • Focus on ball sports: Discuss various ball games (e.g., soccer, basketball)
  • Learn basic skills like throwing, catching, and kicking
  • Arts and crafts: Create paper plate “Ball Masks”

Day 4: Active Play and Movement

  • Explore active play and movement: Discuss the benefits of staying active
  • Engage in movement-based games (e.g., Simon says, freeze dance)
  • Reading a related storybook

Day 5: Sports Around the World and Culmination

  • Learn about sports from different cultures and regions
  • Geography component: Identify countries known for specific sports
  • Culmination activity: Create a class “Sports Parade” with students showcasing different sports costumes

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “Let’s Play Soccer!” by Patricia J. Murphy Amazon Link
  2. “The Berenstain Bears: We Love Soccer!” by Mike Berenstain Amazon Link
  3. “Goodnight Baseball” by Michael Dahl Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. Sesame Street: “Elmo’s World: Play Ball!” YouTube Link
  2. Super Simple Songs: “Head Shoulders Knees & Toes (Speeding Up)” YouTube Link
  3. The Kiboomers: “Basketball Song” YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts Activity

Create “Ball Masks”: Provide paper plates, craft materials, and elastic bands for students to create masks representing different ball sports.

Physical Activity

“Team Relay Races”: Organize simple relay races that encourage teamwork and cooperation among students.

Culmination Activity

Host a “Sports Parade” where students dress up in costumes representing various sports and showcase their understanding of different physical activities.

Bible Connection

Discuss biblical principles related to teamwork, treating others with kindness, and taking care of our bodies as mentioned in passages such as 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Matthew 22:39, and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

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