Sports Themed Activities {Rafflecopter Giveaway!}

For the next few weeks, we are going to be focusing on a Sports theme. Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is at the end of the month, and do not fear, we’ll be working our way into that by the end of next week. But, considering my students are super sick of pumpkins and leaves, I think it’s safe to say they need a little break from fall themed activities. I sort of clump Thanksgiving into our Holiday theme, so we’ll be celebrating lots of fun things.

I wanted to post visual plans, but in our classroom, there are so many different things going on at once. Students are in and out (I try to integrate them into the regular ed classes as much as I can).

Here is a run-down of our schedule as of today (it changes like the wind, because they change!)

Morning Work

Circle Time
Gross Motor Break
Structured Storytime
Math Tub Tasks
Phonemic Awareness Whole Group
Literacy Tub Tasks
Specials – Lunch – Recess
Leisure Time (Choice time AKA iPad reward time)    πŸ™‚
Science/Social Studies
Independent Work Stations (Table Time – Workshop – Workboxes)
Wrap up the day
See ya later πŸ™‚

For right now, this schedule seems to be the bees-knees. We do most of our interactive work in the morning, when our kids are still pumped to be at school and they will put up with us (insert wink). In the afternoon, when they start to get a little a tired (6 hours is a LONG time), we do more independent work so they can just worry about the work in front of them that they don’t have to think too hard about. Independent work for our students is meant to be on concepts they have MASTERED. We want our students to learn how to work by themselves, without us hovering to help.

In an effort to provide you with a idea of some of the work we do during our day, I’m going to do a type of visual run-down. I hope you get some ideas! Also – be sure to watch for the FREEBIES!

For our structured reading group, I will be doing lots of fun read alouds, as well as focusing on specific sports, essential vocabulary, categorical sorting, and WH- questions using the adapted books and activities from my Sports Adapted Books Pack. We will also get to watch the Brainpop videos on basketball, soccer, football, and baseball.

For math tubs, I’m pulling activities from my basic skills pack to work on counting, more/less, big/little, graphs, and counting change. We will also be using my Colorful Footballs Count and Color Adapted Book to practice color recognition and counting.

Tub #2 More/Less
Tub #3 Patterns
Tub #5 Graphs
For literacy tubs, I’m using tasks from my Sports Work Tasks pack as well as the readers from my basic skills pack. I will also be pulling some Letter Recognition activities from my Interactive Letter Pack as well as the Interactive Adapted Letter Books of the letters we are focus on this week. We have some tubs that never change (Words their way sorts, Handwriting without tears, Alphabet Stamps, etc.).

At table time, I am using my clothespin task back to fill up our clear container task boxes so my students can work independently on basic skills while working on those fine motor skills at the same time!
At workshop, I have fun some hands-on activities for the kiddos.

Assembly Task – I have an over-abundance of those rubber sports bracelets in 3 different colors. Students will be assembling containers filled with 1 of each color

Sorting Task – At the dollar tree, I found sports themed piggy banks (perfect, right?). I got a baseball, soccer ball, basketball, and a football. I glued a penny on one, nickel on one, dime on one, and a quarter on one and the students will be using these to sort change.

Sorting Task – Students sort felt cut outs of sports equipment (Sports Balls from Michael’s Craft Store)

In the tubs numbered 1-6, I have magnet cookie tray tasks for students to complete as well. The tasks in there right now come from my Sports Work Tasks Pack.

Our workboxes involve a lot of math manipulatives and recyclables. I also include lots of sorting and matching tasks from the above packs.
In the afternoon, I will be using my new Interactive Science Pack “Five Senses at a Basketball Game” along with some video clips, taste testing, realia (basketball, jersey, sneakers, etc – all stolen from my hubby – shh – he’ll never know!)
For my homework packs, I will be pulling printer friendly activities from my basic skills pack as well as the printer friendly five senses sort. We will also continue to do weekend remnant baggies – which I am planning on a post on (I’m super obsessed with them!)

WOW — that’s a lot of information!
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  1. Cherie on November 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    We don't do a sports theme but this pack would be perfect during the week leading up to our Sports Day!
    Fluttering through the Seasons

  2. Erin Hagey on November 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I haven't planned out all of my themes for the year, but a sports theme would be a lot of fun!

    You AUT-a Know

  3. Kate on November 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I have not done a sports theme in the past, but I am always looking to do new themes each year. These activitieis look fun!
    Fun in ECSE

  4. Kyrstyn on November 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I have never done a sports theme before, but it looks like fun. I think this would be nice change in January when football is heading into the playoffs, baseball will be starting, and basketball is going strong. I know my students would really enjoy this.

  5. HollisHarmon on November 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I currently have a colorful theme, if you can call it a theme, but 80% of my class is boys so they would probably appreciate the sports theme!

  6. annc999 on November 12, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I'm entering for a friend who's a teacher. Not sure if she does or not, but I'd guess she does. She does EVERYTHING in her power to be an amazing teacher/mentor to her special kids.

  7. Chelsea Koss on November 12, 2014 at 1:36 am

    This is such a great idea! I am curious to what you do for Gross Motor time– if it happens to sports related to stick to your sports theme? πŸ™‚

  8. Magilldl on November 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I haven't done a sports theme yet, but have 4 very active boys who would love it!!!

  9. Anonymous on November 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I have not done a sports theme. But I love yours!

  10. Anonymous on November 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I have not done a sports theme. My kiddos are all very competitive, and are involved in many outside sports. This package would be perfect. πŸ™‚

  11. Sarah Forst on November 13, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I haven't done a sports theme before, but I think my kids would love it!

  12. The Chevron Owl on November 13, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I do a sports theme for summer school but have never really loved what I have. Your activities are amazing and my kiddos would love this!

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