"Athlete Idol"...I have the idea, I just need some help!

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  1. PEteacher07

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    My goal this year in the gym is to teach the kids about influential athletes. I don't want to use all the athletes they would recognize either. I want to mix it up with athletes of the past but use contemporary ones too to keep their attention. (I am thinking 3rd-5th grade.) I want to focus on ones who have overcome obstacles whether it was b/c they were women, their family life was bad, they weren't allowed to play b/c of their race, etc.

    So I was thinking about introducing them to one maybe two athletes a week. I see all 500 students everyday so I wasn't for sure how to teach this as most specialists who would do something like this maybe see their kids once a week.

    I would give them small facts over the course of the week about each idol and see if anyone could figure out who it was. Maybe posting pictures and names all around my gym so they start putting names and faces together. I think this is kind of teasing them a little and I only have to spend a minute or two talking to them during the class period. After discussing all the athletes..I am thinking maybe between 10-15 athletes we vote.

    I want this to be interesting, but I am not going to take up much time teaching it and I don't want to stand up there and lecture at them either. However, I think it's important for them to learn about these ppl. I bet most of my kids don't even know who Jesse Owens or Billy Jean King are, but they made a HUGE impact in the sport that they played in.

    If you have any suggestions about how I can put this together, or suggestions for athletes to use please let me know. So far I have..

    1. Jesse Owens (Track and Field)
    2. Billy Jean King (Tennis)
    3. Michael Jordan (Basketball)
    4. Lance Armstrong (Cycling)
    5. Mildred "Babe" Didrikson (Track, Golf)
    6. Althea Gibson (Tennis)
    7. Wayne Gretsky (Hockey)
    8. Jack Nicklaus (Golf)
    9. Jackie Robinson (Baseball)
    10. Pele (Soccer)
    11. Babe Ruth (Baseball)
    12. Michael Phelps (Swimming)
     
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    A few years ago I found a site that had American History Idol. I will be able to get into my room on Monday. I will look for it. You might be able to follow the sample format.
     
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    How about Wilma Rudolph? Female black track star in the 60's that overcame polio? Arthur Ashe? Jim Abbott?
     
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    Mary Lou Retton would be a good one for gymnastics. The kids probably wouldn't recognize her.

    Also, we have a story in our textbook about Gertrude Ederle (champion swimmer who was the first woman to swim across the English Channel.) The kids absolutely love this story!
     
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    Jackie Joyner Kersee. Very interesting the way that she managed to get really good at her sports when she was growing up. She also started a sports club in her old neighborhood.
     
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    That is a wonderful idea. Lou Gehrig is also one to never be forgotten, or even Jackie Joyner Kersee.
     
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    UH-UH, Msmullenjr! I looked at your post (made literally when I typed it) and blinked a couple times. Mind reading! :)
     
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    I definitley don't mind adding a few more athletes, but I don't want to add on many more b/c I don't want to drag this out for too long or I know they will lose interest.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will look for it and if you find something, let me know!
     
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    You could always do it once a month, too, and the kids may really have their interests piqued waiting for three weeks until the next "Idol". :)
     
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    LOL great minds!!!!:thumb:
     
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    What a fabulous idea! I don't teach Phys Ed, but we wil be doing a Winter Olympics unit in February this year. I may need to "borrow" this idea!
     
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    I think it would be meaningful if you added some local athletic heroes. Maybe there's someone who had their moment in sports but who now coaches little league or midget football. My son was astounded to find out his pastor had once played professional sports.
     
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    Mario Lemeiux(sp?) for Hockey is another good one too :)
     
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    Billy Mills, the famous Native American runner.
     
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    Also, Oscar Pistorius -- this guy NEVER quits!
     
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    It's okay to borrow it. I actually stole the idea from my mom who is a music teacher. She did "Composer Idol" and said that her students loved it. I just wanted some other points of view which is why I came to my faithful teacher website!

    I honestly don't know if I want to drag it out that long. I really think they would lose interest if this thing took several months.
     
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    Look how long the real American Idol lasts and we still follow it! :lol:
     
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    Mark McGwire
    Sammy Sosa
    Barry Bonds
    Michael Vick
    Dennnis Rodman
    Roger Clemons
    OJ Simpson

    ok... maybe not :lol:

    I do think it's a good idea, I just couldn't resist...
     
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    I found my folder !!!!!!!!

    I found the folder with the site. It is still an active site. I just checkedc it. Here's the site. :)

    http://www.literacymatters.org/content/biographies/intro.htm
     
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    Thanks for the link!
     
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    I love this idea. Everybody is jumping on the 'idol' bandwagon (fairs, etc). Why not classrooms? This could be done in so many different areas, too: presidents, composers, scientists, etc. Athletes I would consider:

    Mia Hamm (soccer)
    Pete Gray (only 1 armed player in baseball history)
     

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