As I watched the Superbowl on Sunday, I couldn’t help but notice the behavior of these “idols” to many and hoping they would live up to their image. For the most part, it was a great game filled with excitement and some disappointment. But, there were some times that emotions ran high and our idols were less than idealistic.
Monday morning found me struggling with this idea of being a good sport, and how important it is to teach our students this quality in a structured, focused and purposeful way. Many typical kids learn these skills from coaches and other adults who influence them while honing their athletic skills on the court, field or pool. However, what about those students who simply do not have the skill or desire to play a competitive sport? These skills are equally important, and we need to teach them at an early age.
Of course it takes LOTS of practice but we need a place to start. A social story is the perfect way to introduce this topic and start some good conversations. You can download this FREE copy of my social story : Being a Good Sport by clicking HERE or on the picture below.
I have created some activities that go along with this story and you can grab the entire unit in my store on TPT. There are sorting activities for several different learning levels as well as a booklet for students to make. Grab all 30+ pages by clicking on the image below.
Being a good sport is not always easy, but it is very important. Learning how to win and how to lose graciously is something every student deserves to be taught as well as witness from their heroes.