And the Winner Is...

By Tina Hager

Books to Share

  • A-Hunting We Will Go! by Steven Kellogg.
  • Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London.
  • Hurry Granny Annie by Arlene Alda.
  • Miss Nelson Has a Field Day by Harry Allard.

Books To Show or Booktalk

  • Canoeing by Laurie Lattig-Ehlers.
  • Diamond Life: Baseball Sights, Sounds, and Swings by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
  • Football for Fun by Kenn Goin.
  • Looking After Louis by Lesley Ely.
  • Rhinos Who Surf by Julie Mammano.

Bulletin Board

Readers Are Winners

Outline the edges of the bulletin board with the trophy pattern. Place various titles of sports books on the bulletin board. Precut extra paper trophies for the children to place next to their favorite titles.

Nametag

Winner’s Medal

Use the medal pattern provided to create nametags.

Displays

Display sports items and related books around the library. For example, make a softball or baseball display by using a bat, ball, glove, and books about softball or baseball. Make a tennis display by surrounding a tennis racket and tennis ball with books about tennis.

Decorations

Decorate the library with sports pictures cut from magazines or created using copyright-free computer clip art. Discovery School.com at http://school.discovery.com/clipart/category/sprt1.html provides some great images.

Refreshments

Ask a grocery store to donate hot dogs and veggie dogs and buns that can be heated in a microwave for the kids and families to eat. Provide cupcakes for the kids to decorate to look like baseballs. Provide white frosting and plastic knives for the kids to use to frost the cupcake. Provide tubes of red frosting to draw the baseball lacing. Serve sports drinks, such as Gatorade® or Powerade™.

Rhymes and Poetry

Read the poems “A Swing And A Miss,” “Synchronized Swim Team,” and “Lashondra Scores,” from the book Doodle Dandies: Poems that Take Shape by J. Patrick Lewis.

Ten Little Gymnasts

(By Tina Hager. All of the children begin standing in a line, moving to the side of the program room in turn, as the recitation counts down.)

Ten little gymnasts standing in a line. (All standing)


One touched their toes and then there were nine. (One child touches toes and walks to the side of the room)

Nine little gymnasts worried they were late. (All children pretend to look at watch on wrists)


One went to check the time then there were eight. (One child walks to the side of the room with others)

Eight little gymnasts in a line so even; (Children left make sure to stand in even line)


One sat down and then there were seven. (One child sits down with others on the side of the room)

Seven little gymnasts practicing their kicks; (Children practice kicking air)


One went away and then there were six. (One child walks to the side of the room with others)

Six little gymnasts looking at the floor, (Children left look at the floor)


Two did somersaults and then there were four. (Two children somersault over to others on the side of the room)

Four little gymnasts acting liking a tree; (Children left raise arms over head)


One shook their leaves and then there were three. (One child shakes arms and walks to the side of the room with the others)

Three little gymnasts, not sure what to do; (Children left shrug their shoulders)


One turned in circles and then there were two. (One child turns in circles and walks to where others are on the side of the room)

Two little gymnasts, thinking the day was done;


Both left the floor and then there were none. (The two children who are left walk to the side of the room with the others)

Gone Fishing

Read the poem, “Gone Fishing” from Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George.

Songs

Let’s Play Basketball

(By Tina Hager. Sing to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.” The children may act out the song, with or without props.)

Here we go round the basketball court,


The basketball court, the basketball court;


Here we go round the basketball court,


So early in the evening.

This is the way we bounce the ball,


Bounce the ball, bounce the ball;


This is the way we bounce the ball,


So early in the evening.

This is the way we pass the ball,


Pass the ball, pass the ball;


This is the way we pass the ball,


So early in the evening.

This is the way we shoot the hoop,


Shoot the hoop, shoot the hoop;


This is the way we shoot the hoop,


So early in the evening.

This is the way the crowd cheers hooray,


Crowd cheers hooray, crowd cheers hooray;


This is the way the crowd cheers hooray,


So early in the evening.

Riddles and Jokes

Q. What sport do frogs like to play in the winter?


A. Ice hoppy.

Q. How did the hot dog win the race?


A. He was declared the wiener.

Consult 101 Super Sports Jokes by J. B. Stamper for more jokes and riddles.

Crafts

Race Car Magnets

Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Magnets

Directions

In advance, cut large and small circles from construction paper of any color, or use a die-cut machine to create them. Cut the large circles in half, and cut some of the small circles in half. Give each child one large half-circle, one small half-circle, and two small circles. The large half circle is the body of the car. The children glue the two small circles to the flat edge of the large half-circle to make the car wheels. They glue the smaller half-circle towards the front of the body of the car for a window, and attach a magnet to the back.

racecar magnet parts

racecar magnet whole

Games and Activities

Sporty Scavenger Hunt

If you have decorated the library with sports pictures, as suggested for this program, make a list of them. Give a copy of the list to each child and see if he/she can find all of the pictures. Give small prizes, such as bookmarks or pencils, to the children who locate all the pictures.

Guest Speakers

Invite local high school coaches to speak to the children about the sports they coach, how the games are played, and the equipment used by the players.

Videos/DVDs/Film

  • Angels in the Outfield. (103 minutes)
  • The Mighty Ducks. (104 minutes)

CD-ROMs

Awesome Athletes.

Professional Resources

  • Doodle Dandies: Poems that Take Shape by J. Patrick Lewis.
  • 101 Super Sports Jokes by J. B. Stamper.
  • Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George.
  • Discovery School.com


    http://school.discovery.com/clipart/category/sprt1.html


    The Discovery Channel provides sports images and silhouettes to use for non-profit and educational projects.

 



Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011