Athletics Printables

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Why Are Athletics Important?

Athletics are integral to public and private schools. In addition to the obvious physical fitness benefits, athletics can also provide opportunities to form friendships. In a team sport, players are typically close to one another. These relationships can span the length of a lifetime. Staying connected may provide students with a job as well as investment or social opportunity later in life.

Help your students learn about the importance of athletics with these free printables, which include crossword and word search puzzles as well as vocabulary and alphabetization work sheets.

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Athletics Wordsearch

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In this activity, students will locate 10 words commonly associated with athletics. Use the activity to discover what they already know about athletics and spark a discussion about the terms with which they're unfamiliar.

Get creative with this work sheet, and even throw in some history. For example, tell students that a "runway" is not just the walkway used in fashion shows. The long jump for men has been a modern Olympic event since 1896. To take part, athletes run down a runway that must be at least 40 meters long, before making their jump.

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Athletics Vocabulary

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In this activity, students match each of the 10 words from the word bank with the appropriate definition. They learn terms, including long jump, pentathlon, pole vault, steeplechase, jump the gun, heptathlon, decathlon, shot put and javelin. Take advantage of the opportunity to delve into some of these terms.

For example, the shot put is one of track and field's four basic throwing events, along with the discus, hammer and javelin throws. But the steel ball, known as the "shot," isn't thrown in a conventional sense. Instead, it's "put"—thrust with one arm, which travels forward and up at approximately a 45-degree angle relative to the ground. 

It’s a perfect way for elementary-age students to learn key terms associated with athletics, as well as the name of different sports associated with athletes.

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Athletics Crossword Puzzle

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Invite your students to learn more about athletics by matching the clue with the appropriate term in this fun crossword puzzle. Each of the key terms used has been provided in a word bank to make the activity accessible for younger students. 

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Athletics Challenge

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This multiple choice challenge will test your student's knowledge of the terms related to athletics. Let your child practice his research skills by investigating at your local library or on the internet to discover the answers to the questions about which he's unsure.

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Athletics Alphabet Activity

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Elementary-age students can practice their alphabetizing skills with this activity. They'll place the words associated with athletics in alphabetical order. Extra credit: If students are a bit older, have them write a sentence—or even a paragraph—about each word on the list. Let them go to the school library or use the internet to research each word. Afterward, have them share what they've learned with the class.

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Hernandez, Beverly. "Athletics Printables." ThoughtCo, Jul. 22, 2017, thoughtco.com/free-athletics-printables-1832359. Hernandez, Beverly. (2017, July 22). Athletics Printables. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/free-athletics-printables-1832359 Hernandez, Beverly. "Athletics Printables." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/free-athletics-printables-1832359 (accessed January 24, 2018).