Winning and Losing - 1

Basic

Lesson Plan

Goal: When winning or losing a game, the student will use a socially appropriate response (such as “good game”or “thank you for playing”) to his/her opponent in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

Objectives:
1. Follow the rules of a game.
2. Congratulate or encourage the winner/loser of the game.
3. Display continued effort during a game, even if he/she is losing.

Teacher Guide

Definition of Key Terms: Winning means to come in first place. Losing means to not win.

Discussion Points

  • What is good sportsmanship?
  • What does it mean to be a good sport?
  • What are some ways to be a “poor or bad” loser?
  • What are some ways to be a “poor or bad winner”?

Discuss these points or your own with students. Review the discussion points with the students. Teacher may want to share their own examples of when he/she won or lost.

Possible activities to review the discussion points:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a sticky note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right, they may put their team's marker (x or o) on the grid.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: Good Sport

As a group discuss what it means to be a good sport, no matter whether you win or lose. Explain that no one wants to play with someone who isn’t a good sport. Develop a list and record student responses on a chart similar to the one displayed below. Be sure to capture what a good sport looks like and sounds like.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart below on chart paper or Interactive Board
Looks Like Sounds Like
Gives high 5's Says good game

Activity 2: Comic Strip Worksheet

Review the key points from the discussions held and Activity 1. Ask students to think about a time when they experienced good or poor sportsmanship. Discuss how it made the students feel. Ask them to think about whether they feel better showing good sportsmanship or poor sportsmanship.

Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A. Discuss their answers when all have finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Create a picture demonstrating good sportsmanship.

I can demonstrate good sportsmanship by

Activity 3: Put it to practice

Review the key points from Activities 1 and 2. Review what it sounds like and looks like to show good sportsmanship. Allow students time to play a variety of games such as Candy Land, Shutes and Ladders, or Uno. Encourage kids to practice being a good sport. Consider giving praise to a student when you hear or see good sportsmanship.

Materials Needed:
  • Variety of games

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of writing; a dialogue between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example script below. Replay the script if needed.

Ask students to complete Student Activity Sheet B.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

After students have finished and if time allows, ask students to partner together to role play the script.

Example script demonstrating winning and losing appropriately:
Chris: I like to play Candy Land it is fun!
Beth: Sure is!
Chris: I won but it was a good game for both of us.
Beth: Thank you for playing with me.
Chris: No problem. Do you want to play again?

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Don’t Be a Sore Loser, Roys Bedoys , Ha, Christine
  • If Winning Isn't Everything, Why Do I Hate to Lose? , Smith, Bryan
  • Sally Sore Loser: A Story about Winning and Losing , Sileo, Frank J.
  • Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn , Maxwell, John

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Application Activity

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating winning and losing appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to assist the groups in creating scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script Sheet- 1 per group
  • Pencil for each student

Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their recordings. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:

  • create a script as a class
  • pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
  • create the script by recording the dialog with a phone or other recording device.

Example script demonstrating winning and losing appropriately:
Chris: I like to play Candy Land. It is fun!
Beth: Sure is!
Chris: I won but it was a good game for both of us.
Beth: Thank you for playing with me.
Chris: No problem. Do you want to play again?

Example script demonstrating winning and losing inappropriately:
Chris: I won the game! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Beth: No you didn’t win, you cheated!
Chris: I am so much better at Candy Land than you.
Chris: No, I don’t want to play with you ever again!

Topic Checkout

Review the key points from previous activities and discussions with students. Ask students to complete the Student Topic Checkout.

After all students have finished, discuss the answers as a group.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
  • A pencil for each student

Student Assessment Sheet:

Directions: Complete each question.

1. Draw or write how you feel when you lose.

2. Draw or write how you feel when you win.

3. Draw or write how you show good sportsmanship.