Extreme Sports Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

English Language Learners explore extreme sports through the activities in this lesson plan. The lesson plan culminates in a game of 'What's my extreme sport,' which encourages students to ask and answer questions in English.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Define the words: sport, extreme, and extreme sport.
  • Give examples of extreme sports.
  • Categorize extreme sports according to location (land, water, air, snow/ice).
  • Ask and answer questions about extreme sports.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 9-12.8

An ELL can determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

ELP 9-12.9

An ELL can create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Set of vocabulary cards - 1 card for each of the extreme sports listed below (1 set per student)
  • Photos or videos of extreme sports


  • Sport
  • Extreme sport
  • List of extreme sports:
    • Land: skateboarding, drifting, BMX, motocross, mountain biking, caving, slack lining, rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, zorbing, mountain boarding, xpogo, parkour, rappelling (abseiling), street luge, running of the bulls
    • Water: surfing, body boarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing, cave diving, paddle surfing, kayaking, cliff jumping, scuba diving, white water rafting, skim boarding jet skiing, blobbing, parasailing, barefooting
    • Snow and Ice: snowboarding, snow skiing, ice climbing, snowmobiling, snow kiting, ice cross downhill, bobsledding, luge
    • Air: base jumping, skydiving, wind suiting, bungee jumping, hang gliding, paragliding, slacklining

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