Sportsmanship Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

This lesson plan will help you instruct your students about sportsmanship using a text lesson for guidance. Students will then show understanding in role playing and real-life situations.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain ways to show good sportsmanship
  • describe why good sportsmanship is important
  • identify good and poor sportsmanship in situations and offer guidance when necessary


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.2

Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Copies of the lesson Sportsmanship: Definition & Examples, one for each student
  • Role-playing task cards depicting sportsmanship situations
  • Balloons
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Poster board
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Sportsmanship
  • Shake hands
  • Honesty
  • Stop play
  • Kind gestures
  • Take responsibility
  • Respect
  • Clapping
  • Sympathy

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to think of a time they were playing a sport or game and someone acted rudely by cheating or being unkind in some way. Share your own experience to get them started.
  • Have students write their ideas down, then break them into small groups to share. Ask:
    • What was it like to have someone act this way?
    • How did it impact the game?
    • What do you know about how to act when you play games and sports?
    • How did you learn these things?
  • Tell students they will be learning about good sportsmanship. Allow students to briefly share their past experiences and current knowledge on the topic.

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