With web pages that celebrate great Canadian athletes, explain the science behind sports and highlight North American indigenous games, this issue's NetWatch offers some of the best sports sites for kids.
by Lynda Scarrow
This beautifully designed, easy to navigate site honours the North American Indigenous Games. Presented by Virtual Museum Canada, the site includes detailed information on the Sacred Run, lacrosse, canoeing and kayaking, Métis and Inuit games, archery, Coast Salish canoe racing and Woodland games and sports.
Flash quizzes and games provide you with the opportunity to test your knowledge and skills.
A particular favourite is the kayak race, where you manuvre a kayak through obstacles. Each time you hit a stone in the river, the amount of damage is recorded in a bar at the bottom of the page.
Teacher's Corner provides a complete listing of web and print resources divided into elementary and secondary categories. Instructions for various games such as Long Ball and wolf-or-hunter-tag are also provided, with indications regarding the appropriate grade level.
Canada's physical activity guide for children and youth
Health Canada's site provides a series of good activity guides for children and youth. The Teacher's Guide to Physical Activity for Children includes tips on how to motivate behaviour change, ideas for fun class activities, plus stories of how other educators were able to build physical activity into their lesson plans.
You can order the colourful physical activity chart and activity stickers allow kids to track their progress in becoming more physically active. The chart is suitable for posting on a fridge or bulletin board and stickers featuring various activities can be added as each activity is completed.
Two interactive magazines - Gotta Move for children and Let's Get Active! for youth - are filled with tips, tricks, quizzes and games, making them excellent companion resources for the teacher guide. All documents are provided as PDFs.
Based in Toronto, Readysetgo is a project of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association.
Geared more to parents, it has some excellent resources for teachers as well, including an article, "Physical Activity in Your Child's School", and a section on sports basics.
An area specifically for kids includes interactive games and an invitation to "Meet an Athlete."
Lynda Scarrow is the College's web editor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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