The kids love this lesson. I start by handing them a ball: large, bouncy, not hard or heavy. And command them through the following verbs:
I use my handheld white board to show things like to win/to lose. I test them after several repetitions. What this means, whatever room we are in gets destroyed by a bouncy, happy kid and a ball 🙂 The above is fine for younger children. For older children, we move on…
To the nouns of sports, again using the whiteboard:
Then after they understand the key vocabulary I describe the impossible-to-understand sport of baseball, again using the whiteboard and the vocabulary they just learned. I don’t expect them to understand how to play, but I want them to hear the words “hit” and “bat” in use.
Then I give them the whiteboard and have them explain to me their favorite sport using the vocabulary we just learned.
An extension to this lesson is reading about Sports Combinations from busyteacher.org