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Wheeling through the years


Learning about technological and environmental impacts on sport and recreation through wheeled activities.

Unit aim

To explore environmental and technological impacts on choices in recreation activities.

General overview

This unit teaches children some skills that they can use to enhance their leisure time while gaining an understanding of the environmental and technological changes that have taken place in leisure activities over the last 30 - 40 years.

Key area(s) of learning

Sports Studies, Physical Activity.

Underlying concepts

This unit will enable students to develop an understanding of how the environment in which they live affects their personal well-being and that of society (health promotion); and identify and reflect on factors that influence their choices and behaviours related to physical activity (socio-ecological perspective).


Learning outcome

Learning experiences

Assessment opportunities

4B3 Students will experience and demonstrate how science, technology, and the environment influence the types of wheels equipment that we use. Brainstorm a variety of wheeled equipment used today and in the past. and compare the technological advances. Discuss how technology influences selection of sport and leisure activities. Anecdotal record of students' prior knowledge in the form of brainstorm.
3B2 Students will develop and demonstrate a range of skills while using bikes, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades.Students will develop movement skills for a modified game with wheels. Free choice session where students are allowed to bring wheeled equipment from home to share and play with.Buddy teaching on how to use your wheels equipment. For example how to break when rollerblading, and how to perform a skateboard jump.Students modify a game with wheels so that it suits the environmental aspects of the playground. For example modified roller hockey, scooter tag, or bike soccer.Practice skills and play modified games Peer feedback of buddy teaching session on students' ability to identify a skill.
3D1 Students will identify physical recreation and sport activities of the 1960/70s.Describe the effect that technology has had on leisure equipment in the last 30 - 40 years.Student will identify the influence of urbanisation on leisure activities involving wheeled equipment. Research physical activities and choices from the 1960/70s onwards.Describe the differences technology has had on designs of wheeled equipment.Brainstorm differences between a rural and urban area as far as choice of leisure activities go. Email an urban or rural school and survey their leisure activities.Contrast with your own school and question any differences? Predict future leisure trends.List advantages and disadvantages of your school playground in relation to opportunities for wheeled activities Assess student record sheet on comparison between technology, design and style of wheeled equipment.

Possible teaching approaches

Mosston's teaching spectrum. In this activity students move from command style teaching to student-initiated.

Possible lesson sequence:

Word icon. Wheeling Through the Years (Possible Lesson Sequence) (Word, 42 KB)

PDF icon. Wheeling Through the Years (Possible Lesson Sequence) (PDF, 15 KB)

Students worksheets:

Word icon. Wheeling Through the Years (Student worksheet) (Word, 35 KB)

PDF icon. Wheeling Through the Years (Student worksheet) (PDF, 11 KB)