CONTENT AREA: Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level: 8-12
Objective 1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of Deaflympics from the early 1900s to the present time;
Objective 2: Students will develop a product draft using an organized structure appropriate to purpose and audience;
Objective 3: Students will develop a final product using appropriate writing, editing, and relevant sources.
2015 Winter Deaflympics Highlights: Group Discussion
Explain to students that they are going to watch a video of some of the highlights from the 2015 Deaflympics.
Possible prompt questions:
- Where do you think the Deaflympics were held in 2015?
- What sport looks most exciting?
- Have you ever participated in any of these sports?
- Was there a sport you hadn't seen before, and if so, what was it? Describe it.
- What sport seemed to be the most dangerous? Why?
Individual Activity: History of Deaflympics
Students skim the short article from Deaflympics.com for words in which they are unfamiliar: https://www.deaflympics.com/icsd/history.
Students use the internet to research the meaning of the word and the ASL sign for that word.
Students read the article and complete the worksheet: History worksheet
Additional vocabulary activity: Word Search
Individual or Paired Activity: Deaflympic Team Introduction
Students use the template to create a presentation featuring members of the assigned team.
Modification: Assign a limit to the number of team members required.
Individual Digital Activity: Timeline
Using Canva.com, students create a timeline depicting memorable moments in the history of Deaflympics.
Navigate to Canva.com and create a free account.
Conduct a search for "Timeline Infographic"
Choose one of the templates and replace the template text.
Download or share your design.
Culminating Activity: Deaflympics Brochure
Students create a 2020 Winter Deaflympics brochure, featuring a description of each event and information about the host country. Brochure Rubric
Group Activity: Deaflympics Livestream
Learn more about Deaflympics from Dr. Donalda Kay Ammons:
Students use the following worksheets during or after the video:
Students use the template to research each Winter Deaflympic sport.
Click to download Deaflympics Sports Research
Host Country Research
Students use the template to research the country hosting Winter Deaflympics 2019.
Click to download Deaflympics Host Research.
Brochure Design Video
Students use the following template to create a draft of their brochure.
Click to download the Blank Brochure Template.
Students can choose from a number of resources to complete their projects. Sites like https://www.canva.com/ and https://spark.adobe.com have brochure templates. Programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and a number of others also have templates.
Students graph the Winter Deaflympic sport:
More Activities and Ideas
For more ideas on Deaflympics activities, including academic tie-ins, bulletin board ideas, art projects and more, visit our Deaflympics Lesson Ideas Pinterest Board.