Exploring Deaflympics

  • Introduction


    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.

    Discussion Rubric

    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

    France gold medal winners

    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.  

    Click to access a PDF of the article.

    Optional vocabulary worksheet.

    Students read the article and complete the worksheet:  History worksheet

    Additional vocabulary activity:  Word Search


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    Individual or Paired Activity:  Deaflympic Team Introduction

    Deaflympic Team Introduction Rubric

    Assign a group or pair of students to research a team participating in the 2019 Winter Deaflympics (or 2015 Deaflympics, if the 2019 teams have not yet been announced.)

    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.

    Template with picture placement.

    Click to download the PowerPoint template.


    Individual Digital Activity: Timeline

    Timeline Rubric

    Deaflympics 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.


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    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:

    Deaflympics Worksheet 1

    Deaflympics Worksheet 1 Answer Key

    Deaflympics Worksheet 2

    Deaflympics Worksheet 2 Answer Key 


    Sport Research

    Students use the template to research each Winter Deaflympic sport.

    Sports research worksheet

    Click to download Deaflympics Sports Research


    Host Country Research

    Students use the template to research the country hosting Winter Deaflympics 2019.

    Deaflympics Host Country Research Template

     Click to download Deaflympics Host Research.


    Brochure Design Video


    Draft Brochure

    Students use the following template to create a draft of their brochure.

    brochure blank template

    Click to download the Blank Brochure Template.


    Final Brochure

    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.  

    Brochure Rubric