Two Louis Riel School Division teachers are helping the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame teach kids that sports are an important part of the province’s history.
Julia Single and Trevor Reimer of Nordale School are working with the hall of fame to create lesson plans for Grade 4 to 6 kids to educate them about Manitoba’s sports history. Once the lessons have been taught, the kids can visit the hall for a field trip.
The trips will be more than just an opportunity to get out of class.
"We were asked to create lesson plans that could engage students when they go to the hall for a field trip," Single said. "Definitely these trips have to have a purpose, so this will help teachers see that a field trip to the hall of fame can be very meaningful."
As part of the lessons, students will have exercises to complete before, during and after they visit the hall.
"I think the appeal will be to all, whether they are sports fans or not. There are stations that let kids put on uniforms and have their pictures taken and lots of other really fun and interactive exhibits."
Debbie Schween, gallery manager for the MSHF, said it is important for the hall to make sure field trips are valuable to students and teachers.
"More and more teachers are being asked to justify field trips," Schween said. "With these lessons, kids can learn about the sports heroes who are showcased in the hall because these stories are a part of Canadian culture and Manitoba’s history."
Schween said part of the appeal of the lessons is that kids will learn about teams and athletes they otherwise might not have known about.
"These kids are too young to remember the last time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup and many don’t know the story of teams like the Winnipeg Falcons or the original Winnipeg Jets. Kids will have the chance to learn about ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
Schween also wants to give kids who may not be athletic a way to be engaged in sports.
"When learning about sports history, kids can find a way to get into sports even if they don’t play sports. This is a way for all kids to get involved in sports," she said.
To learn more, visit halloffame.mb.ca.