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Sport-O-Rama

Tardif, Benoit (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 56 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781771383271 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Dewey: 796
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, structures and features

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Silver Birch Express Award Nominee – 2016

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This pictorial vocabulary book covers the terms and phrases associated with 23 different sports. From baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball to less familiar Olympic pursuits like fencing, rowing, judo and speed skating, this entertaining take on the world of athletics is visually pleasing and fun to explore.

Each sport is boldly announced at the top of a two-page spread. Inspired by poster art as well as silkscreen, illustrations are rendered in bright primary colours. The naïve, graphic style uses fleshed out stick figures for sporting heroes, medalists, referees and judges.

Terminology is chosen sparingly. In the spread about diving we learn about a “twist,” a “tuck” and a “pike,” with illustrations to match the actions. Funny captions add punch and character to the simple catalogue of images. A diver leaping off a 10-metre tower says, “What a view!”; an “impressed bird” exclaims “wow” at the height of a pole vault.

Aside from sporting equipment, clothes and basic rules of the game, we see examples of the determination it takes to be an athlete: sweat and tears, focus and disappointment, success and failure, medals, finishing lines and cheering coaches.

An author’s note explains his inspiration for the book. Back material includes brief paragraphs that summarize each sport and a glossary for trickier terms such as “kumi kata” and “peloton.”

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    Examine how the pictures, labels, dialogue and diagrams work together to convey information about the sports. How does your prior knowledge of the sports help you make inferences among these features?

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    Write (three) sports trivia questions based on information in the book. In teams, try to answer each other's questions in a friendly trivia challenge.

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    Invent a new sport and produce a book page in the same style as Sport-O-Rama. Assemble your pages into a class book.

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    Discuss how this non-fiction book is organized. What features help you understand it better?

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    Examine how the pictures, labels, dialogue and diagrams work together to convey information about the sports. How does your prior knowledge of the sports help you to make inferences among these features?

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    Watch some teacher-selected sports clips, minus the sound. Use that sport’s vocabulary page to help describe the event.

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    Choose a new sport (e.g. figure skating, snowboarding). Write a description and produce a page in the same style as Sport-O-Rama. Assemble your pages into a class book.

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    Make predictions based on the front and back covers. Working in pairs, list as many sports as you can. Check them off as the book is read.

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    Stop after reading half the book. With the upcoming sport in mind, create a similar sports page with squares and rectangles containing essential vocabulary and simple illustrations. Note how your page layout and information compares with the author’s.

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    Identify a sport not found in the book. Determine suitable dialogue, expressions and onomatopoeias. Add a page to a class book entitled The Sounds of Sport. Discuss the expressions. Which are heard most often? Where appropriate, reuse them to encourage classmates.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Education and Health