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Gender in Sport

Look at the Olympics and the different sports that are played by men and women around the world. Create a list of sports that are gender specific and try them out!

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Plan

  • What kinds of Olympics will you look at? 
  • How many sports will you put on the list? 
  • How long do you need to complete this activity? 
  • What do you need to be successful? 

Do

  • Research sports that are in Olympics around the world 
  • Consider Winter and Summer Olympics along with the Special Olympics too. 
  • Create a list of sports that are gender specific.  
  • Discuss these sports and decide on a few to play together. 

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?  
  • What would you change next time? 
  • What were you successful at? 

Materials

Any materials needed for the sports that are going to be played 

Keep it Simple

Think of some sports that are typically for “boys” or “girls” (hockey vs. gymnastics for example). Play some of the sports provided it is safe to do so. After playing, discuss why they are considered a sport for girls, boys or anyone, and if it’s true. 

Take it Further

Compare different rules and uniforms that men and women have in different sports. Create a chart or diagram to see if there are any similarities and differences.