Sportsmanship and Teamwork

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
Michael Jordan

Charlotte Anderson students learn effective strategies to demonstrate  great sportsmanship and teamwork. In this lesson you will learn to show the character traits of : Citizenship, Respect, Trustworthiness, Caring,  Responsibility, and Fairness (Grades K-2).


Can you remember a time when you demonstrated good sportsmanship or were part of a team working toward a common goal?


Have you ever felt left out of a game or activity like Joseph did in our video?

Who showed good sportsmanship?

How did the teams show fairness and sportsmanship to others on the time?

Things to Remember

Things to remember when playing with others:

1. Winning isn't everything

2. Every one sharing and caring is good sportsmanship.

Week 2:
Sportsmanship and Teamwork

Review the key points from the last lesson

1. Winning isn’t everything.

2. Every one sharing and caring is good sportsmanship.

3. Use encouraging words or positive-talk to help your team. Everyone’s working towards the same goal.

Teamwork Challenge:

1. Students will sit back to back on the carpet and lock arms.

2. Students will work together to stand while adoined. They will need to apply equal pressure back to back with feet flat on the floor in order to stand. Good luck on your challenge!

Challenge students to be respectful and encouraging when working together with their teammates.

Alternative Teambuilding Challenges


Where you able to use positive-talk when frustrated? Did you feel yourself start to get critical with your partner? What positive-talk did you hear being used around you?

Week 3
Sportsmanship and Teamwork

Scenario 1

After playing basketball almost every day at lunch for two weeks, you and a few others have noticed that one of the members doesn't often pass the ball to someone else who might have a better shot.  This has caused your team to lose several times.  How might you go about discussing good sportsmanship and teamwork with the person?

Discussion Questions

1. Did the team handle the situation correctly? What other strategies could the use?  

2. Did the ball hog get the message his teammates were trying to get across to him? What was that message?

3. Have you ever been in a situation similar to this one?

Scenario 2

You have been selected to join a team you had been working hard to be chosen for. The rest of the kids on the team have been together for a couple of years, and they aren't thrilled to have a newcomer: you.  How might you go about showing that you want to be a part of the team and will demonstrate good sportsmanship?

Discussion Questions

1. How did the newcomer show that she wanted to be apart of the team?

2. Did the team treat the newcomer fairly when she arrived for practice?

3. How should we treat new people when they join our school or sport teams?

Scenario 3

You have been playing sports for most of your life and have encountered all kinds of coaches-some good and some not so good.  You have been told that you are going to be Coach for the Day on your current team. How might you go about supporting your team in terms of sportsmanship and teamwork?

Discussion Questions

1. How did the coach demonstrate good sportsmanship and and teamwork?

2. What are some other ways the coach could of demonstrated sportsmanship and teamwork?

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