PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: What Does Sportsmanship Mean To You?

Category: Sportsmanship

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials: Contruction Paper, Scissors with curved blades, Paper Stars, Tape, Sharpies


As a student teacher, I wanted to design a bulletin board that truly meant something to the students and I thought of no better way than if they had input in what was actually displayed. As the leaders of the school, I wanted the 5th grade students to set the example of great sportsmanship in class, at recess time and their time away from school. I presented the 5th grade students with the question, “What does sportsmanship mean to you?” One by one, each student raised their hands and gave me their interpretation. I ended up with some wonderful responses.

Shaking hands, Accepting Responsibility, Playing Fair, Supporting others, Follow the rules, listen for directions, Being a “Good Winner”, Taking turns, Cooperation, Teamwork, Respect, Honesty, etc.

It's become a great teaching tool. At the end of every class, I ask the students which aspect of sportmanship they displayed today and ask them to go place their hand on a star. They get a great sense of pride knowing they were a good sport in class.

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Submitted by Giancarlo Palumbo who teaches at West End Elementary, Lynbrook NY in Franklin Square, NY. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/13/2010 5:21:22 PM. Viewed 9601 times since 10/1/2010.

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Kristin LaFleur

You are so awesome! Something so simple, yet so meaningful! You are a great teacher :)


This is a very important concept for the students to learn. I am going to try it out in my classes. Thanks for the idea, keep them coming!!