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The Scoop on Kids’ Sports

Whether you’re a team captain or just a fan, kids’ sports are a blast!

This article was originally published in the December 2019/January 2020 issue.

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Make a connection between sports . . . and art! Have your students take this quiz from the Tate Modern museum in London to learn which “arty sport” they should play. Or they can test their sports knowledge with  this quiz from DKfindout.

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Kids get involved in sports in all kinds of ways, but are travel sports out of control? Open up the conversation with your class using this debate from the May/June 2019 issue.

In the book Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends by David Stabler, students can learn about the everyday challenges of all-star athletes—like Gabby Douglas and Lionel Messi—faced as kids.

More About the Story


reading for information, evaluating    

Complexity Factors


The infographic provides a range of facts about kids’ sports.   


Information is presented using text, text boxes, images, numbers, and a bar graph.


The language is mainly conversational.

Knowledge Demands 

The text uses “average” as a mathematical term and mentions the Harry Potter books.

Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

1. Reading and Discussing 

Project the infographic as students follow along in their magazines.

Prompt students to use the headline, subhead, and central image to identify the topic of the infographic.

Ask: Is the purpose of the infographic to

  • explain something to you?
  • convince you of something?
  • tell you how to do something?

Have students look over the labels and images surrounding the central image. Ask:

  • How are they related to the central image? (They provide details about the main idea.)

Break students into groups to read each section of the infographic and discuss what they find interesting, surprising, or convincing.

Come back together as a class and ask volunteers to summarize the main idea and supporting details from the infographic.

2. Writing

Preview the writing prompt in the “Write to Win” box.

Download and distribute the guided-writing activity that goes along with the infographic.

Have students respond to the writing prompt. If you wish, send their responses to our infographic contest. 

Ideas to Engage and Inspire

Have students create their own infographics! Download our “Make Your Own Infographic” activity from Storyworks Digital.