6th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of team spirit.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about teams and how they work together.
• Explore and apply the characteristics of teams and team spirit.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of team spirit.
• Orally use words that describe items that teams use and attitudes associated with team spirit.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about different types of teams and how they work together.
• Use key concept words [team, goal, spirit, cooperation, respect, compete, positive, position, sportsmanship, opponents, fan].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about team spirit:
• How a team shows team spirit and how it helps the team.
• What kinds of things a team uses or does to show its spirit.
• The difference between good team spirit and poor team spirit.
• How team spirit helps a team perform better.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What is team spirit? (a positive attitude about your team, your opponents and your goal).
• Ask students: What are some characteristics of team spirit? (sportsmanship, teamwork, encouragement, etc.)
• Say: Being on a team is fun but it means that you have to work together and have a good attitude. How does team spirit help a team? (it makes the game more enjoyable for all, it fosters respect between teammates as well as opponents, it builds confidence).
Guided Practice• Guide the students through the next four slides showing them various activities a team might participate in or various items a team might use. Always have the student describe whether or not those things can be attributed to good team spirit or poor team spirit and why.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students about their personal experience with being part of a team. After the second game, encourage them to share stories about how they have used team spirit.
Close• Ask students: Can only sports teams use team spirit? How can you use team spirit in other types of activities?
• Summarize for students that having great team spirit means you are a great team player. Once the team functions well, the team will play well. Encourage them to think about how they can encourage someone to have great team spirit.