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Staying Up to Speed

Meg Gaertner, Focus Readers Editor

With coronavirus concerns sweeping the world, games and tournaments across all sports have been postponed, suspended, or cancelled. While students might not be able to watch their favorite athletes play in person or on television, they can still learn about the Biggest Names in Sports. Set 5 of this series introduces eight new stars in football, basketball, golf, tennis, and baseball.

As they brush up on their sports knowledge, students can also cement important math, writing, and language arts skills with Focus Readers’ free lesson plans.

Practice rounding and comparing decimals with Christian Yelich: Baseball Star. Calculate averages and explore how statistics can be useful with Luka Doncic: Basketball Star. See how descriptive language and dynamic verbs can make writing more compelling with Naomi Osaka: Tennis Star. And strengthen writing through revision and peer feedback with Brooks Koepka: Golf Star.

Other lesson plans help students use context clues to understand the meanings of common English idioms, use and recognize the meanings of different verb tenses, and use and explain the functions of different prepositions. Each lesson plan comes with a complete list of supplies and an answer key if applicable.

Help students stay up to speed on their favorite sports and reinforce key skills with Biggest Names in Sports. Can’t get enough of your students’ favorite athletes? Then you’re in luck! Focus Readers has a whole heap of sports titles to choose from, all with free lesson plans of their own, including four other sets of Biggest Names in Sports stars!

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