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Rell Sunn, Queen of Makaha Beach

Rell Sunn, a famous Hawaiian, proved that women could ride the big waves as well as men. Show your favorite athlete in action!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Open a discussion with students focused on the influence athletes have had on their lives. What famous athletes do you follow? What obstacles have they overcome in their lives and sports careers? Rell Sunn continued to surf even during her cancer treatments! Invite students to learn more about favorite athletes. Organize a variety of resources for students to view during this research. When research is complete, students will show how their selected athletes tackle the waves (or any other sport) in an action-packed 3-D scene.
    2. With Crayola® Washable Markers, students decorate an open file folder for their scenes. Make one half the background (waves and sun, for example) and the other half the foreground (sand and palm trees). Make the sport come alive with bright colors! To add sparkle, apply Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue.
    3. Students decide how to position their surfers: catching a wave, sitting on a board, or perhaps standing on the beach. Draw the figure with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on another file folder. Cut out figures with Crayola Scissors. With the markers, design a cool bathing suit and fabulous surfboard.
    4. To position surfers on the folders, first cut a cardboard tube into two short pieces. Color them to blend into the scene. With Crayola School Glue, attach one piece to the back of your figure. Glue the second roll so it forms a T on the middle of the tube already attached. Air-dry the glue.
    5. Stand the file folder up to form an L. Glue one end of the surfer support to the foreground and the other end to the background. Air-dry scene.
    6. Students report on their selected athletes using artwork as a visual.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.

    VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Great African-American Athletes by Taylor Oughton; Extraordinary Women Athletes by Judy L. Hasday; Dare To Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra McLeod Humphrey

    In preparation for presenting their athletes' research to classmates, students dress up as their chosen athlete. If possible, use recycled materials in creating the costume.

    Students research the islands of Hawaii and how waves and tsunamis are formed. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.

    Students write a personal biographical sketch. Students include photographs of their childhood, family members, pets, etc. to enhance the presentation.


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