Classroom activities

Hockey Drill, Grades 4-6

Curriculum tie-ins

Any curriculum area can be chosen (spelling, math, history, geography, etc.).

Hockey Drills

This activity makes any routine learning drill lots of fun! Whether you're reinforcing multiplication tables, division, historical information, geographical facts or spelling-words, try this hockey-based game to get your class fired up to compete in a fun atmosphere. In this activity, the classroom becomes an arena and the teacher becomes the quiz master/referee.

Here's how it works:

Divide the class into two teams. Assign one student on each team to be a goalie. The other students, who are players, are lined up in order with the goalie at the end of the line.

Address a question to the first player on each team. As in any drill, the object is to be the first to answer. If the first student to answer gives an incorrect response, the other team's player is given the opportunity to answer the question. (If neither student answers correctly, the same two players are given another question.) The player who gives the first correct answer may then choose one of the next two players in the other team's line-up to compete against for the next question. Usually, the player will choose a student that he or she feels has weaker skills. This results in more opportunities for the weaker students to be drilled.

As correct answers are given, players continue to choose their next rival, working their way down the other team's line-up. The goalie is the last person at the end of each team's line. If a team's goalie answers correctly, then that team wins the game. If a player on the other team, competing against the goalie, answers correctly, then their team has won. The process begins again, and as many games can be played as time permits. For example, if three games are played, the best of three wins the tournament.

The Great Trivia Challenge, Grades 7-9

Curriculum tie-ins

Grade 7
Cultures and societies (Man.)

Grade 8
Connections between past and present (Man.)
Human rights and multiculturalism (Sask.)

Grade 9
Media influence (Alta.)

- cultural diversity (Alta.)
- Francophone presence and influence (Alta.)
- national identity (Alta., Ont.)
- identity and multiculturalism (Man.)
- tradition, shaping culture (N.B.)

The Great Trivia Challenge

It's time to do some research! Everyone in the class is asked to do some reading about hockey. After researching a hockey fact, each student will construct a trivia question and be asked to make a trivia card using the information they have found. The cards will be pooled to create a class set of trivia cards. Once all the cards are finished, the class will plan a trivia tournament.

Students will be competing for the Trivia Challenge Cup, a trophy that the class will create. This cup will be the students' version of the Stanley Cup and can be a serious-looking trophy or a wacky, imaginative version.

Divide the class into teams. Members of each team can come up with a team name of their choosing. The teams will compete for the Trivia Challenge Cup by answering the trivia questions. Students are not allowed to answer the trivia question that they created. One point is awarded for each correct answer. At the end of the allotted time, the team with the most points wins!

Trivia Challenges can be created on a variety of topics throughout the year and the Trivia Challenge Cup can be awarded each time. You may even want to challenge another class to a Trivia Challenge!

Mass Media Manipulation, Grades 10-12

Curriculum tie-ins

Grade 10
Canadian Society
- women's roles, 1815-1914 (B.C.)

- national identity (Alta.)

- 20th-century events and forces

Grade 11
20th-century History
- social, cultural issues (B.C.)

- human rights (Sask., N.S.)
- Canadian identity (N.B.)

Grade 12
Culture (Sask.)
- definition of what it means to be Canadian (Ont.)
- cultural landscapes of Canada (N.B.)
- cultural issues (P.E.I.)

- role of media (Man.)
Human Rights (Nfld., Lab.)

Mass Media Manipulation

Ask students to read the two articles referenced below and observe how the accounts vary, even though the articles are covering the same event.

In a classroom discussion, examine the similarities and differences between the articles. Does the writing reveal anything about the author? Any bias? Have students choose a story of their own and write two different accounts using the same set of facts.

  • "Pretty Girls Chase the Puck", Ottawa Free Press, February 28, 1908, p. 11

    Busy Bees and Civil Service Stars Demonstrate Skirts and Side Combs are no Bar to Playing Hockey -- Interesting Encounter.

    And it was just perfectly lovely; at least Tom Phillips and Alf. Smith said so, and they ought to know. A bevy of Fluffy Ruffles held the ice at the Arena yesterday afternoon and gave a very credible impersonation of a hockey match. Body-checking -- beg pardon, agitation of the physique to such an extent side combs were dislodged -- figured prominently in a 3-0 win for the Busy Bees over the All-Star Civil Service team. No, the referee wasn't exactly crooked, but the mean thing might have allowed some of these off-sides to go. And just think, he put one of the Bees off, penalizing her for rough play. Right wing Miss Dewar, suffered the penalty, but as her side rather monopolized matters during the two 15 minute halves, it didn't cut much figure.

    The honeysuckles were all to the Lowney bon bons. The Misses Baldwin, playing in center ice, made Marty Walsh and "Rat" Westwick turn green with envy. They handled their sticks as though they were crochetting a tea cosy and circled the defence of the departmental belles with the same nimbleness one sees in the grand change. Combination was theirs also, and in this they were ably assisted by wings, the Misses Dewar and Gardner on the right and left respectively. The quartette very often went down the ice four abreast al la Saratoga lancers style with the band playing "Moonlight" softly. Defence girls, Living and Alexander, however, were most effective at breaking up rushes, taking a chance of destroying a seventy-five cent hair dress to prevent a score.

    The defence of the Bees was the direct cause of the failure of the Civil Service line to score. Miss Higman at cover wore the joy bells when it came to shattering a rush. She administered legitimate shape encounters that would drive Cora, the beautiful cloak model, from the footlights. Miss Rowan was also there with the heavy bump and once introduced the rowdy dowdy, which sent Miss Alexander to the floor. The referee was very lenient, however, but kept the ladies well under control. Miss Byrne had a very cool time at her end of the rink, while Miss Beith, for the C.S., notwithstanding the fact she had no dead one in front of her, was called upon to save many times, which she did, all but three.

    Two sticks were broken, which caused a short cessation of hostilities, and at half-time the players sat on the railing, showing conclusively they were in good physique. There was a great discussion among some of the reporters of the Civil Service during the rest, regarding the referee. He was not officiating in their minds to suit. However, no direct charge was made against him.

    Owing to a tete-a-tete between both teams, the puck was not faced in the second half till five minutes after the whistle blew. The referee made strenuous efforts to have play resumed but the fair stick handlers were deaf to his entreaties. The very best spirit pervaded the struggle. Once Miss Higman crashed with Miss Potter and a shower of tortoise shell combs pattered on the ice. Everyone ceased fire and helped recover the derelict articles. Evelyn Thaw might look brave and good in the witness box, but commend us to the lady hockey player when it comes to putting on something chic (if pronounced properly).

    The teams lined out as follows:

    Busy Bees
    Miss Byrne
    Miss Rowan
    Miss Higman
    Miss Baldwin
    Miss Dewar Miss Baldwin Miss Gardner
    Miss Lang Miss Potter Miss Chilton
    Miss Lefurgey
    Miss Alexander
    Miss Living
    Miss Beith Civil Service Stars

  • "Ladies at Play", The Ottawa Citizen, February 28, 1908, p. 10

    Ladies at Play

    The Busy Bees, a hockey team composed of the lady supporters of the Cliffsides, defeated the lady representatives of the Civil Service by 3 goals to 0 in a whirlwind match at the Arena last evening. The ladies played great hockey and the match was witnessed by a large crowd of fans, the game proving one of the best drawing cards of the season.

    Lady hockey players in Ottawa are not as numerous as in other cities but that the Capital has many skilful puck-chasers was certainly demonstrated in yesterday's struggle. All body checking was eliminated, but the ladies put up a strenuous article of hockey, nevertheless, cheered on by their friends and supporters.

    Such famous stick-handlers as Alf. Smith, Tom Phillips, Harry Westwick, Fred Taylor, Percy Lesueur, Marty Walsh and Bouse Hutton gazed fascinated as the rival septets battled back and forth and the good work of the opposing players frequently brought some of the Ottawas to their feet, coaching enthusiastically. Tom Phillips pronounced it the best exhibition he had ever seen ladies give and Marty Walsh wanted to wager his chances of having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup next week that the Busy Bees, with their eyes blindfolded, could easily outclass the ladies team at Smith's Falls, which Percy Lesueur has the honor to coach.

    The Busy Bees had the better of the play, although the Departmental Athletes put up a stubborn fight for the laurels. The Busy Bees, however, lived up to their names and their work frequently excited prolonged applause. Undoubtedly, the star of the game was Miss Pyra Baldwin on the Busy Bees forward line. Miss Baldwin proved herself a speedy, graceful skater, a neat stickhandler and her checking was a feature. Miss Baldwin scored all three of the winning side's goals, some of her rushes putting Fred Taylor's work in the shade. She was ably assisted by Miss K. Baldwin and the other members of the victorious septet.

    All the Civil Servants distinguished themselves, but Miss Living was particularly conspicuous, making a number of pretty stops. The Civil Servants are after a return game and promise to reverse the tables.

    Percy Lesueur was to have refereed, but each team filed a declaration of amateurism before the match and decided not to endanger their amateur standing by having a professional officiate. Consequently, the Ottawa goalkeeper viewed the game from the gods and Harry Bronson handled the whistle. His task was an easy one, one light penalty being imposed. Miss Rose Alexander drew the only visit to the [illegible], going off for what Referee Bronson considered an unfair check.

    The teams were as follows:

    Busy Bees -- Miss H. Burn, Miss W. Rowan, Miss D. Higman, Miss K. Baldwin, Miss K. Dewar, Miss P. Baldwin and Miss B. Gardner.

    Civil Servants -- Miss H. Beith, Miss R. Living, Miss R. Alexander, Miss N. Lefurgy, Miss Potter, Miss J. Lang, Miss A. Chilton.

    Referee -- Harry Bronson.

Suggestions for Other Activities

Ask students to interview grandparents, or senior neighbours, about their hockey memories and what hockey meant to them as they were growing up. Have students write a report on their findings.

Ask students to research the history of a piece of hockey equipment, noting how it developed and changed over the years. Have students watch a hockey game and write a newspaper account of the game.

The Stanley Cup has had an interesting history. It has been stolen, lost and borrowed. It has been banged around, gone for a swim, and has even grown in size over the years. Ask students to research an interesting story concerning the Stanley Cup, write a report and present it to the class.

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