Lesson 7

Wheelchair Rugby Sport Trading Cards

Timing: 2 (5 x 45) minute blocks

CROSS-CURRICULAR: Language Arts, Social Studies, Core French


OVERVIEW: This lesson focuses on developing the understanding and appreciation of the athletes who play national level wheelchair rugby.

Students will:

  • learn about the athletes who play wheelchair rugby
  • create images that convey a knowledge of the sport and the values of the wheelchair rugby movement
  • analyze individual visual elements and principles of art and design
  • demonstrate respect for their own work and that of others
  • communicate effectively


Teaching Activities

  1. View the videos or share some of the Athlete Profiles (one per lesson). Engage the students in a discussion about wheelchair rugby athletes from a variety of countries and include:
    • a brainstorm about what athletes need to participate in the sport (e.g. special chair, clothing, attendant etc.)
    • a discussion about where wheelchair rugby takes place, how long the athletes train, and explain how the sport is played
  2. Individually, have the students create a set of five athlete trading cards from various countries. Share the examples of hockey or baseball trading cards brought in by the students. Inform the students that once they have completed all the cards they will be trading them with students in the class or the school. Encourage students to choose a variety of players from different countries to gain a better understanding of all the athletes. To create the trading cards:
    • hand out blank paper for rough drafts then manilla tag for final copies (enough for 5 cards — 3-4 cards per sheet).
    • hand out a set of the athlete profiles for each group
    • discuss the appropriate use of line, colour, background, layout and design
    • explain how to use the different types of media that can be used to create the cards
    • have the students create an image on the front of the card that represents the athlete including her/his name, the country (or flag), the player’s position on the team (e.g. offensive or defensive player) and anything else students want
    • have the students provide details (that they have researched) about their athletes on the back of the trading card which may include: age or birthdate, how long the athletes have played, who they have played for, what position they have played, their home town, coach’s name and a fun fact
  3. If the students want, they can trade the cards. Explain they may want to keep one or more of their own cards and then begin trading the others for a set amount of time.