Sports and Games

Week 8 St. Joseph Catholic School e-library

A Shout out From Mr. O'Brien

"The students at Saint Joseph Catholic School are doing an amazing job staying active at home during distance learning! They are taking well deserved screen time breaks by riding their bikes, taking family walks, or running and playing sports with siblings. The students are also exercising indoors with online programs such as Gonoodle or fun and interactive dance lessons on YouTube. I am extremely happy with the participation and effort the families have put forth during this time!" ~Mr. O'Brien


It is good to know everyone is staying active despite the lack of team sports! Thank you to those of you who took the SPORTS SURVEY. The results of the survey can be found below along with articles on lesser known sports, sport stories, movies, saints for sports, LOTS of QUIZZES, card games and tricks, board game information, recipes, how to draw videos, and more!


Be good. Pray always. Remember: You are loved!

~Mrs. Moschetto

Sports Survey Results: WE MISS BEING WITH FRIENDS!

53.2% of us miss sports because it brings us closer to our friends! 23.3% miss the opportunity for competition.


SPRING is our favorite time to play sports (31.5%) followed by SUMMER (27%)


Favorite Outdoor Sports: 20% Soccer, 12% Hiking, 9% Baseball/Softball (strong votes for football, lacrosse and track!)


NBA, NFL, MLB were the favorite leagues in that order....a close race!


However, as far as watching sports on TV, the OLYMPICS is the clear favorite!


Basketball took 31% followed by Swimming with 17.2% as the favorite indoor sport


UNO wins for favorite card game


Monopoly was our favorite board game, but SORRY and CLUE had lots of votes!


An almost tie for favorite backyard game: BADMITTEN, HIKING and CORN HOLE


Thank you to the 87 people who took the survey!

The surprising history behind the board game "Monopoly"
A saint for the outdoors! Article #1

This article on Pier Giorgio has a gallery of photos that reveal the personality of this 20th century saint.

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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati : The Frassati Society!

Beatified by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1990, Pier Giorgio was handsome, athletic, fun-loving, courageous, and a young man who loved his Catholic Faith and tried to be Christ to others!

Fast Break (a poem to visualize)

Fast Break

By Edward Hirsch

In memory of Dennis Turner, 1946-1984


A hook shot kisses the rim, and

hangs there, helplessly, but doesn’t drop,


and for once, our gangly starting center

boxes out his man and times his jump


perfectly, gathering the orange leather

from the air like a cherished possession


and spinning around to throw a strike

To the outlet who is already shoveling


an underhand pass to the other guard

scissoring past a flat-footed defender


who looks stunned and nailed to the floor

in the wrong direction, trying to catch sight


of a high gliding dribble and a man

letting the play develop in front of him


in slow motion, almost exactly

like a coach's drawing on the blackboard


both forwards racing down the court

the way that forwards should, fanning out


and filling the lanes in tandem, moving

together as brothers passing the ball


between them without a dribble, without

a single bounce hitting the hardwood


until the guard finally lunges out

and commits to the wrong man


while the power-forward explodes past them

in a fury, taking the ball into the air


by himself now and laying itl gently

against the glass for a lay up


but loosing his balance in the process

inexplicably falling, hitting the floor


with a wild, headlong motion

for the game he loved like a country


and swiveling back to see an orange blur

floating perfectly through the net.


Want more sports poetry? click here.

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Cricket! A sport gaining popularity in the USA!

A few facts that might interest you:


  1. Cricket is the second most popular sport on the planet (Soccer is #1)
  2. It has 5 times more fans world wide than it's American cousin, baseball
  3. It's field is 400% larger than a baseball field!



Thank you for these facts, ESPN video team. Want to know more and see players in action? Watch the video below.

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The Rules of Cricket - EXPLAINED!

20 Great SPORTS Movies for Kids and Families

I asked my friend Hutton Jackson, Associate Producer over at the MLB/NHL Networks, to give me his list of Best Sports Movies for our families. We discussed that there are sports movies, and there are sports movies. That first category of movies are just for laughs and have less to do with sports than just growing up and being a kid. But a few reach higher and use the story to convey bigger truths like God's providence or the power of faith and sacrifice. This list, not in any order, is a rundown of some great movies from both categories. Those with a * are for older students. How many have you seen?


The Sandlot (Baseball) (Mrs. M's favorite)(photo credit)

Facing the Giants (Football)

The Greatest Game Ever Played (Golf)

Glory Road (Football)

Miracle in Lane Two (Racing)

Mighty Macs (Women's college basketball)

Angels in the Outfield (baseball)

Soul Surfer (surfing)

Everyone's Hero (animated- baseball)

The Perfect Game (baseball)

Little Giants (football)

The Big Green (soccer)

The Rookie* (baseball)

Rudy* (college football)

Miracle* (Olympic Hockey)

Remember the Titans* (HS football)

42 The Jackie Robinson Story *(Baseball)

The Blind Side* (Football)*

Field of Dreams* (Baseball)

McFarland USA* (Track/Running)

Zombie, T-Rex, and Jedi: Variations on 4 Square!

15 ways to play a recess favorite

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Sports Quizzes for Everyone.

This site has some great quizzes. When you reach the site, look for the teal colored tabs and try your hand at any of the quizzes. Scroll down each page to find the answers. No peeking!

Pick a card! Any card!

Playing cards have been around since the 9th century. The first decks appeared in China, but the 52 card decks we use now most likely originated in France. Card games continue to be popular and are played all over the world by people of all ages and stages! Did you know there is even something called the International Playing Card Society?


If you want to learn to play one of the top 10 games for kids and families, use THIS LINK to find the directions for PIG, CRAZY 8s, OLD MAID, RUMMY, SLAP, WAR, and more...


If you want to learn a more advanced card games, use THIS LINK.

CARD TRICKS for beginners!

Want to learn how to do a card trick? Here are four videos that will help you learn some wonderful tricks that will amaze your family and friends!


Which Card? (Grades k-4)

Four Queens (for grades 1-8)

Magic! (for grades 3-8)

Win the Bet (silly tricks for kids grades 5 and up)

USA Jump Rope All-Star Team!

Watch the video then use this link to learn more about the kids who have skill, stamina, and style!

USA Jump Rope All-Star Demo

See some amazing jump rope tricks from this pair in SUPER- SLOW-MOTION!

World's Most Amazing Jump Roping Couple - LFTJ #2
What Sport Are You!

Take the quiz by the publishers of Highlights!

Athletes Eat Right! Recipes for every meal of the day!

JUST ADDED: Happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Download the free coloring page below!

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Do you know who these two characters are?

Click here to read and find out!

Outdoor game: Nature Scavenger Hunt Everyone gets a card and a bag...and off you go! Download below.

Parkour Anyone?

"Parkour practice makes “all types of sports and movements easier…due to an increase in overall strength, balance, and coordination,” If you are new to this sport, read on to find out how kids are making this one of the top activities of the year!


IMPORTANT: Parkour is a sport that must have SAFETY as it's first rule. DO NOT try this sport without supervision or training. Watch the video below to see how a community in Washington State is making this cool sport more accessible and popular!

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📚 Kids Book Read Aloud: CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown