Clothesline Clues To Sports People Play

Written by
Kathryn Heling and
Deborah Hembrook

Illustrated by Andy Robert Davies
(Charlesbridge, August 2015)

Book Description
From baseball to fencing, readers will look at CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO SPORTS PEOPLE PLAY. Sport loving kids board a bus for a special event at the end.

High on the clothesline
the clues swing and sway.
Who uses these things
for the sports that they play?
When it's time to play, who wears what?

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Clothesline Clues To Sports People Play
Extension Activities for Educators and Families


Math Story Problems
How many items are on the clothesline? How many things are nearby? How many all together? If appropriate, write the number problems to match for each clothesline page.

Graphing Activities
Graph different things such as pants, shirts, hats, etc. Which row in the graph has the most, the least? Do any rows have the same amount of things? Which sport shows the most players? Which sport shows the least amount of players?

Clothespin Counting 
How many clothespins can you count on each clothesline? Which line has the most, least? Are there any clotheslines that have the same number of clothespins?

Clothespin Game
Match the number on the clothespin to a card with pictures of balls, shoes, etc. For example, the number 4 matches the picture of 4 tennis balls. Clip the clothespin on the picture because it is a match!



Rhyming Words
Find all of the words that rhyme in the story. Write them down - circle your favorite ones. Draw a clothesline and “hang” all of the words that rhyme in a special way!

Poem Writing
Think about a sport that you want to play and write a poem similar to one from the story. Draw an illustration to match! Make a class book out of all of the poems.

Writing About the Rules for a Sport
Every sport has ‘rules’ to play. Do some research around one of the sports from the story and write about the rules. Why is it important to have rules for sports?

Write an Acrostic Poem/Poster
Work in teams – divide out the letters of a sport and create an Acrostic Poem and design it into a poster!

Squirrel’s Point of View
Find the squirrel on the different pages. What is the squirrel thinking? If the squirrel could talk, what would he say? When the squirrel and the bird are together, what are they thinking or saying? Draw a squirrel and bird or create them out of construction paper - attach thinking or talking bubbles. Display them facing each other on a clothesline!



Force and Motion
Gather different balls from the story. Roll them down ramps – which ones are faster? Which ones roll the farthest? Why?

Set up bowling pins. Use different balls from the story to knock them down. Which balls worked the best? Why?

Clothespin Weighing and Balancing
Have different types of clothespins to explore – plastic, wooden, large and small. Put the clothespins on balance scales and weight scales - compare the results.

Clothespins in the Jar Game
Set up teams of kids to drop clothespins in a jar at the end of the course. The team with the most clothespins in the jar wins!



Sport Puzzles
Find clip art or other photos of people playing sports. Cut them apart like puzzle pieces. Laminate and keep in a special container.

Clothesline Art
Create a clothesline similar to the cover of the book. Hang fancy letters that spell your name from the clothesline!

Neighborhood Map
Create a map of your neighborhood similar to the one in the beginning of the book. Are there any clotheslines where you live?

Paper Mache Ball

Follow these directions and decorate like a sport ball! Hang from the ceiling or display in a special way!



Community Visitors
Invite high school football players (or other sport) to come to your elementary school to talk with students. They can show the different things they wear for the sport and let students try them on. Why do they wear these things?  Ask the coach what makes a good team? (The invitations can be created during a writing activity.)

Job Interviews
Come up with questions that would be good for specific sports that people play. Role play with each other. You could pretend you are on TV as a sport broadcaster interviewing a famous player!

Visit a high school basketball game, football game or other sport event. Visiting during a practice game would allow younger students a chance to see how players prepare for a big sport event. Take pictures and create memory books.

Olympics Research
What sports do people play in the Summer Olympics?  What sports do people play in the Winter Olympics?  Which Olympic Sport is your favorite?  Would you rather watch it or play it?  Why?

Sports Day
Organize a ‘Sports Day’ for your school. Invite parents and community members to help out. Let the local news know about this special event – you may be on TV trying out your favorite sport!


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