Here is a suggestion for pre-camp lesson plan that you can do with your students if they are taking the archery class:

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ARCHERY PRE-CAMP LESSON PLAN

(Grades 3-6)

ABSTRACT:

Students will prepare for their archery experience at Heartland by learning vocabulary words about this subject. They will also put themselves in the shoes of a literary character that used archery.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Students will be able to properly use archery vocabulary
  • Students will be able to make connections between characters in literature with archery
  • Students will use creativity to write about the use of archery by famous fictional and nonfictional individuals
  • Students will practice creative writing , research, and presentation skills

STATE STANDARDS MET:

  • Writing: text types and purposes
  • Writing: Research to build and present knowledge
  • Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

MATERIALS:

  • paper
  • writing utensil
  • computer

TEACHING TIMELINE:

  • Introduction                                      1 hour
  • Research character                         1 week
  • Creative Writing Activity              2-5 days
  • Classroom Presentation                1-2 days

INTRODUCTION:

Tell students that they will be taking an archery class while at Heartland. To prepare them, they will learn some vocabulary about archery and learn about some famous archers in literature and pop culture.

Start by reviewing the vocabulary words with the students. Complete any vocabulary activities that you usually do. A vocabulary matching worksheet is attached to this lesson plan.

Parts of a bow:

  1. Bow – the weapon used in archery.
  2. String – The cord used on a bow. The arrow connects to the string. When the string is pulled back and released, it sends the arrow forward.
  3. Shelf – A part near the middle of the bow that the arrow tip rests on
  4. Grip – The place on the bow that the archer holds.

Parts of an arrow:

  1. Tip – the pointy end of the arrow
  2. Shaft – the long, straight body of the arrow
  3. Fletching – the feathers or plastic bits that look like feathers. This keeps the arrow flying straight after it is released.
  4. Nock – (noun) the end of the arrow where it connects to the bow string. (verb) the act or attaching the arrow to the bow string in preparation to shoot

Other Archery Terms:

  1. Draw – to pull back the arrow
  2. Aim – to point the arrow in the direction you want it to go. The archer has generally already drawn the arrow before he or she takes aim
  3. Fire – to release the bowstring after you have drawn to send the arrow where it is pointed
  4. Dry Fire – when the bowstring has been drawn and released without an arrow. This can break the bow
  5. Stance – the way the archer stands
  6. Target – where you want the arrow to hit
  7. Bullseye – the center of the target
  8. Quiver – a device that holds the arrows you are not currently using

 

MAIN INSTRUCTION / ACTIVITY

Have students find a partner. Tell them that in their pairs, they will decide on a famous archer to research. After researching the archer, they will pretend to give an interview to that character by asking questions and writing down the answers they think that the character would give. Have each pair in the class pick a different archer to research. Students can either pick an archer from the list or research and find a character on their own.

Here are some examples to choose from. There are many others that can be chosen as well.

  • Potential Archery stories:
    • Lord of the Rings: Legolas
    • The Hunger Games: Katniss Everdeen
    • Robin Hood
    • William Tell
    • Brave: Merida
    • The Odyssey: Odysseus
    • The Avengers: Hawkeye
    • Green Arrow: Oliver Queen
    • Greek Mythology:
      • Artemis and Apollo
      • Hercules
      • Roman Mythology: Cupid
      • Avatar: Neytiri
      • Chronicles of Narnia: Susan
      • Hatchet: Brian
      • Could use different cultures that used archery: Native Americans, Romans, English, etc. (If deciding on this route, have the students pretend that they are interviewing an individual from this culture.)
      • Any other character of their choice (If doing a Google search, will come up with many hits on historical and fictional individuals to choose from. I chose the names of individuals for this list which I thought were best known. There are many lesser known individuals as well.)

After students pick their character, they should spend time researching this person. They should read relevant passages from books and internet that describe how the characters use archery.

Students conduct an interview of their character (Create interview sheet for younger students). They make up answers to the questions that they think that the character would say.

Students write newspaper article reporting the interview. In the write-up, students must use at least 10 vocabulary words (or however many you would like them to use).

WRAP-UP:

Students present their interviews to the class. One student acts as the character, the other as the interviewer.

Vocabulary Worksheet

  1. Bow –    ____________________
  2. String – ____________________
  3. Shelf –   ____________________
  4. Grip –    ____________________
  5. Tip –      ____________________
  6. Shaft –  ____________________
  7. Fletching – ________________
  8. Nock –   ____________________
  9. Draw – ____________________
  10. Aim –    ____________________
  11. Fire –    ____________________
  12. Dry Fire – __________________
  13. Stance – ____________________
  14. Target – ____________________
  15. Bullseye – __________________
  16. Quiver – ____________________
  1. To pull back the arrow
  2. Where you want the arrow to hit
  3. The cord used on a bow. The arrow connects to this. When it is pulled back and released, it sends the arrow forward
  4. A device that holds the arrows you are not currently using
  5. The weapon used in archery
  6. (noun) the end of the arrow where it connects to the bow string. (verb) the act or attaching the arrow to the bow string in preparation to shoot
  7. The pointy end of the arrow
  8. A part near the middle of the bow that the arrow rests on
  9. To point the arrow in the direction you want it to go.
  10. The center of the target
  11. When the bowstring has been drawn and released without an arrow. This can break the bow.
  12. The feathers or plastic bits that look like feathers. This keeps the arrow flying straight after it is released
  13. To release the bowstring after you have drawn to send the arrow where it is pointed
  14. The place on the bow that the archer holds
  15. The way the archer stands
  16. The long, straight body of the arrow


Character Interviews

Here are some potential questions that you can ask as you “interview” the character

What is your name? (the name of the character)

Where are you from?

When did you first learn to shoot bows and arrows?

Why do you shoot bows and arrows?

Describe one memorable moment about your archery that sticks out (Describe an event from the story in the character’s point of view).

If you were to give us one piece of advice about archery, what would it be? (What have you learned about archery from studying this character?)