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Explore Sports Extreme to play games, report sports, and learn about the human body.

Concentration commentary

A commentator is an expert who tells the spectators watching a game exactly what is going on. They have to know things like the players’ names and important facts about them and any special words, equipment, and positions used in that sport.


Out of bounds

Every sport has a different field or court size to play the game within. It is important to know the boundaries of your playing position so you don’t break the rules.

  • Open up the Word icon. Out of bounds — netball, basketball, soccer, rugby (Word, 29 KB)  and read the measurements for netball and basketball courts, and for rugby and soccer fields.
  • Choose one type of sports field or court to draw on the Word document.
  • Use the Word icon. draw tools (Word, 20 KB)  on your computer to draw straight and curved lines. Draw the field or court to scale (1cm = 1m).
  • This maths dictionary will help you with any new maths words.
  • If a player on your court or field ran up and down the court eight times and then twice from side to side, how far would they have run in kilometres?

Te whakatere i te Moananui a Kiwa

Rapua ngā kōrero mō ngā mahi whakatere waka ki Te Moananui a Kiwa. Ko tēnei pūkenga whakatere e kīia nei ko te ‘rapuara’, he pūkenga tino whai mana mō te hunga e hiahia ana ki te whakatere waka. Tērā tētahi tangata pēnei ko Nainoa Thompson tōna ingoa, e akoako ana, e whakaako ana hoki i ēnei momo tikanga whakatere waka.

Pāwhiria te kupu kōwhai e kī ana ‘continue’. Mā tēnei koe e hari ki te kēmu.


Surfing is a sport that has taken place all around the Pacific for hundreds of years.

  • Read about the history of surfing. Use these links on the left hand side for more information:
    • Get the Short Story
    • Image and Media Gallery
    • Biographies Gallery
  • Make a poster or pamphlet showing the changes in surfing over the past one hundred years.

Front page news

Many newspapers will have a photo and news story of major sporting achievements on the front page of their newspaper.

  • Complete all the activities in this newspaper interactive to learn more about how to write a news story.
    • Read the instructions carefully before you start.
    • Print a copy of your answers.
  • Watch an important sports game at school so you can write a news story about it.
    • Remember to check all your facts and the spelling of names.
    • Take a photo of the players during the game.
    • Look at the New Zealand Herald website to get more ideas about catchy sports headlines.
  • Open a word document and make a front page for a newspaper. Remember to use the 'tool bar' in Word.


Rapua ngā kōrero mō tēnei kēmu tawhito, arā te Ki-o-rahi, i tākarohia ana i Aotearoa nei i mua i te taenga mai o te Pākehā. He rerekē anō ngā ture o tēnei kēmu i te nuinga o ngā kēmu o nāianei.

  • Hangaia ake tāu ake ‘tīma moemoeā’ o ngā kaitākaro toki rawa atu mō tēnei kēmu. Kia maumahara ko ngā tīma nei me whakakī ki ngā tamariki me ngā pākeke.
    • Tohua he kaiwhakahaere mō te tima, me tētahi kaiwawao hoki.
    • Me hoatu whakaaro mō ia mema o te tīma tae atu ki te kaiwhakahaere me te kaiwawao, arā, te take i tohua ai e koe.
  • Hangaia he kākahu tākaro mō tō tīma.
  • Titoa hoki he waiata, he haka rānei mō tō tīma.

Safe riding

Sarah Ulmer has been one of New Zealand’s top cyclists.

Winning moments

Watch these video clips and listen to the excitement and emotion in the commentator’s voice when New Zealand wins an international event:

  • Video an important sports game at school or from the television.
  • Open a Word document and write a script for the last five minutes of the game.
  • Record yourself sounding like a professional commentator. Remember to add emotion and drama to your script.

Then and now

Tipani belongs to a surf lifesaving club and has been looking through some old photos.

  • Make your own historic photo album by asking your family and friends for photos of them playing sports when they were young.
  • Scan the photos and make a PowerPoint presentation with dates and headings to describe the photo and where it was taken.

Poetry in motion

Ed, Wiki, and Tipani are having trouble choosing which sport they love the most. You can help them by writing three acrostic poems about different sports you enjoy watching or playing.

Follow the easy instructions on this ‘Acrostic Poems’ website to see how clever you are at writing poems about your favourite sports.

Kicking kings

You are the rugby coach of an international team and have to choose a top goal kicker to help your team win.

Sporty words

On Saturday morning Ed, Wiki, and Tipani listen to the sports cancellations on the radio to see if their game is still on or not. Ed was confused by the word ‘postponed’ when he heard his game had been postponed.

Ed has made a Word document of Sporty words. You can help Ed by matching the pairs of sporty words in this Word document.

Open the Word icon. Sporty words document (Word, 24 KB)  and match the pairs of words you think may go together.

On par with golf

Golf has been played in Scotland since the mid 15th century. Things have changed a lot since then.

Formula One racing

One of the most glamorous motor sports is Formula One (F1) racing. Learn more about F1 from these websites Ed and Wiki found.

Hākinakina i runga pouaka whakaata

E hia nei te roa o tētahi hākinakina e whakaatuhia ana ki runga pouaka whakaata? Hangaia he papa tūtohi mō ia tūmahi e rua nei kia kitea ō otinga kōrero.

  • Rapua ngā haora e whakaatuhia ana ngā mahinga hākinakina i runga i te pouaka whakaata i ngā wā rā whakatā.
  • Huakina he pepa Word, ka rau i ō rapunga kōrero ki roto i te papa tūtohi, nā, mō ia rārangi me whakarite i ngā hongere rerekē, ana ko tētahi mō ngā haora katoa.
  • Me whakamahi ngā hononga nei hei rapu i ngā momo hakinakina e whakaatuhia ana i runga pouaka whakaata. Ko tēhea o ngā hākinakina te mea e kaha ana te whakaatu i runga pouaka whakaata?

Asking the right questions

Every month Ed finds a famous New Zealander and gets people like you to ask them questions. You can read about these people in our Cool Kiwis.

  • Go to Cool Kiwis.
  • Open up a Word document and call it Ed Celeb. This is where you will put your answers to the following questions:
    • How many sporty celebs have beeninterviewed?
    • How many of them are involved in a team sport?
    • Write a list of 10 famous New Zealand sportspeople you and your class would like to interview.
    • Choose one sportsperson from your list and write five questions you would like them to answer for you.

Mountain climbing

Sir Edmund Hillary is New Zealand’s most famous mountain climber.

On your bike

The most famous cycle tour race in the world is the Tour of France. It has been going since 1903 and every year the course changes and over a several weeks riders cover over 4000 kilometres. Riding a bike is a great way to see the countryside not matter where you live.

  • Plan a virtual cycle tour of New Zealand.
  • You have 30 days to bike around either the North or South Island. Wiki has started one for you: Word icon. Cycle Tour (Word, 26 KB) . See if you can complete it.
  • Work out how far you could bike in a day and how long it would take you. Remember to allow extra time for hills and time to rest. You may like to use the drive planner for ideas.


  • With your class or family, plan a cycle tour route for the day, remember to take photos.
  • Label each photo to show where you went on your tour.

Manu tukutuku

Kua roa kē ngā tāngata o Aotearoa e whakarere manu tukutuku ana. Ko te wā ka kitea tēnei tū āhua ko te wā o Matariki. I te putanga o Matariki, kua mōhio te iwi Māori ko te tau hou o te maramataka Māori.

  • Tirohia ēnei pikitia o ngā momo tauira mō te manu tukutuku:
  • Hangaia ake tāu ake manu tukutuku me whakamahi rā anō koe kia rua o ngā mea e rārangi nei:
    • toetoe
    • he anga mātaitai
    • he huruhuru manu
    • he peka, he tāwhaowhao rānei
    • te kanohi tangata, manu rānei
    • me ētahi atu mea taiao Māori.

Sporting fiction

Competing to win can be very stressful and dramatic. Being able to describe what it is like to be in a race is a great way to inspire others.

Read these passages from Tessa Duder’s book  Word icon. Alex (Word, 21 KB)  .

What does it feel like when you are in a race? Think about how you feel at the beginning and the end of the race. What thoughts help you to keep on going and not give up?

Write a short story about an important race you were in.