Wade Charron
Grades 6-8

Interdisciplinary Unit-Lesson Plan
The U.S Open—Tennis
Social Studies


· To learn mapping skills associated with latitude and longitude
· To learn about the history of tennis and the U.S Open
· To explore the importance of port cities to the economy of the United States
· To access U.S. Open information using the Internet
· To learn about past and current players in professional tennis


Day 1:  Introduction of the Tennis Unit

Day 2:  Find Flushing, New York  on a map of the United States.  Write a brief summary of the city (population, climate) and present it to the class.

Day 3:  Discuss the differences and be able to locate areas using latitude and longitude.  Find the approximate latitude and longitude Flushing, New York.  Compare that to our latitude and longitude.

Day 4:  Describe what a port city is and the importance of them to the United States.  List five other port cities on the East Coast.

Day 5:  Using the Internet, find the past men and women champions of the U.S. Open.

Day 6:  Using the Internet,  list the top ten ranked players in the world in both the men’s and women’s divisions.  In addition, list the countries where the players are from and then mark them on a map.

Day 7:  Chart the different styles (clay, grass) of courts of the Grand Slam Tournaments (U.S Open, French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon) tell and why that style of court is used.

Day 8:  In small groups, do a presentation on the history of tennis.

Day 9:  Pick one tennis player that has become an interest to you.  Write a short report discussing why this particular player is your favorite.

Day 10 :  Find a map of the world.  On the map, mark the location of the Grand Slam Tournaments.  Tell which tournament you would like to attend the most and why.

Assessment: Give an exam on the U.S. Open