Skateboards: Their Life and Times
Lady Bird Johnson: Sports and Popular Culture
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Two to three class periods
Although skateboards were invented before 1960, they were not very popular. The first skateboards consisted of four clay wheels attached to a 4-inch wide piece of lumber. Later, crates were attached to them, with handles for steering. You might say that the first skateboards were scooters rather than the skateboards of today. Skateboards grew in popularity when a few famous surfers in California used them in the early 1960’s. Unfortunately, because of the danger involved in early skateboarding, popularity of the sport came to a screeching halt in only two years.
This lesson introduces students to the early history of skateboarding and involves poetry in the final product.