Every Classroom, All Archery.
(Yes, Please.) Every Classroom, All Archery. (Yes, Please.)

Archery is everywhere – even in classrooms! Some teachers weave archery into their lessons, whether the subject is literature or math. No wonder it’s a favorite sport!

Here are a few examples of how archery in school can infuse every subject:

English Literature

Readers, rejoice! Long before Legolas and Katniss Everdeen launched arrows in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hunger Games,” May Welland Archer won an archery tournament in Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence,” a beloved novel focusing on New York elites of the 1860s. The book was published in 1920, and Hollywood darling Winona Ryder brought May Welland Archer to life in the 1993 movie adaptation.

Physical Education

Forget rope-climbing and dodgeball. Archery is way more fun! The National Archery in the Schools Program introduces fourth- to 12th-grade students to archery and holds tournaments nationwide. Nearly 11,000 archers competed in May at the NASP National Championship in Kentucky, which broke the tournament’s own record for the world’s largest archery tournament.

Competitors in the first Missouri NASP tournament in Linn, Mo.


Kinetic energy – the energy of motion – is just one of the scientific statistics highlighted in this video about Olympic medalist and archery superstar Brady Ellison.



Bows and arrows, among early man’s greatest advancements, were used for hunting and warfare as far back as 30,000 B.C., according to “The 101 Greatest Science Inventions of All Time.” Author, hunter and TV host Steven Rinella visited Alaska to hunt for Ice Age artifacts like those pictured here, which are about 13,600 years old.

archery in school history

These artifacts are about 13,600 years old. Photo: Robert Benson

Rinella’s “MeatEater” TV show also posted this clip about finding mortars and tool-stone arrowheads.


Mike Duncan and Raeann Melvin, who teach physical education at Nolanville Elementary School in Nolanville, Texas, started an archery class in 2011 to help third- through fifth-grade students determine area and perimeter in geometry – proof that math + archery = fun!


From larger-than-life archery installations to quirky archer figurines made from found objects, archery and art are perfect fits.

archery in school art

“Imagining Materiality and Civilization,” Los Carpinteros (Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez), Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Photo: JimBeam2261

If you’ve studied archery in a school class, let us know in the comments below!

Interested in archery? Check out Learn Archery and 5 Fun Ways to Get Started in Archery Right Now.

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