First Grade – Basketball Unit

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Lesson 1

DRIBBLING REVIEW: Part 1 – Warm up with a game or activity from your last unit. This activity should be all inclusive and allow for the large muscles of the body to be active and get warmed up. Part 2 – Dribbling. You will probably have to review the first 3 questions of the guided discovery lesson regarding basketball dribbling. Then you can introduce question #4. It is important to get more detailed about the skill so that there is a progression from kindergarten to first grade. Part 3 –Play some dribbling games you did not play in kindergarten

Lesson 2

PLAY SOME MORE FUN GAMES USING DRIBBLING: Part 1, 2 & 3: Remember you have enough playground balls for all the students to participate in the games at the same time. You can also use stations during this lesson to practice dribbling.

Lesson 3

BALL HANDLING WITH A PARTNER: Cooperation is also an emphasis in this lesson. The lesson available continues with the concept of levels and also incorporates partner work. Receiving a ball from a partner can be frustrating as they learn to throw and catch, so this is a good time to talk about how people aren’t perfect, and that if we are trying our best, we have to trust that our partner is also trying their hardest too! (Lesson Available)

Lesson 4

CARDIOVASCULAR INFORMATION & STRETCHING: Part 1, 2 & 3 – Verbally review the 7 cardiovascular cards. (Music is a fun way to do exercise, so be sure to use the music that you have, or find some of your own age appropriate music!) After doing a cardiovascular workout, review the stretches that are on the other side of the cardiovascular cards. Be sure to include a review about the cardiovascular system and if time permits, you can play a game that incorporates cardiovascular fitness. (Lesson Available)

Lesson 5

CARDIOVASCULAR GAMES AND FLAG BELTS: Part 1, 2 and 3 – This should be a day of fun games that allow a good cardiovascular workout. Review the rules around wearing and pulling flag belts. Play some fun flag games that incorporate cardiovascular fitness. You can use the Rabbit Tails game to warm up, and then move onto other fun games. Be sure to pick some games that you have not used in previous lessons or units.

Lesson 6

BALL HANDLING TO THE WALL REVIEW, INTRODUCE PASSING TO A PARTNER: Part 1 – After verbally reviewing the skill of throwing the ball toward the wall, (1. Where do your eyes look? 2. What do your arms swing toward? 3. What direction should your weak leg step to help guide your throw and give you more power? 4. What should your palms face toward after you release the ball?) have students dribble around the room space or working space, and when they come to a target, stop and throw it/pass it to the target using the points you just reviewed. After they retrieve the ball, they can begin dribbling to another target. Continue doing this until you say freeze. Part 2 – Then introduce passing to a partner. Begin with chest pass, which can also lead into bounce pass. Follow the Guided discovery questions for teaching the chest pass and the bounce pass. Part 3 – Play a game that uses Passing only, find games that encourage cooperation with passing opposed to competition.

Lesson 7

CONTINUE PASSING WITH A PARTNER: Part 1 – Warm up with a cardiovascular activity. Part 2 – If you have not completed bounce pass, move to that. If you have, then introduce the overhead pass, or the baseball (one arm) pass. Part 3 – Set up some stations that work on passing skills with partners or groups of three.

Lesson 8

REVIEW PASSING AND DRIBBLING: Part 1 – Warm up with a cardiovascular activity. Part 2/3 – Play a game that uses both skills. Remember: Skill breaks down in competition, so you should play games or provide practice stations that promote cooperation as opposed to competition at this point.