First Grade – Floor Hockey Unit

FIRST GRADE – FLOOR HOCKEY

Lesson 1

STRENGTH INFORMATION: Part 1 – Bring out the Cardiovascular Cards and do a circuit using six of the cards. Part 2 – Review the strength cards. Discuss how muscles have to work harder than they are used to in order to get stronger. Tell them about how you must exercise your muscles three times per week to get stronger. Continue using a modified push up only. Have the students try sit ups, but also show them the modified sit up they will eventually use from the Fitness Gram. Part 3 – After you teach them the strength cards have them try the circuit to music. Be sure to save enough time to cool down with some stretching after you work out.

Lesson 2

HOCKEY DRIBBLING: Part 1 – Play another game that uses strength exercises. Part 2 – Review the points of dribbling that were covered in kindergarten using a hockey puck. (Puck is easier to control but if you are indoors and would like more control, use a yarn ball.) In order to see where you are going and also see the other people playing, what should you look at as you are traveling around moving the puck with your hockey stick? (The puck and where you are going.) If you want the puck to stay close to you, how should you hit it? With a hard or soft motion? (Soft) With big strong hits or short taps? (Short Taps) After you are satisfied that your students are able to use the three points from kindergarten, introduce the next questions. If you want control of both the bottom and the top of the stick, how should your hands be holding the stick? (One hand on the top, and the other about halfway down the stick.) For the best control, which hand should be holding the top of the stick and which one is holding the middle part of the stick? (Strong hand in the middle and Weak hand on the top) Which hand gives the force to the puck? (The strong hand, the one holding closer to the blade.) Once your students are able to travel safely while moving the puck you can move onto part three. Part 3 – Play a game with dribbling. There are many games in the book that only work on dribbling. Be sure not to play games that incorporate the other skills of the game since you haven’t introduced them yet. It is ok to use a game that you played in Kindergarten, but it would be fun to do something different! Remind the class about the high stick rule; “If you are traveling with your stick off the ground, that is called high stick. If I catch you, I will you’re your stick and you will have to go into the penalty box for 1 minute.” As you walk around the students as they travel, be sure to enforce that rule. This will lay great groundwork for the future when they are playing games. When you say stop, the students should place their stick on the floor.

Lesson 3

HITTING TO A TARGET: Part 1 – Play another game that uses strength exercises. Part 2 – Hitting the puck to the wall or target. [AT] “When I say go, get a target, stick and a puck. Find an own space to place your target, and take a few steps away to practice hitting your puck to the target with your hockey stick.” Guided discovery questions, or commands that lead them through the basic steps of hitting to a target. 1. What do you look at as you are hitting the puck to your target? (First locate your target, and then watch the puck as you hit it with your stick.) 2. As you hit the puck with the blade of your hockey stick, what should the blade be pointing at so that you will be able to hit the target? (The target) Which had provides the force when you hit the puck to the target? (The strong hand, the one in the middle of the handle.) Which hand controls the direction of the blade? (The weak hand, or the top hand.) What can your weak leg and foot do to help guide the puck to the target? (Step toward the target as you push the puck forward.) Part 3 – Practice hitting the puck to various targets.

Lesson 4

REVIEW HITTING TO A TARGET: Part 1 – Play another game that uses strength exercises. Part 2/3 – Play some games or do some activities that use dribbling and hitting to a target. These should all be individual activities. (No partner work) Continue to use the high stick rule during any activity that uses hockey sticks.

Lesson 5

LARGE PARACHUTE PLAY: Part 1 – Remember the strength theme! Continue to do activities that will help strengthen muscles! Part 2/3 – Review parachute basics and safety with your class. There are various ways and activities that you can use to begin parachute activities. There is a video that you can watch to see basic activities and get an idea for set up. Any activities that ask the students to move ON the parachute should only be done in the grass or in the gym. DO NOT allow the students to move on top of the parachute while it is on the black top. Also NEVER carry or lift students on the parachute. There is music available with a narrator on the Rhythm and Moves, Movement CD #3. Begin talking about safety and how to handle the parachute. The Parachute Play skills introduce a couple skills per session. You can review some of the skills that you did with kindergarten this lesson.

Lesson 6

LARGE PARACHUTE PLAY: Part 1 – Remember the strength theme! Continue to do activities that will help strengthen muscles! Are there activities you can use that work on strength with the parachute? Be safe! Part 2/3 – Continue with more parachute activities. Try to find new games that you have not used with kindergarten. Remember the parachute is the ultimate in cooperation. Review this theme with the class. Look for activities in the book that allow you to work on cooperation specifically.

Lesson 7

LARGE PARACHUTE PLAY: Part 1 – Remember the strength theme! Part 2/3 – Continue with more parachute activities. Try to find new games that you have not used with kindergarten.

Lesson 8

LARGE PARACHUTE PLAY: Part 1 – Remember the strength theme! Part 2/3 – Continue with more parachute activities.