Ball Handling to the Air
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Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes
PROCEDURE AND TRANSITIONS WITH MODIFICATIONS AND OR ACCOMMODATIONS
SETUP DESCRIPTION OR DIAGRAM
|Welcome; Stand in an own space.|
Warm up with the song “The Freeze” by Greg & Steve
Review Ball Handling to the floor. Be sure to review the points of throwing the ball to the ground.
As your children are moving watch to see that they are;
Put your playground ball away and get a yarn ball and a spot that matches the same color, put your spot in an own space and your yarn ball on top of your spot.
Get a yarn ball and a spot that matches the same color, put your spot in an own space and your yarn ball on top of your spot.
New skill or concept
|ACTION TASK: “When I say go, toss the ball up in the air, and when it comes back down catch it. Do your best to stay in your own space while you work. Keep doing this until I say stop or freeze.
|Transition||Put your yarn ball away and get a playground ball that matches the color of your yarn ball.|
|Hoop Bounce and Toss
(To the children:)
Musical Ball Toss or Bounce
(To the children:)
“When the music begins, you can begin tossing your ball up and catching it, in your own space. BUT, when the music stops, you have to stop and put the ball between your feet! When the music starts playing again, you can begin tossing your ball again. Think you can do it? Ok, here we go!.” Turn on music with intermittent pauses.
When you are have done this a couple times. Begin giving the children the challenges, one at a time, during the pauses, after the music stops and before they begin tossing again. Show the children the card that goes with the trick when you ask them to try it.
Make sure all the children stop and put the ball between their feet before letting the music play again. you may have to manually pause the music until everyone has stopped. Begin verbally rewarding the children who stop right away. After a few practices there are still children not putting the ball between their feet right away, let them know that if they don’t stop before the music starts again, they will have to sit out a turn.
Begin without the music. Verbally tell the children to begin tossing and catching in own space. Occasionally call out Freeze or stop. When all the children are stopping with the verbal cue, move onto the activity with the music.
Do a trick if it’s safe and you can stay in your own space!
Each time the music begins alternate Tossing and Bouncing; performing one or the other during a single music segment.
Observe your children as they toss and catch the ball. Watch to see that they:
Hold the ball out in front with one hand on each side of the ball.
Lower the ball below the waist so that the ball almost touches your knees.
Raise both hands into the air and let go of the ball as it passes the nose.
throw the ball straight up into their own space.
Watch the ball as it begins to come down.
When the ball falls down in front of you wrap both hands under and around the ball to catch it.
|Transition||Put your playground ball away and find the cone with the stretch card that is the same color as your playground ball and sit down.||Place the stretch station cards around the boundaries on three of the boundary cones.|
Stretching & closure
Taking it Home
Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.
(To the children:)
“Find the cone with the stretch card that is the same color as your playground ball and sit down. Make sure you have a safe own space. You are going to stretch your muscles at stations, there are three stations. You will share looking at a stretch card with a station partners. The station cards at each station will show you what stretch to do. If you don’t understand what to do, ask one of your station partners if they can help you. When you hear the music do the stretch on your station card. When the music stops, safely rotate to the next station and look at the card to see which stretch to do. Do your best stretching and I’ll walk around to work with you at the stations.”
You may have to remind them where to rotate to the first time, since the set up is slightly different with only six stations. Stretching is slow and controlled. There is no bouncing in stretching. Hold the pose so that you feel slight tension but not pain. Hold each pose for 30 seconds. Ask them what it feels like as they stretch. It should feel like something is pulling the muscle, but not painful. If it is painful, don’t stretch so far, if it feels like nothing, then guess what; you’re doing nothing!
While you are discussing the points to bouncing and catching the ball in own space hold the cue cards up for the visual learners to see.
Where in the air do you have to throw the ball, in order to keep the ball in your own space? (Up above your own space)
What do you look at when you are going to catch the ball? (The Ball)
Where do you put your hands to make it easier to catch the ball? (Under the ball, using thumbs to hold it from falling out of your hands.)
Turn to you a person next to you and talk with them about the different ways you tossed and bounced the ball.
Additional Part 1 Activities
Clean Up Your Backyard (or your Bedroom!)
Divide the children in half. One half should be on one side of the playing area and the other half on the other side of the playing field. Have a line, cones or poly spots to divide the field into two halves. You will need at least one yarn ball for each child playing the game. The balls are garbage. The garbage will be littering up the teams’ yards. The object is for each team to clean up their back yard by underhand throwing the garbage (balls) into the other team’s yard. The teacher can designate the way the garbage must be disposed of. (IE: Throw underhand, thrown backwards, and using various methods of traveling to get to the balls.) The game is over when one of the teams has completely cleaned their yard, or the teacher says so!
As the children are throwing the yarn balls, watch to see that they are throwing underhand. Encourage them to look for open spaces to throw the garbage to. Require that they throw the garbage in their hand before picking up anymore garbage. This will keep the game moving and insure everyone has garbage to throw.
Additional Part 3 Activities
Ball Handling Stations
“On 6 of the cones around our boundaries I am going to place Ball Handling Station Cards . (Show the children the cards again as you describe the stations to them.) As I place the cards at the stations, you will follow me with your ball. When we get to the station, stand in a safe own space where you can see and hear me and put the ball between your two feet.”
Have the children bring their ball and follow you to the first station. Place the card on the cone, read it to the children, let everyone stay in own space and try the trick one time then move onto the next card. After you have explained each of the stations, direct the students to their first station. (Ball color can be used to determine the first station) Once they are all at their station, with their ball between their feet, explain that when the music plays, they should try the trick at their station. The children should keep practicing until the music stops. At each station it is ok to practice a basic bounce or toss and catch instead of the trick on the card.
“Look at the color of your ball. There is a cone with a card on it that matches your ball color. When I say go again, I would like you to go to the station that matches your ball color; that’s the cone with the card, and put the ball between your feet.” (When everyone is at their station with the ball between their feet) “Look at your card and see which trick it is showing you. When the music begins playing you will begin doing the trick on your card. It’s just like when you warmed up, when the music played you traveled. Instead this time when the music plays you do the ball trick on your card. When the music stops, put the ball between your feet, to hear what to do next.”
Begin the music, and rotate around the stations as the children play. Help the children who don’t understand or remember the meaning of the card. Compliment the students who are on task, staying in own space and playing safely with positive, specific praise. When the music stops, make sure everyone stops and puts the ball between their feet.
When the music stops, after the children have participated in their first station, wait until everyone has stopped and put the ball between their feet to explain how to rotate. It doesn’t matter which direction you have them rotate in. Point out, to each group, where they will go next. After you have shown each group the cone and direction they are going, have everyone point to where they will go. When everyone is pointing in the correct direction, let them rotate (bring the ball with them) and start the music again. You will be able to tell when the children have worked at all the stations, because they will be back at the station that matches their ball color!
- Bounce and Catch, do any trick before you catch the ball
- Toss then Catch, do a trick before you catch the ball
- Toss and Catch, touch any body part before you catch the ball
- Bounce and Catch, touch any body part before you catch the ball
- Bounce and Catch, Clap before you catch the ball.
- Toss and Catch, Clap before you catch the ball.