Week 9 Ball Handling to the Air

GRADE

TOPIC

UNIT

Kindergarten

Ball Handling to the Air

Games

Equipment Needed

Playground balls, Control cones

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes

Psychomotor
  1. Students will throw the ball into the air, and remain in own space.
  2. Students will catch a ball thrown into the air, 50% of the time.
Cognitive
  1. Students will verbally respond to the questions regarding the important points of throwing the ball up into the air
Affective
  1. Students will Play safely.
  2. Students will have fun!

ACTIVITY

PROCEDURE AND TRANSITIONS WITH

MODIFICATIONS AND OR ACCOMMODATIONS

SETUP

DESCRIPTION OR DIAGRAM

Entrance Routine
Have poly spots set up spread out inside your boundaries, throughout both back yards.  One half should be on one side of the playing area and the other half on the other side of the playing field. When the students come into the gym, instruct them to find a spot and do a locomotor move around their spot until you say freeze.
Part 1

Warm-up/Review

10 minutes

Clean Up Your Back Yard

Have a line, cones or something divide the field into two halves.  You will need at least one 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 emptying the garbage (balls) into the other team’s yard.  The teacher can designate the way the garbage must be disposed of.  In this game with the playground balls, insist they roll the balls to the other back yard.  If anyone kicks or throws the ball they should be taken out from the activity.  (IE: Throw, bounce, roll, thrown backwards, using various methods of traveling to get to the balls, using various body parts to get the ball over like head or knees, etc.)  The game is over when one of the teams has completely cleaned their yard, or the teacher says so!

If you cannot set up in advance, divide the children in half.  An easy way to do this is to have the children sit back to back with a partner.  Once they are sitting back to back with their partner, ask one of them to stand up and the other to remain sitting.  The standing children can all go to one back yard and the sitting partners will go to the other.
Part 2

New skill or concept

15 Minutes

“Freeze.  Great job playing the game.  You are excellent listeners to freeze so fast!  When I say go, I want you to get make sure you have a ball.  Once you have a ball, go to a new own space and bounce and catch your ball in own space.  Go.”  Once everyone is in their own space I will call freeze again.

“Freeze, when I say freeze, I would like you to put the ball between your two feet.  Please do that now.  Thank you! Who knows what a target is?  When you are throwing, your target is what you are throwing to.  When you throw a ball to a target, like down to the ground in your own space, what do you look at?  Your target!  That’s right.  When you were catching the ball, what do you look at?  The ball!  Excellent!  When I say go, find a new own space, and this time throw the ball up into the air, and catch it.  Be sure to stay in your own space while you are throwing and catching.  Go”

“When you are throwing the ball up into the air, what are you looking at?  Don’t tell me yet.  I want you to practice throwing the ball straight up into the air so that it stays in your own space, and then try to catch it when it comes back down.  Be sure to think about what you are looking at when you throw the ball.  Go.”

“Freeze.  Who knows what you look at when you throw the ball up into the air?  The air!  The air above your own space.  That’s your target.  Try it again.  Throw the ball up above your own space, and when it comes back down, try to catch it.  Be sure to look at your target above your own space.  Go.”

After a couple of throws, “Freeze.  When you are throwing the ball up into the air above your own space, where do your arms swing toward?  Try throwing some more, and really pay attention to what your arms are swinging toward.  Go”.

“Freeze.  Who knows what their arms where swinging toward?  The sky above your own space!  You have to look at your target, and swing your arms toward your target.  Your target is the sky above your own space!  This time I want you to think about your legs, and knees.  How can they help to throw the ball up to the sky above your own space?  Ready, go.”

What did you do with your legs and knees to help your throw?  Bend your knees, and push off with your throw, toward your target.  (Your kids will not answer exactly this way.  But this was the fast succinct version.)

“This time, when you are throwing the ball up into the air, I want you to think about what you are looking at when you are catching the ball.  Not when you throw, but when you catch.  Ready Go.”

What were you looking at as you were catching the ball?  The ball!  That’s right.  Every time you catch the ball, you have to look at it.

As they are bouncing the balls, I will

walk around watching them and

telling the students that have good own spaces what a good job they are doing. As they are throwing the ball into the

air, I will be walking around encouraging them to watch out for others, and try to stay in their own space.

As they are working, I will be asking individuals,

what they are looking at.  I will ask them what their target is.

As they are working I will be asking Individuals what they are swinging their arms toward.

As they are working, I will be asking individuals what they are looking at as they catch the ball.

Part 3

Practice

10 – 15 Minutes

This time when you throw the ball up into the air.  See if you can clap once before you catch it!

How many times can you clap before you catch the ball?

Can you touch your head with both hands before you catch the ball?

You pick a body part to touch before you catch the ball.

How many different body parts can you touch before you catch the ball?

Can you jump up in the air before you catch the ball?

What is a trick you can think of to try before you catch the ball?

Remind the

class to stay in their own space.

Watch out for other people.  Especially if you are running after your ball.

Point out the different body parts people are trying.

Point out the different tricks you see.  Let a student show off their trick.

Part 4

Stretching & closure

“Freeze.  When I say go, put the ball in the hoop you got it from, put your flags in a pile next to your hoop Find an Own Space to stretch in.  Go”

Choose three stretches to do with the class.

What did you look at when you caught the ball?

What did you look at when you threw the ball to the air?

What did you swing your arms toward when you threw the ball to the air? What did your legs do to help your throw?

Great job today!  Thanks for being so safe, and such good listeners.  Did you have fun today?

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