Monday, January 15, 2018

Basketball and Dance!!

Coming back from winter vacation, students in grades 2-5 have started a basketball unit.  Our kindergarten and first graders have been dancing in the gym!

In basketball classes, we have spent time practicing our dribbling, passing (chest/bounce), and shooting.  Students in grades 2/3 and 4/5 practice the same skills, but many of their activities will be different based on their level.  Fortunately, we have the ability to adjust the height of our hoops, and have a variety of different sized balls available for different skill levels.

One of their favorite shooting games to play is something I call "Spot Shot Basketball".  Students are placed in teams at one end of the gymnasium, with the first student in line starting behind a cone.  On the opposite end of the gym, we have three different sized hoops (small, medium, large).  On that side of the gym, we place down 20+ different circles.  Students take turns dribbling to a circle, taking a shot, and dribbling back to their team.  If they make a basket, they take a bean bag from the sideline, which helps them keep track of points.  At the end of the game, when they make a basket, they take the circle that they shot from.  While we do make this a competition, it's friendly competition, and we cheer for each team as they report their point total.

We are also very fortunate to have projectors available at both Loker and Happy Hollow.  At Happy Hollow, we project onto a screen, and at Loker I just use the gym wall.  I have a selection of videos that I have downloaded from youtube and GoNoodle which have students dancing along to various moves.  Some videos are from the game Just Dance, and they really love those!  We also have videos that have us following directions while moving along to the music.  This also gives us a chance to discuss spatial awareness as we move our bodies around others.  At the end of dance, students will have the opportunity to create their own little dances and have their peers dance along with them!

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