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Name of Activity:

Bounce to Spell

Academic content:

Language Arts

Purpose of Activity:

Working on eye-hand coordination, cooperation and spelling skills.


Basic work with dribbling, passing and catching, list of current spelling words from the classroom teacher.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Variety of different size playground balls (one/two students).

Physical activity:

Dribbling, Passing, and Catching a Ball

Description of Idea

Students are in their own personal space with a playground ball and a partner. Students are given a spelling word from their classroom or schoolwide list. They bounce the ball to their partner saying a letter as they pass the ball. The partner says another letter as they catch the ball as they ultimately try to successfully spell out the complete word.


To challenge the students, the teacher can suggest different types of passes....i.e. pass the ball at a low level, pass the ball quickly, pass the ball under a particular body part, pass the ball facing sideways toward your partner.

Assessment Ideas:

Ask students the following questions: Where does the ball need to bounce between you and your partner for him/her to successfully catch the ball? What type of force (strong, light) is needed as you pass the ball? What was the easiest way to catch the ball?

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Submitted by Cyndi McClure who teaches at Bethel Elementary School in Waynesville, NC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/2/2008.

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I altered this activity because the children I care for are preschool age. We used a small soft soccer ball and the children kicked it to their partner as we worked on our colors. I would call out a color and as the child kicked the ball they would find an object of that same color. This activity helps them to recognize different colored objects and is very physical.

Bounce to Spell