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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.

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

Suggested Grade Level: 1-2

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.

Variations:

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. Viewed 40406 times since 8/24/2001.

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Tonja
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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.



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