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Name of Activity:
Team Outfield Scramble (with Parachutes)
Purpose of Activity:To teach students the value of working together with others while participating in a high energy, fun activity.
Prerequisites:Knowledge of an overhand throw and an underhand throw.
Suggested Grade Level:3-5
Materials Needed:Team Connect-A-Chute Parachute Pack, a variety of objects for throwing and catching, (gatorskin balls, yarn balls, rubber animals, Koosh balls, whiffle balls, etc.) hula hoops or baskets, and cones.
Description of Idea
Divide the class into a team with at least four players in each group. Two members from each team are selected to hold the two person parachute and be the “catchers”. Their job is to work together to catch a thrown object with the parachute (the object may not bounce or be rolled). Catchers may move side to side but cannot move closer to the thrower. If an object is caught in the parachute, the “catchers” must work together to transfer it into the team hoop/basket without using their hands. Each caught pop–fly is counted as a run/score.
One player is selected as the “thrower” and they must perform an underhand or overhand throw from a designated area (cone) using the parachute as the target. The last member of the team is the “Retriever/Ball Boy/Girl. They must pick up one object that is scattered in the outfield and run it to the “thrower”. They must hand it (do not roll or throw) to their team thrower and then go back to the outfield for another object. After all the objects have been collected from the outfield, count up your team “runs”, return objects to outfield and switch jobs so that everyone gets a chance to work the parachute, throw, or retrieve.
After the activity ask the kids these questions:
Have the team discuss which objects they had the most success catching.
Discuss what kind of strategies the team used to solve problems and be more successful?
What worked well when catching the objects?
What worked well when putting the balls into the bucket/container?
Add a fitness component by having the “thrower” perform different exercises while they are waiting (step boxes, squats, jumping jacks, lunges, etc.)
You could have teams of 3 to increase the throwing engagement.
Have the parachute team move around the activity area and have the thrower and retriever switch places after each throw.
Have the students do the activity for a certain amount of time.
Make different levels for the game: maybe first level underhand throw, second level overhand throw, third level add movement of some sort.
To add more activity have the thrower do some type of cardio activity while waiting for the the catchers to put the object in the bucket.
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Submitted by Alyssa Dabbenigno who teaches at Sugarland Elementary School in Sterling, VA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/20/2015.Viewed 20780 times since 10/9/2015.