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Name of Activity: Ghostbusters

Purpose of Activity: The purpose of this activity is to have students practice the proper overhand throwing technique.

Prerequisites: Students have been taught proper technique for the overhand throw (step with the opposite foot, trunk rotation, shift of weight, elbow leads the way, snap wrist and follow-through.)

Suggested Grade Level: K-2

Materials Needed: Fleece or foam balls (at least one per two students, preferably one per student); volleyball net; pieces of white cloth or sheets; rubber bands; black permanent markers or black felt; Ghostbuster music (optional)

Description of Idea

Preparation and set-up: Cut pieces of white sheets or cloth to fit over the balls, then fasten with rubber bands to make ghosts. Black ghost eyes can be drawn on with permanent marker or pieces of black felt can be glued on. Set up the volleyball net to a height at which a correctly thrown (overhand) ball will clear the net.
Directions: Divide the class into two teams, one on each side of the net. Explain that they must stay in their house (on their side of the net) during the game. Tell the class that they are all Ghostbusters and their job is to get rid of all the ghosts in their haunted house. They will get rid of the ghosts by throwing them into the other haunted house, over the net, using the overhand throw. However, when the whistle blows they must stop throwing the ghosts, gather all the ghosts in their house, and sit down. Then the students will count with you to see how many ghosts ended up on each side. Begin the game when the ghosts are evenly distributed on each side of the net (one per student or one per two students). Play for 3-5 minutes and stop the game with a whistle. After counting up the ghosts, talk with the students about what they can do to end up with FEWER ghosts on their side, which is the goal. For example, moving faster to retrieve ghosts, catching ghosts as they come over the net so they can be thrown back sooner, having teammates spread out in the general space so all the area is covered, etc. Redistribute the ghosts evenly and start the game again. To make it a little more fun, have each team pick a name for their haunted house. You can also play the song "Ghostbusters" as they throw the ghosts back and forth.

Assessment Ideas:

Use a checklist to assess the proper form for the overhand throw:
step with the opposite foot
trunk rotation
shift of weight
elbow leads the way
snap wrist and follow-through

This game could also be used as a preassessment.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

For students in wheelchairs, have others push them around to collect the ghosts. Lower the net so they can throw the ghosts over.

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Submitted by Phyllis Kessel who teaches at Chasco Elementary School in Port Richey, FL. Additional authors for this idea were Jeff Collins. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 4/7/2004. Viewed 40194 times since 11/1/2003.

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Cindy Tudehope-Whittier Elem. Sioux City,IA
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My k-2 loved the game. It was great to have them wrapped like ghost and I played the ghostbuster music. One idea as far as teaching the overhand throw is to have them image they are answering the phone on the back wall and say ring ring take the ball to your ear and say hello this one is for you and throw it to a partner or as far as they can.



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