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Name of Activity:
Poly Spot Dribbling
Purpose of Activity:To improve students’ hand dribbling ability.
Activity cues:Push the ball, feel the ball, fingerpads (NOT palm), look up, waist-level bounces
Prerequisites:Ability to dribble with one hand, knowledge of numbers and counting
Suggested Grade Level:1-2
Materials Needed:Basketball (or other ball that bounces) for each student, poly spots with numbers written or taped on them.
Description of Idea
Have students carry their ball as they jog around the activity area with music playing. When the music stops they quickly find, and stand on, a poly spot (or any kind of spot that the can dribble on). Students dribble the number of times noted on the poly spot. The teacher will turn the music on and off as a signal for students.
Lower-skilled students can dribble with two hands. Higher-skilled students can practice with their non-dominant hand.
Numbers could be taped and written on the bottom of the poly spots so students need to turn over the poly spot to know the number of dribbles to be performed.
Math problems could be taped onto the poly spots instead of single numbers.
Spelling words could be used.
Shapes could be taped to cards.
Dice could be used to determine the number of dribbles.
A rubric can be used to assess students’ dribbling abilities. Teachers can observe students’ abilities to dribble.
An exit slip could be used to assess students’ knowledge of dribbling cues and/or uses.
Have more poly spots than children scattered throughout the area. This allows students to quickly find a spot nearby.
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