Hands Down Four Square

Hands Down Four Square

  • Fingers always point down. No holding ball during play.
  • 4 square serves to 1 square. A good serve is bounced on the blacktop, then hit to the one square. If you win three times in square 4, go to the end on the line.
  • All line balls are good, so always play the ball. When a player is out, they must go to the end of the line and players move up to fill vacated square.
  • You are out when:
  • You hit the ball out of bounds
  • The ball hits twice in your square.
  • You touch the ball when it’s in the air.
  • Who’s out? The “judge” 1st person in line decides disputed calls.  
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Bear Sighting Freeze Tag

Setup and Equipment:

  • Everybody It Version: No equipment needed

Guidelines:

  • Students are tagged with a two finger (peace sign) tag on someone’s knees.
  • If someone is tagged in this game; make themselves as big as they can by spreading legs and stretching out hands.These are  the protocols for a bear sighting in the woods near Spencer Butte. Remain standing in this frozen position until saved by a classmate.
  • To be saved from a frozen state, classmates will give them a high five to get back in the game.
  • Students have one way to avoid being tagged.  They are safe in in this game when they are pivoting on one foot. Students may do this for three turns, then they can move again.
  • Game changer: No bases. For 30 seconds there is no pivoting.
  • The game continues for about about five minutes or so.
  • Variation: Choose taggers who can use yarn balls as taggers.

 

 

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Balloons

Balloon Finger Balance

  • Try balancing a balloon on the end of your finger.
  • Have a competition to see who can do it for the longest.
  • The balloon must not be held, only balanced, and it must not be tapped.
  • The finger must be in direct contact with the balloon at all times.

Balloon Juggle

  • Each team (6-8 per team) is given one balloon each with two additional ones.
  • They are to try and keep all of the balloons in the air.
  • Even more balloons may be added to increase the challenge.

Balloon Juggle Memory Game

  • Each team (6-8 per team) decide on the order by calling out the name of someone in their group (it’s best if it is not passed to the person next to them)
  • Balloons may be added to increase the challenge.

Balloon Partner Volleyball

  • Inflate to medium or medium-low pressure, so the balloon “floats” only a bit but not too much.
  • Stand facing a partner across a line on the floor of the gym.
  • One person serves the balloon by throwing the balloon in the air and hitting it with an open hand across the line. Try to use volleyball techniques, such as the  pass, set, kill, or serve to hit the balloon back and forth across the line
  • If someone allows the balloon to touch the floor on their side, the person on the other side of the net scores a point.
  • Play first person to 5 points, and then start again.
  • You are allowed to touch the balloon more than once on your side.

Balloon Over/Under Relay

  • The object of this game is to get your team to the opposite end of the gym by passing a balloon.
  • Teams line up in relay team formation.
  • The balloon is passed overhead to the person in back of them.
  • That person now passes the balloon through their legs to the next person who leans down and picks it up then passes it overhead to the person standing in back of them.
  • When the last pass  is made that person runs to the front of the line and passes the balloon overhead and the pattern continues.
  • The team will eventually move their whole team to the opposite end of the gym.

Balloon Tap Race

  • Equipment : Balloon for each team,
  • Six teams lined up in shuttle relay style. Half of each team is lined up at one end of the gym and the other half at the the starting line at the opposite end of the gym.
  • Each half of each team decides on an order so everyone touches the balloon when tapping the ballon in the air, so everyone has an equal turn.

Partner Balloon Tap Race

  • Equipment : Balloon for each team
  • Six teams lined up in shuttle relay style. First two people on each team line up facing each other with one balloon between them. You may want to require the slide step while doing this.
  • Tap the balloon back and forth between each other until your feet cross the center line reach the center line. Then return back to your line by passing.
  • Pass the balloon to the next two people in line and the relay continues until everyone has had at least one turn. You could also  set a limit of two to five minutes and see how many turns they can get.
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Hoop Passing for Small Groups

Equipment and Setup:

  • Student arranged in groups of five to eight.
  • Hula Hoops: Two per group
  • Group holds hands in a circle facing each other

Guidelines:

  • Each group hangs one of the hula hoops on a pair of linked hands in the group. The other hoop is set on the floor outside of the circle.
  • The object of this is activity is to see how quickly and gracefully the hoop can be moved around the circle back to the starting point without letting go of your hands. Bending, twisting and talking to each other will be a big help.
  •  The most popular way to pass the hoop is by stepping into and ducking through the hoop, while lifting the hoop up and down and using gravity to slide the hoop.
  • Once a group can pass one hoop around the circle add a second hoop and continue.
  • How many times can you get the two hoops passed around your circle in two minutes or the time of one song.

Other Ideas:

Reverse: Play music to start passing the hoop. When you hear the sound of a truck backing up change the direction that you are passing.

Magic Passing

  • Start two hoops facing each other on opposite sides of the circle. Use “magic” or change the shape of your hoop to get them to pass through each other until they reach the starting point.

Caterpillar Line Race

Equipment and Setup:

  • Six groups of students line up at one end of the gym
  • Hula Hoops: Two per group
  • Group holds hands in a line standing next to each other.
  • Two hoops are on the floor next to the end line of the last person in line.

Guidelines:

  • The object of this activity is to get your group to the opposite end of the gym.
  • The hoops are passed backwards towards the starting line. When the hoop gets over the last person in line, they run to the front of the line toward the end line at the destination.
  • Continue passing the hoops backward and moving the line forward until you reach the destination.

 

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Hoop Driving

Equipment and Setup:

  • One hula hoop for each student in the class.
  • Set up cones near each corner of the gym with enough room for the students to easily pass around the outside of the cone.
  • Music for Driving

Guidelines:

Today students will be simulating driving a car by holding their hula hoop in the air as if it were a giant steering wheel.

  • Spread students out around the giant circle which is designated with the four cones.
  • Students will be following the directions of the teacher as they move around the gym in a counterclockwise direction.

Driving Actions: Teacher led demonstration followed by the students practicing the skill as they move around the gym.

  • Song 1.  Sound Effects  Start Your Engines: Turn on your car.
  • Song 2.  I’m Walkin’  Yellow light:  Move slowly with caution
  • Song 3.  Stop in the Name Red Light: Stop and Freeze
  • Song 4.  School Day  School Zone: Students are always happy as they go to school. Let’s see those happy children going to school.
  • Song 5.  Greased Lightning Highway: Speed limit is now 70 mph, not 20 mph like in the school zone. So, get moving!
  • Song 6. Rock Around Uphill: Lift your knees up high as you march up the hill.
  • Song 7. At the Hop  Flat tire – Hop on one foot until you are so tired you have to pull over. You may stand on one foot and balance as you await assistance.
  • Song 7. Grease Tunnel: Bend your knees and drive.
  • Song 8.  Sound effects Emergency vehicle: Pull over to the right side as the siren sounds.

Two Directions at the same time!

  • Song 9 . Happy Yellow Light and School Zone –Slowly Skip in a School Zone
  • Song 10. Sound effects Uphill and in Reverse March backwards
  • Song 11.  Afro Nuts Reverse and School Zone Skip Backward in the school zone
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Cup Stacking: Sport Stacking

Cup Stacking

For a free set of  Speedstacks and a DVD: Go to their teacher web site and fill out their online information. Click the Cup stacking picture (above), or the following link:

Speed Stacks Teacher Central

Basic Stacking Information

  • Introduction: The first day of cup-stacking is a DVD or smart board video if your students have not been previously  introduced. The DVD, videos  and other Sport-stacking items are available at the Speedstacks website. There are also many videos on  You Tube.

Teach Stacking in order of difficulty:

  • 3-3 Stack
  • 3-3-3 Stack
  • 6 Stack
  • 1-10-1 Stack

Six Stack -up stack

  • Start with 6 cups in front of you
  • Take 3 cups with your right and 2 cups with your left
  • Leave one cup down
  • Spread the cups apart with your fingers
  • Release the bottom cup of your right hand to the right of the center cup so you now have 2 cups left in that hand
  • Release the bottom cup with your left hand to the left of the center cup
  • Release the next cup from your right hand on top of the center
  • Set the cup on in the left hand next to it
  • Put the final cup on on top with right hand

6 Stack -Down stack

  • Place right hand on top cup and your left hand on the second cup on the left
  • Slide to the right with your right hand, at the same time slide left with your left hand
  • Take the 3 cups in your left hand and the 2 cups in your right hand and put them in one stack of 6 cups

Partner Challenge:

  • Sets of cups are needed for each students.
  • Students sit in pairs across from each other.
  • Teacher designates a stacking formation:
  • 3-3-3-3
  • 3-6-3
  • 1-10-1
  • Start in down-stack position.
  • Stand up when up-stacking and down-stacking are complete.
  • Teacher gives the accumulated time count after the first person is standing.

Around the Table

  • (Set up tables so four people to six people are able to stack at the same time)
  • Students stand behind a table in front of down-stacked cups.
  • Teacher designates a stacking formation:
  • 3-3-3-3
  • 3-6-3
  • 1-10-1
  • After upstacking and downstacking –
  • Rotate to the right and begin the next stack.
  • Continue until everyone is back to their starting position.

Shuttle Relay

  • Students stand in shuttle relay style.
  • Cups are set up in the middle of the gym with one stack for each team. (in line with their team position)
  • Teacher designates a stacking formation:
  • 3-3-3-3
  • 3-6-3
  • 1-10-1
  • On the signal, the first stacker runs to the middle and stacks up.
  • Then they run to their teammates on the opposite end of the gym and give them a “five”.
  • This stacker goes to the middle and down-stacks.
  • Continue until everyone is back to the starting position, or…
  • Set a time, such as 2 minutes and see how many stacks can be made in that amount of time.

Scooter Relay

  • Students are lined up in teams in relay style with a partner.
  • Each team has two scooters linked together.
  • Each team has downstacked cups in the middle of the gym floor and at the opposite end.
  • Two students from each team will take turns as the pusher and the rider.
  • One partner from each team is sitting on the scooter, with feet extended forward
  • The other partner (next in line) will be pushing.
  • One set of 6 cups is on middle gym line.
  • Three sets of three cups are at the opposite end of the gym.
  • Students are pushed on the scooters to the center stack – up-stack the three sets of three.
  • Then, travel to the opposite end and up-stack the 6 cup stack
  • Now partners switch places and the new “rider” will down-stack the same set of cups.
  • Return to the beginning of the line and pass the scooters to the next partners in line.
  • Continue until everyone has had a turn up-stacking and down-stacking.
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Rotating/Stationary Line Pass

Line Pass (Stationary Line/Rotating Line): Get a lot of practice passing balls/ etc. with a variety of partners

Setup/Equipment:

  • Line up the class so that there are two lines facing each other about ten feet apart.
  • Spread out, so everyone is directly across from a partner.
  • For K-2,  it helps if each participant has a polyspot to stand on. You may want to use playground balls rather than basketballs.

Guidelines:

  • One line is the Stationary line – each person in that line gets a ball. They are in charge of the ball and always hold it during transitions.
  • The other line is the rotating line – they will rotate down to the next person in line during the transition music.
  • MUSIC:  I set up a playlist of about 20 songs and set the time for 40 seconds. Then I place a transition song that repeats between songs that is about 10 seconds long.
  • Start music:  Students pass the ball back and forth. Start with a bounce pass which is usually more accurate and easier to catch.
  • Rotate: After the songs ends there is a ten second transition song for the person at the end of the rotating line to run up and take their place at the beginning of the line. Everyone else in the rotating line moves down one place.
  • Reminders: A good pass is one that your partner catches. How many passes can you make in 40 seconds.
  • Adjust the length of the pass according to each grade level. Then adjust during the activity for each grade level.
  • Vary the style of passes: Bounce, chest, overhead

Variations: Stop the activity at any time to make changes. The stationary line now gets a chance to run over and make the change this time. Here’s some possibilities:

  • Chest Pass with Playground Balls/Basketballs
  • Bounce Pass with Playground Balls/Basketballs
  • Beanbags
  • Foam balls
  • Deck Rings
  • Footballs
  • Spinjammers/ Soft Frisbee
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Ball Skills Introduction

Equipment and Setup:

  • For Grades K-2 Use playground balls
  • For Grades 3/4/5 Use basketballs
  • Students spread out in their personal space
  • Adjust this list to the level of your students
  • Teacher up front to lead activities

Teacher Leads –  Students Follow

  • Foot Dribble: Bounce ball up to self using foot
  • Hold ankle dribble: Dribble ball while holding one ankle and balancing on one foot.
  • Heel Slap Dribble: Dribble with one hand while slapping your heel with the other
  • Massage and Dribble: Can you rub the back of your neck and dribble a ball?
  • Bounce High: Bounce ball high while ball doesn’t go above hand
  • Bounce Low: Bounce as low as possible
  • Catch while you’re off the floor: Throw ball and catch while jumping
  • Catch as low as you can: Bounce ball and catch as close to the floor as possible
  • Butterfly Drill: Hold ball between legs – do scissors – ball stays between legs
  • Throw back to front: Hold ball in back with both hands and throw in front to catch
  • Throw front to back: Throw ball up and catch it behind your back
  • Throw, jump 360, catch: Throw ball up and make a complete turn and catch
  • Roller ball: Balance ball behind your neck, let the ball roll down your back, then catch ball at your lower back.
  • Floor slap: Throw ball on the floor – slap both hands on floor – then catch
  • Stand to Lying Down Dribble: High dribble, medium dribble, sit on the floor and keep dribbling, then lie down on your back and keep dribbling. Keep dribbling and slowly begin standing up.
  • Homer Simpson: Run in a circle while dribbling your ball in the same place.
  • Monkey Walk: Walk while moving the ball between your legs
  • Crossover Dribble: Dribble right -left- right -left.
  • Heads Up Dribble: Watch the teacher move a ball side-to-side and move accordinglyHold ball in back with both hands and throw in front to catch
  • Homer Simpson: Run in a circle while dribbling your ball on an exact spot on the floor. Then reverse directions. Can you do it while skipping? Skipping backwards?

Basketball/Playground Balls Game and Activity Links

Dribble Train

Recycle the Basketballs

Polyspot Basketball

Line Basketball

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Tunnels

Equipment and Setup:

  • (Use Soft Soccer style ball or beanbags )
  • One ball or beanbag for each student
  • Chose partners – Decide who will be the tunnel to start the activity. The partner will be moving around the gym and try to close all of the tunnels by moving their ball or beanbag through tunnel.

Guidelines:

  • The people who are “tunnels” may pass a ball to themselves in the air, while the other students are dribbling their balls. If you’re using a beanbag, the tunnel can just throw and catch with themselves.
  • The partner will get a ball and begin to dribble with their feet in the playing area. If you’re using a beanbag and just throw and catch in the air, or practice sliding it.
  • When the activity begins half of the students will dribble their balls on the floor, and attempt to pass a ball through as many tunnels as possible. If you’re using beanbags, you’ll slide it through the legs.
  • The “tunnel” students should count how many balls or beanbags pass through their legs.
  • When five balls or beanbags have passed through a tunnel, that tunnel is closed and they sit down.
  • When all of the tunnels are closed, everyone sits down.
  • Partners connect with each other and change positions. There are new tunnels and new people moving to see how quickly they can close all of the tunnels.
  • Teacher may time students, then see if they can improve the time it takes to shut down all of the tunnels.
  • Variation: Tunnels open and close (jumping jack style)
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Square Dance: Random Style

Teach these a few at a time while students move around the gym by themselves. The music stops whenever it’s time to teach a new set of skills. When you get to the partner section, students pick someone close to them.

Group Formation: Spread out on the floor with space between you. Move around the gym in a clockwise direction (random style if group is capable).

  • Stomp Clap: Stomp one foot and clap to the Music: An Angel Went up in Flames
  • Hit the Lonesome Trail: Walk/strut to the Music: Turkey in the Straw
  • Turn One Alone: Pivot around one time while moving.           Music: Ol Joe Clark
  • Cyclone: While walking turn around 2 times and continue walking. Music: Ol Joe Clark
  • Pony Express: Do the step twice as fast Music: Boil the Cabbage Down The Grascals
  • WildHorse: Keep one foot in front and gallop like a horse around the gym. Music: Wild Horse by RaeLynn
  • Riding a Horse, Lasso: Wrist over Wrist  Gangman Style PSY

Partners:

  • Honor Your Partner: Face your partner and bow. Music: Salty Dog Blues Grisman
  • Circle Up Two: Join hands and skip in a circle. Music: Rocky Top
  • Elbow Turn: Do right arm turn, then left. Music: American Folk

New Partners:

  • Horse and Jockey: Stand one in front of the other, back partner’s hands are on the shoulders.
  • Gallop together. Music: William Tell Overture Wee Sing
  • Change Jockeys: Switch places.
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