Basketball Scrabble


Basketball Scrabble

State Standard: 1, 2, & 4

Equipment: Several basketballs, pencils, scratch paper, cones, several noodles (cut to smaller sizes) with letters of alphabet on each one, & basketball hoops. Grade: 2-5
Purpose of Event: Dribbling a basketball while attempting a shot as well as making words with letters.
Time: 20-25 minutes
Organization:  Divide the class into 4 or 5 teams (relay style) and have them line up on one end the gym behind a cone. Give each team one basketball, a pencil, and a scratch piece of paper. Put a basketball full of cut -up pool noodles with each letter of the alphabet inside (add a wild card if you want). 

Scrabble: On the signal, the first player in each line will dribble their basketball to a hoop and attempt a shot (using the proper progression as much as possible). After the player has taken their shot they dribble their basketball to a bin (located in the middle of the gym) filled with the letters and take one. Once they have chosen their letter they dribble their ball back to their team and give the basketball to the next person in line. This player then dribbles the ball to a hoop and attempts their shot. Each player from each team continues to dribble and attempt their shots and retrieve a letters from the bin before they return to their team. The team that comes up with the most words from the letters they have chosen at the end of the time limit are the winners (this is what they pencil and scratch paper is for).

Rules: If a player attempts their shot, but does NOT make it that student is allowed to retrieve only one letter from the bin; whereas if a student who shoots a shot and DOES make it they can retrieve two letters.

Variations: For older students; instead of making words have them try and make as many sentences out of their letters.

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Make sure students are taking turns and staying in their order in their lines!!
This idea is from: Amy Staples, K-5 Physical Education Teacher, Sioux Falls, SD. 

Card Sharks Dribbling


 

Card Sharks Dribbling

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4

Equipment: Several basketballs, Hula Hoops, Playing Cards, & Basketball Hoops (varying height) Grade: 2-5
Purpose of Event:  dribbling skills, bounce & catching, manipulation, and control
Time: 15- 20 minutes
Organization: Set-up several hula-hoops around the gym with playing cards inside each one. Make sure the cards are facing down, so students cannot see them. Mix the cards up; for instance red cards and black cards are spread out in varying hula-hoops. Have basketball hoops set and different height for younger students.

Introduction:  On the signal, students begin dribbling around the gym and go to a different hula-hoop. At the hula-hoop a student will flip up the card (inside the hula-hoop) if the card is red student dribbles the inside the hula-hoop with their dominate hand that many times inside the hula-hoop. After the student as completed that task they flip the card back upside down and move to another hula-hoop. If a student goes to another hula-hoop and flip the card up and it is black they are required to dribble the ball that number of times with their non-dominate hand.

Variations: Instead of having (older students) dribbling if the student picks up a red card you can have them dribble to a red poly spot on the floor (at a hoop) and attempt one shot. Whether the student makes or misses the shot they go retrieve their ball and proceed to dribble to another hula-hoop. If a student goes to a hula-hoop and the card they pick up is black they proceed to a black poly spot (hoop set at a taller height).

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Making sure students are not shooting their baskets when other students are shooting (taking turns). Make sure students are not stealing the ball from each other (little kids).
This idea is from: Kate Davis, Western Elementary. www.pecentral.com

 


 

Mega-Goal Hockey

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Mega-Goal Hockey

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4

Equipment: Hockey Sticks & 6 Hockey Nets (Goals) Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event:  Stick and Puck Manipulation, Control, Shooting Technique, & Teamwork
Time: 15- 20 minutes
Organization: Set-up 6 nets and put all the fleece balls and tennis balls in the middle. Students are separated into groups evenly at each one of the six nets.

Introduction:  A student from each goal runs to the middle (with their hockey stick) and dribbles a ball back to their goal and attempts a shot (trying to score a goal). If the student makes their goal;  the ball stays in their teams goal. If they miss; the student must dribble the ball (hockey stick) back to the middle. They then run back hand their hockey stick to the next teammate in line who repeats the same activity as their teammates in order to score a goal for their team. After each round count how many goals were made and start again. Then have team rotate to practice at different goals.

Variations: Instead of having just one student from each team have a hockey stick (with older students) have each player at each goal have their own hockey stick. On the signal, ALL students from each goal run to the middle and dribble a ball (with hockey stick) and attempt a shot at their teams goal.

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Making sure students are not “high-sticking.” If playing with all students with a hockey stick make sure students are be aware of who is around them when they shoot to score.
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Basketball Shoot-out

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Basketball Shoot Out!

State Standard: 1, 2, 3

Equipment: Rubber play ground balls, (can use basketballs, but with the little kids, and all the shooting, rubber is safer!  Plus, they bounce easier!   100+ tokens, a Frisbee, music, basketball hoops (low) Grade: K-3
Purpose of Event: Shooting Basket, Adding Score, Sportsmanship, work on HONESTY!
Time: 15-20 minutes
Description: : Have everyone get a basketball

  •  When the music starts, they can shoot at any of the 6 hoops, every time they make a basket, they come over to you and get a token out of the “treasure chest” and put the token in the Frisbee.
  •  I usually sit on a chair and hold the treasure chest, so kids will only take ONE token
  •  After 2-3 minutes, stop the music and close the lid to the chest, NO MORE TOKENS can be taken out.
  •  Have the kids come and sit around you and help them count the tokens from the Frisbee
  • Put the tokens back into the chest and start the game again.
  •  I don’t let the kids dribble or shoot while we are counting.

Work on Math skills!  Count by 2’s 5’s etc.  Also, sometimes we count by color!  Have one student pick out a chip, what ever color it is, that color is worth 2 points instead of just one!

Concerns:  If using real basketballs, be careful around the hoops!
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Time Bomb Basketball

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Time Bomb Basketball

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Equipment: Basketball and hoop per group Grade: 4+
Purpose of Event: Combine passing, shooting, teamwork
Time: 10-15 minutes
Description:Divide students into groups of 4-6, in circle formation; each group has one ball and one basketball hoop.  When the music starts, they will bounce (and/or chest pass) to someone else in their group.  When the music stops, the person with the ball goes to the free throw line and shoots.  They keep shooting until they make a basket, after the first shot, that player can move as close as they want.  Once that basket is made the next player shoots, again from the free-throw line and repeat until everyone has made a basket.Or shoot for a time, i.e.. one minute and see how many made baskets each group gets.  Another option would be to have everyone shoot one time and see how many baskets each team makes.

Can use playground balls for safety with younger students.  Move the starting line up for weaker students, or lower the hoop.

Concerns: Pass to students carefully.
This idea is from: I have seen it may places, but changed some things to make it work for my students.

Hula Hoop Knockout

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Hula Hoop Knockout

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Equipment: Hula Hoops & Basketballs Grade: 4-8
Purpose of Event: Cardiovascular, Dribbling Skills, Movement in General Space
Time: 15-20 minutes
This is a dribbling practice game. Players will partner up so there will be pairs spread out in the gym. In each pair, 1 player will start as the dribbler and have a basketball (or soccer ball depending which game you want to play). The other player will place a hula hoop on the floor and stand with at least 1 foot inside of it. The player inside the hoop will try to knock away the balls of other players who come too near (remember that 1 foot must always be inside the hoop). If a player’s ball gets knocked away, they simply retrieve it and continue dribbling. After a couple of minutes, players switch roles and play again. Another great dribbling practice game, and modification of the original Knockout.
Modifications: You can also have the students who are dribbling knock away the other dribblers basketballs as well; instead of just those students whose foot is inside the hula-hoop.
Concerns: Move safely in general space. Making sure students are tagged in a nice manner w/ the noodles.
This idea is from: PhysedGames.com