Bouncing Balloon Volley

Rhonda GibbonsBay District Schools

Description

Students learn to volley, consistently striking a balloon with their hands using a two-handed underhand pattern, proper stance and an appropriate amount of force in order to keep the balloon in their self-space.

Objectives

The student consistently strikes lightweight objects with body parts and with lightweight implements.

Materials

-Inflated balloons for each student
-Assessment checklist for each class
-Whistle or music for signal

Preparations

1. Inflate enough balloons for each student with several spares.
2. Create student assessment checklist.

Procedures

1. Hold an inflated balloon up and ask who can guess what skill you will be learning with balloons today. (volleying)

2. Develop vocabulary.
a. [Self-space:] The area above, below, around, beside and under you as far as you can reach while standing still.
Everyone show me his or her self-space.
b. [Force:] The amount of power that you use to strike an object like a balloon.
What would happen if you use a lot of force when you strike the balloon? That's right the balloon will go higher. What if you use less force? Right again, it will remain lower. As you practice volleying today try using different amounts of force.

3. Teacher Demonstration:
a. Volley the balloon using a two-handed underhand pattern in your self-space. (Demonstrate and explain each step) First place feet shoulder-width apart, bends your knees, place your hands together palms upward and open. Then watch the balloon and tap it gently underneath.
b. Give students a signal such as a whistle or music. When you hear the signal you will begin volleying your balloon and when you hear it again you will stop.
c. Once students are in their self-space distribute the balloons.

Begin activity
4. Ask students to volley the balloon at least five times without leaving their self-space. Signal students to begin and circulate cuing them when appropriate, such as, watch the ball, use the flat, open palm of your hands, bend your knees, strike gently, strike directly underneath. After students practice, circulate and assess them using the checklist to denote mastery of each specific skill.

5. Review (Stop the activity and ask:)
a. How many were able to volley at least five times without leaving your self-space?
b. Who can show me a two-handed underhand pattern?
c. Who can show me the proper stance?
d. What happens if you strike the balloon with a lot of force?
e. What happens if you strike it gently?

Assessments

1. Circulate observing for these specific skills and record them on the student assessment checklist.
The student:
a. Consistently strikes the balloon within his/her self-space (at least 5 consecutive strikes).
b. Uses a two-handed underhand pattern to strike the balloon.
c. Uses proper stance, bended knees, and feet are shoulder-width apart.
d. Uses proper force in order to maintain self-space.

For students who have not yet mastered the above skills, continue to cue them as needed to improve the performance, for example, if a student is not able to maintain the self-space while striking the balloon, cue the student to reduce the amount of force used to strike and review a proper two-handed underhand striking pattern.

Extensions

Modify the lesson for physically-impaired students by:
1. Using larger balloons (punching ball size).
2. Using brightly-colored balloons and add a pebble or something to make noise for visually-impaired students.
3. Increasing the student's self-space limit.
4. Choosing a peer to partner volley with the individual.

Challenge students to:
1. Volley the balloon for 30 seconds, without leaving your self-space.
2. Count how many times you can bump the balloon using a two-handed underhand pattern without leaving your self-space or allowing the balloon to hit the floor.
3. Volley the balloon using your dominant hand in an underhand pattern within your self-space.
4. Count how many times you can bump the balloon using your dominant hand in an underhand pattern without leaving your self-space or allowing the balloon to hit the floor.
5. Volley the balloon to a partner using a two-handed underhand pattern.
6. Count how many times you and your partner can volley the balloon using a two-handed underhand pattern.