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We Tumble Together

Kathy Kelly

Description

While working in cooperative groups, students create, practice, and perform a tumbling routine to music.

Objectives

The student knows how to apply mature patterns of locomotor, nonlocomotor, body-management throwing, catching, and striking skills while participating in modified versions of team and individual sports.

The student knows how to design and refine a routine by combining various movements to music.

The student knows the potential fitness benefits of various activities.

The student identifies forms of physical activity that provide personal enjoyment.

The student recognizes the aesthetic and creative aspects of performance.

The student knows various ways to use the body and movement activities to communicate ideas and feelings.

Materials

-Video tape of tumbling routine(s) (created in previous classes)
-TV/VCR
-Music
-Tape player or CD player with speakers
-Tumbling mats
-Pen and paper

Preparations

1. Set up mats on gym floor.
2. Set up music and speakers.

Procedures

Authentic Context:
You are part of the world’s greatest tumbling group. You are faced with a problem. Your teammates, as well as your audience, have begun to find your routine boring. Design a creative and aesthetically pleasing tumbling routine to liven your show and win back your fans.

1. One week prior to this activity, the students will have learned and practiced:
- forward rolls
- left and right shoulder rolls
- log rolls
- counter tension (e.g., two students holding hands, pulling away from each other)
- counter balance (e.g., two students leaning on each other)
- center of gravity
- base of support
- partner support
- hand stands
- head stands
- tripods
- cartwheels
- spotting techniques

2. Review with students the following safety rules to be stressed during tumbling:
- Never try a tumbling move that was not taught in class (e.g., a flip).
- Keep in mind spatial awareness. Know where other students are located on the mat before tumbling.
- Always have a spotter when tumbling.
- Use proper techniques for stacking in a pyramid.

3. Give students the rubric criteria from which they will be assessed. Discuss and answer any questions.

4. Show the videotape of other groups doing tumbling routines. (The videotape has been created by filming tumbling routines in previous classes. Therefore, a teacher doing this activity for the first time may not have access to such a videotape.)

5. Place students into groups of six or eight (depending on class size). In their groups, students brainstorm tumbling moves and pyramid formations. After discussing various moves, students select the tumbling moves and formations they will use in their routine.

6. In their routines, students must create three different pyramids, with each pyramid exhibiting entrances and exits of tumbling. For example, all students do a forward roll into the middle of the mat (entrance), create their pyramid, and then come out of the formation and perform right shoulder rolls to the edge of the mat (exit).

7. Students practice their routines to music which has been selected by the group. Provide feedback and monitor safety precautions.

8. Students perform their routines to music in front of the teacher and class. Discuss the creativity and aesthetic features of each routine after it has been performed.

9. Videotape the performances to exhibit to other classes.

Assessments

The Suggested Rubric for Tumbling Routines (see associated file) may be used for assessing the students' routines.


Self Reflection:
Describe the tumbling moves you included in your routine and explain why you feel they were aesthetically pleasing and demonstrated your group’s creativity.

What changes could you or your group make to the tumbling routine to make it better?

Extensions

Self Reflection:
Describe the tumbling moves you included in your routine and explain why you feel they were aesthetically pleasing and demonstrated your group's creativity.

What changes could you or your group make to the tumbling routine to make it better?

Attached Files

A suggested rubric for tumbling routines.     File Extension: pdf

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