Thursday, May 22, 2014

Batting Practice / T-ball and Parachute games for Elementary P.E.

Today I will be playing some PARACHUTE games with my PE classes.  I had to chuckle when one of my 1st grade students entered the gym yesterday and asked me if we were going to play with the "hot air balloon"!  So cute!  Kids always love to play parachute games, and you can click here for my blog posts with details for parachute lessons and teaching tips.

Next week my PE classes will be practicing batting.  Each student will have their own "batting cage" to use.  Please click here for a link to my blog post from last year to view pics and videos of this lesson idea!   Below are some pics of my set -up. 

This is how I arrange my "batting cages" for elementary P.E. Class.  If you do not have t-ball tees, then use the tall cones.  I use foam balls and wiffle ball bats.   Students work in groups of THREE - Catcher, Batter and Outfielder.  Students stay in their position for about 3-5 minutes, then I have them rotate.  My rule is for the catchers to have their backs to the side wall when the batter is up (behind the batters), and the outfielders have their backs on the opposite side wall.  Before batting practice, we talk about good batting form.

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