Saturday, March 7, 2015

Basketball Lessons for K-5th grade with Minute Club Warm-Up and St. Patricks Day Game

For the month of March, the students will be focusing on Basketball Skills.  We are doing the Minute
basketball lesson agenda
Club Warm-Up, and 3rd-5th graders are practicing curl-ups and push-ups in preparation for their Fitnessgram fitness testing.  The minute club is really motivating students to jog and maintain a steady pace!  They have been excited to earn these Minute Club certificates!

These are some of the activities the students participated in this week:
1)  Ball Handling Drills (K-5th)
2)  Dribbling Drills (K-5) - Poly Spot Dribbling (K-2) Dribbling Tag (5th)
3)  Shooting (2nd-5th) - Shooting Game "Hot Shot" (3rd-5th)
4)  Gold Coin Exercise Game (for St. Patrick's Day) - this is something I made up this week after buying a ton of plastic gold coins from the dollar store.  It was fun and the kids got a lot of exercise!

 This is a video of the game HOT SHOT - players had 1 minute to shoot baskets, trying to score as many points as possible. Four people were at each hoop.

Video of "Poly Spot Dribbling" idea from
2nd grader playing "poly spot dribbling".  Players walk or jog and dribble throughout the area and stop at poly spots to dribble on knees (there are numbers written on my poly spots with permanent marker).

These are the gold coins I purchased from the Dollar Store and used for the GOLD COIN EXERCISE GAME.

excercises picking berries
GOLD COIN EXERCISE game - Students earned a gold coin by doing 10 exercises on the poly spots.  They placed their coins in the "girl bucket" or the "boy bucket" and continued earning more and more coins.  I stopped the game every 2 mins to change exercises (picking berries, jumping jacks, push-ups, etc).

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  1. Hey Carly, great ideas. Could you go over how you did sideline basketball with the 5th graders. Thank you! Ryan

  2. Today was the first day I did Sideline BBall with 4th and 5th graders - We played 5 on 5 for 2 minutes, then rotated to the next 5 on 5. The kids on the sideline were able to pass the ball in bounds if it went out on the side. We began each group with a jump ball in the middle and played with normal rules. The sideline people also helped keep track of the timer - we switched every 2 minutes so no one had to stand out for too long. I did not allow kids to "press" - if a point was scored or the team got a rebound, everyone had to run back to the other hoop. I used polyspots on the side so players knew where to stand and stay in order - you could use 5 of a different color spot to show who is the next 5 players to come in (I have star shaped spots so I used the stars to show who the next 5 players were). I hope that makes sense!!!! :-)

  3. Hi Carly, great website! Thanks for all of your sharing. Could you please describe what the 'picking berries' exercise is?

    1. I learned "picking berries" this year from another PE teacher - great exercise for the core. Begin in the position pictured at the very bottom of this post (girl doing the "gold coin" exercise game). Hold that position and twist side to side - pretending to pick strawberries on the ground while you twist. (fingers touch the floor - reaching both hands to the same side, then twist to the other side and reach to pick a berry off the floor)......holding feet a couple inches off the floor.

  4. Hi Carly, I love your website and blog! It is so very helpful. I clicked on the fitness activities for elementary link under the fitness page of your website and it linked me to a google doc from Sierra Dutton's Honor's English class. It looks to be an essay. I would love the actual list of exercises if you have it! Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah. I just updated it! Thank you for letting me know about that!

  5. Hi Sarah, thank you for the comment. I haven't touched my webpage in at least 5 years, so I'll have to check it out and fix that link! Sorry about that, how strange! If you would like to email me directly for that list of exercises, feel free!