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These great balloon volleyball lesson activities offer plenty of volleying and striking practice
P.E. & Health
2, 3, 4
Title – Volleying and Striking
By – Carissa Riexinger
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 2-4
- State — 1
- National — 1,2,3,5,7
- After the teacher D&D; the students will:
- 1. Learn to volley a balloon with an open palm
- 2. Strike a balloon with a paddle or racket
- 3. Recognize the proper form for holding a paddle
- 4. Have enough confidence to successfully volley and strike a balloon
- 5. Cooperate with their peers
- 1. Enough blown up balloons for each student
- 2. Enough paddles for each student
- 3. Whiffle Balls
- 4. 3 folding gymnastics mats
- 1. Stiff wrist
- 2. Flat hand
- 3. Strike in the middle
- 4. Eyes on the balloon
Activity 1: Volleying with a balloon:
- Intro: Today we will be working on striking a moving object. To do this we are going to practice hitting balloons while trying to keep them in the air (Teacher D&D;).
- 1. Every student will retrieve a balloon and return to personal space.
- 2. Strike the balloons into the air while trying not to let the balloons hit the ground (cues: eyes on the balloon).
- 3. Now let’s see how many times you can strike the balloon without it hitting the ground (cues: eyes on the balloon)?
- 4. Now let’s try it with other body parts, like your leg (cues: eyes on the balloon).
- 5. Strike the balloon directly underneath with your open palm so it will go straight up in the air (cues: flat hand, stiff wrist, strike in the middle).
- 6. Now let’s try walking forward as you strike the balloon in front of you (cues: flat hand, stiff wrist, eyes on the balloon, strike in the middle).
- 7. Now everyone get a partner and try striking one balloon back and forth between you (cues: flat hand, stiff wrist, eyes on the balloon, strike in the middle).
Activity 2: Striking with paddles:
- Intro: Now we are going to make it a little harder by using paddles to strike the balloon (Teacher D&D;).
- 1. Every student will retrieve a paddle and return to personal space.
- 2. Use the paddle just like you used your palm of your hand to strike the balloon from underneath (cues: flat hand, stiff wrist, eyes on the balloon, strike in the middle).
- 3. Try not to strike the balloon to hard or it will be hard to control.
- 4. Keep the rackets flat so the balloon will go straight up (cues: flat hand, stiff wrist, eyes on the balloon, strike in the middle).
- 5. Now let’s try counting how many times you can keep the balloon into the air without it falling to the floor?
- 6. Let’s try walking slowly forward like we did before. Remembering to be careful and not bump into each other.
- 7. Now let’s try striking one balloon back and forth with your partner.
- You can also incorporate whiffle balls for the more advanced student.
- You can also add a penny into balloons which will make the balloon fall faster. The students love it.
- Intro: Now we are going to play balloon volleyball.
- 1. Each team has three hits to get it over the net (you can modify it by having every student strike the balloon before it goes over the net).
- 2. The balloon cannot touch the floor.
- 3. Team members may not touch the mat/net.
- 1. Divide the students into two teams (dividing students into four teams will increase the students’ activity time).
- 2. We are going to use mats as nets, and the teams will hit the balloon over the mat/net to the other team(s).
- 3. First we will use our hands, then we will use paddles.
- 4. You can decide if you want the students to keep track of their team’s points.
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