My central idea, lines of inquiry, and teachers questions for the Net Games unit in Grade 4 PYP PE is:
Central Idea: Using proper grip and stroke techniques are important keys to success in all net games.
An inquiry into:
*how to properly grip a paddle or racket
*the different types of strokes in net games
*the similarities and differences between the various strokes we play in net games
1. How do we properly grip a paddle or racket?
2. What are the different ways we can hit a ball/shuttlecock in net games?
3. How are the shots we play similar and different?
Formative Assessment Task
In today's class the grade 4 students worked on different types of tennis skills with and without a partner. All students had a racket and tennis ball and worked on 3 skills individually and 4 skills with a partner. They had to give themselves a 1-5 star rating depending on their performance while practicing each of the skills. 1 star was not so good and 5 stars would be an rating. The skills were as follows:
A) Individual tennis ball pop ups (popping ball up off the racket as many times as possible without letting it hit the floor
B) Individual floor bounces (popping ball up off racket, letting it hit the floor and then hitting it racket again repeating the same process as many times as possible
C) Off the Wall with One Bounce (hitting the ball against the wall, letting it bounce once on the floor and then hitting it again)
D) Tennis Ball Pop ups with Partner (same as A but with a partner taking turns hitting the ball)
E) Tennis Ball Floor Bounces with Partner (same as b but with a partner)
F) Off the Wall with a Partner (same as C but with a partner)
G) Over a Bench with a Partner (using benches placed along the gym floor, the students had to hit the ball over, with control, back and forth as many times as possible.
In the assessment task, they had to include a comment for each practiced skill and answer 2 final questions related to what they did well and what they didn't do so well. Please see example assessment tasks below.
A few weeks ago I collaborated with the grade 3 teachers to come up with a genuine maths link that could be applied to some fun activities in PE. The students were studying body benchmarks in maths and making estimations. I created a worksheet for the kids to record data on that could then be brought back and discussed in their maths class. The students were put on teams and had to work together to measure how many body parts it took to cross different areas of the gym (see previous blog in September). I forgot to post example work, so here it is!! The class went very well, the kids had a lot of fun, and they got to really put their maths thinking skills to the test. Please see example work below.
As with Striking & Fielding Games, I started a new unit in Net Games with the grade 2 students last week. The students did a pre-assessment task aimed at assessing their basic skills in ping pong and tennis. The drills were about how well they could control the ball with either a paddle or racket. See example work below.
A couple of days ago, I explained what the pre-assessment task was and the stations the students were rotating through. Also included was what the assessment sheet looked like. I am happy to say that the class went very well and was a great start to our unit in Striking & Fielding. Please see student work below. If you are interested in trying out this assessment, let me know and I will send it to you.
The new unit in grade 4 is Striking and Fielding Games. To do a general pre-assessment of where each student is at, they will rotate through 5 stations with a partner. They will take turns at striking and fielding at 4 of the stations. The 5th station will involve throwing and fielding. Each student will have their own assessment sheet and at the conclusion of each station,m they will assess themselves at striking and fielding. I have kept striking very general and despite the fact that tennis and ping pong are not officially "Striking" games, I will still have the students work on using mini-tennis rackets and bigger sized ping pong paddles. I feel strongly that hand and eye coordination is still a focus regardless of apparatus being used in this case.
To help the ESL students, I always include images on my rubrics. For today's class, I have opted to take pictures of the equipment being used at each station to avoid any confusion. See assessment task below. Once completed I will scan and upload examples of the finished assessment task which will also include a photo of the students in action. Fingers crossed!! I hope this lesson works out as intended!
As the grade 2 class is moving into a new unit on Net Games, I am having all the students complete this pre-assessment task this week. Essentially, the students will rotate through 4 stations working on skills related to ping pong or tennis. The stations are as follows:
A) Ping Pong Pop Ups: Students must bounce the ball off the paddle as many times as they can without having it hit the floor
B) Ping Pong Floor Bounces: Students must bounce the ball off their paddle, let it hit the floor only once, then hit it up again with their paddle
C) Tennis Ball Pop Ups: Same as A) but with a tennis racket
D) Tennis Ball Floor Bounces: Same as B) but with a tennis racket
They will count how many times they can do it and record their results on the assessment sheet below. Eventually, we will be working maths integration into this unit.
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I recently had to put together a presentation for our staff aimed at showing how I teach PYP PE. The model that I created has been a work in progress, but does work well for me. I am certainly not saying it is the best model out there, but it definitely keeps me motivated and hopefully the students as well. Click on quick time movie to view. If you cannot open it, let me know. Thanks.