They could choose any targets they wanted, short, medium or long distances. What were these targets? I actually had them select different shapes made by intersecting and paralell lines on the gym floor. Badiminton court lines (single and doubles), volleyball court lines, and basketball court lines. When you look at all of these lines, lots of different shapes are formed; small and large squares and rectangles, circles, semi-circles, and other odd-shapes. Any shape that they selected served as targets. It was a very differentiated way to introduce target games as they could select any shape they wanted. If they wanted a close, big target no problem! If they wanted a far, small target, again no problem.
During the class, we paused several times to discuss what they already knew about target games. I recorded their initial thoughts on a poster-sized piece of paper that was stuck to the wall ahead of time. I also recorded what they need to know in Target Games. Their answers, in general, aligned with what the student learning outcomes for the Target Games unit are. Next class, I will introduce these learning outcomes to the students and set them off designing ways to improve upon their aim and accuracy and methods of delivery. I hope that it will be a rewarding unit for them. Fingers crossed!!