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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Juggle Time
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Materials Needed:
Juggling scarves; bean bags; plastic grocery bags; yarn balls; tennis balls; tape/CD player; music of your choice
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Before students arrive at class set out all of the equipment mentioned above in the "equipment" section. We suggest you put them in hula hoops outside of the playing area. Best to put in hula hoops so students can see the choices of equipment they have.

When students arrive at playing area tell them that they can choose whatever equipment they want to juggle with. Instruct them that juggling does not have to be done with 3 pieces of equipment. They are free to use two pieces but it is best to choose like pieces of equipment to juggle with (i.e., two grocery bags as opposed to a scarf and a tennis ball).

On the teachers signal they are to walk and choose their equipment, find a good self space in the playing area, and start practicing their juggling skills. Please inform them that it doesn't matter your skill level, we are just practicing for now. If some have experience they may want to try the yarn or tennis, otherwise choose the grocery bags or the scarves. Put on some quiet music (upbeat music usually doesn't work in this case) while they practice.

Teaching Suggestions:

After checking to make sure they are following instructions move around the area looking to see their skill level.

You need not have done juggling before for this activity to work--you are just seeing where they are at.

Use teaching by invitation to allow them to choose another piece of equipment if they want. For example: "Freeze. When I say go if you are finding this piece of equipment pretty easy to juggle then choose another piece that may challenge you."

Do not allow students to run in this environment due to the large amounts of equipment around the area.

Don't worry about your own juggling skills. This will be a nice time for you to learn through some of the students. It is a nice skill to learn together.
Mark Manross in Blacksburg , VA . Posted on PEC: 3/12/2001.
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