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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Pathway Dribble
Purpose of Activity:
To allow young children the opportunity to explore dribbling a ball with their feet
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Jump ropes or tape; balls (preferably slightly deflated balls so they don't lose control) to dribble with feet
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Set up the playing area with different length jump rope or tape pathways. Have the children get a ball and take the ball to the beginning of one of those pathways.

On the signal have the students use their feet to move their ball through the pathway using "soft touches" with their feet. Have them use both the inside and outside of their feet when they are dribbling.

Teaching Suggestions:

Tape jump ropes to the floor to help keep them in place.

Use arrows to guide the children.

To vary the task (for the higher skilled) you may want to have students work in partners. Have one partner dribble the ball forward a few times, then gently pass it to his or her teammate. Play continues back and forth.

The following activity is reprinted by permission from the publisher and is from Carol Totsky Hammett, 1992, Movement Activities for Early Childhood, Human Kinetics (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers), [page 12]. Reproduction of this material is forbidden without written permission of the publisher. To order the book or to seek permission, call Human Kinetics at 1-800-747-4457 or visit the HK web site:
Carol Totsky Hammett who teaches at St. Francis School in Bend , OR . Posted on PEC: 5/31/2001.
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