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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Hula Hoop Dribbling
Previous introduction to basic dribbling cues (e.g., fingerpads; keep it waist high) and ability to dribble while moving.
Purpose of Activity:
To allow students to practice and improve their ability to consistently dribble a ball, using cues previously introduced.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
One large hula hoop; one short jump rope; and one bounce-able ball per partner group;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

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First review the cues you have previously introduced to students (for
example, "use your fingerpads" and "keep it waist high"). Then, demonstrate
the activity with a student as follows.

First, loop the jump rope around the hula hoop. Have the student be the
"Coach" first. The coach's job is to slowly start to pull the
hoop along the floor while you dribble the ball in the hula hoop. The
Coach can increase the speed only when you (the dribbler) asks, "a
little faster please". The coach can move the hoop in any pathway
(curves, zig-zags, straights, etc). Remind coaches to look where they are
going. Partners change roles every minute, to allow all students
equal time to improve their skills.

Either group, or allow students to choose, partners of similar ability.
Reminding them once again of the cues to focus on, begin the activity.

Assessment Ideas:

Since half the class is dribbling, assessment of skill levels is
easier. Observe to see which students are able to consistently use the cues
while they are dribbling.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Students in wheelchairs can tie the rope to their chair and move it
backwards while "coaching". When it is their turn to dribble the hoop
should be pulled along side the chair.
Mike Graham who teaches at Lincoln Elementary School in Wausau, WI. Posted on PEC: 6/7/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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