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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Space Invaders
Various passing techniques. i.e. bounce pass, chest pass, overhand throw, underhand throw.
Purpose of Activity:
Students will be able to identify and successfully pass a ball to a student who is open to receive a pass. Activity cues: Basketball Bounce Pass, Basketball Chest Pass, Underhand Throw, Overhand Throw
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
For each group: 3 balls capable of being safely passed and caught; 5-6 hula hoops or personal space markers;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students are spread throughout the gymnasium in groups of 6-8 students.
In each group, three fourths (6 of 8) of the students will be standing inside hula hoops which represent personal space and one fourth of the students will be standing in general space (around/among/in between the students with the hula hoops). Each group will be given 3 balls. The balls will be given to the students who are standing in the hula hoops.

Students that are in the hula hoops are in personal space. Their objective is to complete passes to students that are open (in other hoops) and stay in their hoop as long as possible.

Students that are outside the hula hoops are in general space. Their objective is to tag (gently) a student inside a hula-hoop while the student in the hula-hoop is in possession of a ball.

If a student in general space tags a student in a hula hoop, the students switch roles.

The student who was previously in the hoop must try to tag a student inside another hula-hoop.

In order for students to stay in a hula hoop they must successfully pass the ball to a student in another hula-hoop who is open (does not have a ball) before being tagged.

If students make a bad pass (not capable of being caught by another student in a hula hoop) the student in general space retrieves the ball and takes the place of the student in the hula-hoop who threw the unreachable pass.

If the receiving student touches the pass but does not catch it, they may leave their hoop, retrieve the ball and return to their hoop to resume the game.

Assessment Ideas:

Use the cue checklist to observe the critical elements of each type of pass.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Use different types of balls (foam, gator skin, beach balls), only allow space invaders to use slower forms of locomotor movements.
Brian Rupp who teaches at Sporting Hill Elementary School in Mechanicsburg, PA. Posted on PEC: 3/6/2005.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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