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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Shadow Dribble Tag
The students should have practiced and achieved competence in the skills of dribbling and controlling the ball in their own space and while moving through space in different directions, on different pathways, and when changing directions quickly.
Purpose of Activity:
To teach students to move quickly while keeping their basketball under control, focusing on the cues of "looking up" and "quick changes".
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
One basketball for every student; drum; whistle; or other signal;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

You'll need to perform this activity outside on a sunny day so that shadows will be created.

First explain the activity as follows and review the cues needed to be successful in the activity:

Each student has one partner and one ball. While dribbling, one student tries to step on their partner's shadow while the other tries to move quickly in order to keep their partner off of their shadow. Students can switch after their shadow is stepped upon, or, you can designate that students switch only when you give the signal. Have students focusing on looking up at each other helps keep the game from turning into a game of chase.

After a few minutes, you may wish to pinpoint a few groups to show others how they are using the cues in order to be successful. You may also wish to discuss how changing one's level and using movements such as twisting can help one's shadow avoiding being caught.

Assessment Ideas:

Observe students and rate their ability according to the following rubric:

1: looks down at ball, moves slowly
2: looks up from ball occasionally, makes some quick movements
3: always looking up at partner, moving quickly all of the time
Jeanne Bastasch who teaches at Harry Spence Elementary School in La Crosse , WI . Posted on PEC: 3/17/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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