Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lab 5.. Hang on to that Ball!

Application and Assessments:
1. Facts about Turtles: 
* The first known turtles existed 200 million years ago.
* There are approximately 300 species of turtles.
* Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.
*  Turtles are cold-blooded.  One way they regulate their temperature is by basking.
* Aquatic turtles have streamlined shells to help them move through the water. They also have webbing between their toes.
*  Aquatic turtles must be in water to eat.
* Tortoises only go to water to drink.  They do not swim.
*  Some tortoises can dig burrows 45 feet long.
*  Many turtles are expert climbers.

2. Some of the fitness components that were addressed in squad square fitness involved working on ski jumps, hand walks, step-ups and curl ups. During these activities, we focused on agility, speed and reaction time. Being able to have quick feet and and being synchronized with the group made it somewhat challenging. Also keeping the rhythm with the song was a little challenging. I feel that these fitness components are part of physical education because I believe that a students ability to increase their cardiovascular endurance is great for their health and to stay active. 
3. If there was a second grade student that was afraid of catching a ball, I would start by introducing a game that doesn't involve the student to physically catch the ball. I would have the student bounce the ball and make circles around it. I would then test the student to see how many times they can get around the ball until it stops bouncing. If the child feels more comfortable, I would then instruct the student to throw the ball up and catch it to himself. If successful, the student may be ready for a partner to throw it to them and catch it. I will use objects that are soft and easy to catch or throw such as a gator ball. 
4. When pairing students for throwing and catching, I would assess each students abilities to perform the skills. I would then partner the student that can perform the skill well with a student that still need help on the skill. This will then give the student the opportunity to practice with someone that knows the technique and could help out. The student could then provide feedback for the student struggling. 
5. For a student with special needs, I would teach the student to catch from a different approach. I would first ask the student to work on clapping. I would then have the student use a ball that is big enough so it will make it easier for the student. Then I would demonstrate how to incorporate their arms and hands into catching the ball. I would instruct the student to open and close their hands when appropriate. Using various cues for teaching this cue can really benefit the student in performing the task. 

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