Classroom Applications: Motor Development

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Essential Questions: 

*How do I control my body?
*How do I control a ball?

Habits Of Mind: 



This unit is taught throughout the course of the year.
Fundamental movement patterns
Basic body and manipulative control: Ball handling
*Collecting the ball (gaining possession)
*Directional pattern extensions (e.g. near to, far from, up and down)
*Prediction of distances and directions balls travel
*Movement vocabulary (e.g. rolling, trapping)
*Games and activities: dribbling a ball through a maze, dribbling and trapping experiences, Pin Soccer Ball (offensive and defensive play)
*Actions of body parts: apply and receive force
*Effects on ball control: weight, speed, space (location: high, medium and low, personal and general space)
*Models of ball handling
*Exploration of where and how objects move in space
*Traveling and working in individual space
*Skills for throwing, catching, kicking, dribbling and trapping a ball with the feet
*Independent skill development
*Skills for catching a ball: Toss and Catch, catching with a partner
*Skills for achieving more distance in overhand throwing
*Transformation of weight when throwing overhand
*Skills for passing a ball: inside & outside foot skills, stopping and trapping the ball, partner and group passing
*Skills for overhand throwing: practice with a small ball
*Skill at ball retrieval and alignment of body
*Skills for dribbling and bouncing balls, traveling while in possession of the ball
*Skills for control of kicking a ball
*Kindergarten Olympics:
Activities:Running Long Jump, High Jump, Basketball, Peanut Carry, Frisbee Carry, Suitcase Dress-up, Balloon Toss, Track Lap Run, Hurdles, Bean Bag Toss, Obstacle Course, Balance Beam
History of the Olympics
Sportsmanship (winning and losing)
Training Principles - coaching buddies

Skills and Processes: 

*Develop a feeling for handling balls and objects through exploration
*Manipulate objects in a variety of ways including grasping and holding a ball, placing a ball in different positions, rearranging small equipment and apparatus, and sending balls away
*Kicking a stationary or rolling ball with either foot
*Control path of a ball by making the kicking leg swing out to the sender or target
*Learn to look at the back of the ball in order to make the instep of the foot contact the ball
*Control the path of a ball
*Demonstrate basic mechanics of kicking
*Explore spatial relationships of the ball to objects in the environment: how balls roll and where balls are in space
*Verbalize the movements they make with balls
*Demonstrate increasing skill in eye/hand coordination
*Describe where objects are located in space
*Demonstrate skills of listening and looking to expand ideas for manipulating objects
*Rolling and throwing, catching and collecting
*Dribbling the ball by pushing with insides and outsides of feet
*Trapping a rolling ball
*Reduce reliance on cradling the ball
*Traveling to catch a ball
*Demonstrate fuller ranges of movements
*Track a slow rolling ball with eyes
*Collect the ball with two hands
*Roll the ball on different body parts (passing the ball around the middle or the knee)
*Demonstrate a variety of ways of moving the ball
*Bouncing and collecting balls
*Traveling with the ball
*Kicking, striking and throwing balls
*Gaining more distance and power in overhand throw
*Demonstrate proper transfer of weight when throwing
*Demonstrate skill at dodging
*Bouncing/dribbling ball with one and two hands
*Demonstrate the difference between dribbling and bouncing
*Show regard for spacing between classmates -
*Listening and following cues for stopping
*Stay in self restricted areas when working in own spaces
*Respond appropriately when asked to move about the room
*Participate in Kindergarten Olympics


*Observation of individuals when exploring ball movement
*Use of movement vocabulary
*Cooperation with peers
*Assessment of students affective behaviors (e.g. listening, independent work, taking turns, following teacher guidelines)
*Evaluation of students' ability to apply appropriate concepts to performance (e.g. change direction while running)
*Evaluation of students' ability to select proper body parts, skills, and movement concepts
*Students' ability to respond to cues (both visual and oral)
*Student sportsmanship and participation in Kindergarten Olympics

Multicultural Dimension: 

Olympics - countries from around the world
History of Olympics