Participate in the Marking to improve agility, eye-hand coordination, and warm-up the body.
Participate in Partner Racetrack Fitness during the fitness section of class to improve strength, agility, flexibility, aerobic and muscular endurance levels.
Demonstrate the tennis ground strokes using form demonstrated by the instructor and following the items on the task sheet.
Demonstrate the serve on the court using the task sheet and form demonstrated by the instructor.
Demonstrate cooperative skills, running and agility and tennis skills while playing Alley Rally.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Students find a partner. Under control, one partner runs, dodges, and tries to lose the other, who must stay within 3 feet of the runner. On signal, both stop and freeze. Chasers must be able to touch their partners to say that they have marked them. Partners then change roles.
Allow a point to be scored only when they touch a specified body part (i.e., knee, elbow, left hand).
Clarify it is not a tag game but rather shadowing your partner. Allow one giant step in any direction to see if they can “mark” their partner.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Partner Racetrack Fitness
Students begin work with a partner at one of five or six stations in the gym or on a field outside. The stations are arranged in a circle or rectangle around the area. Each station has a sign with five or six exercises or stretches to perform. On the start signal, one partner begins the first exercise or stretch on the card, while the other partner jogs around the perimeter of the stations. After the jogging partner returns, the partners switch roles and move down the list of activities on the cards.
Assign partners to a station to begin.
The teacher can change the locomotor movement for the students going around the cones. For example, in addition to jogging, students can do carioca steps, slide, run backward, skip, or hurdle around the stations. The signs at the stations might include stretches, jumping jacks, crab kicks, treadmills, sit-ups, push-ups, body twists, and other variations. Continuous music can be used to motivate students. Stability balls and medicine balls can be added to the racetrack stations.
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Review of Forehand, Backhand and Serve
Place the class in groups of 3 and use Reciprocal Task Sheets #4 and #5 to review and focus on ground strokes and serve.
Create groups of 3 using Whistle Mixer.
Assign 2 groups per court.
Determine first doer, tosser and observer.
Rotation: Assign each group to pick up a clipboard and pencil plus task sheets for each person.