Clipboard with pencil and task sheets per 3 students
4 Tennis balls per 3 students
6-8 Foam Playground Balls for Pass and Squat Relay
Music and signs for Partner Racetrack Fitness
The student will:
Participate in Red Light, Bean Bag Catch, and Partner Racetrack Fitness to improve agility, eye-hand coordination, and fitness.
Demonstrate the backhand stroke using form demonstrated by the instructor.
Demonstrate the forehand stroke and backhand stokes on the court while rallying with a partner and completing the Task Sheet.
Demonstrate cooperative skills and focus while Pass and Squat Relay using rules explained by the instructor.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1 – 5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Red Light Each student balances a beanbag or a tennis ball on his or her racquet. On “Green Light” students move in general space around other people. On “Red Light” each student stops without dropping object off racquet.
Bean Bag Catch Toss bean bag/ball to partner 3 times in a row. The partner must catch it on the face of their racquet. If successful, they take a large step away from their partner. Repeat.
The goal here is to learn to handle the racquet. Start with a beanbag because it is quite easy. Then progress to a tennis ball.
Play “racquet to racquet” or toe-to-toe to make pairs. A win is declared when they both take three steps. Start over when each partner has taken three steps.
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)
Forehand and Backhand Stroke Using Reciprocal Task Sheets Use Task Sheets 2 and 3 in groups of three. Have students rotate roles on their own (Doer, Tosser and Observer). Since there are many points in the task sheets, ask students to focus on 1 or 2 points at a time. That also makes it easier for the observer to assess.
Rally in groups when complete Task Sheets.
Create groups of 3. Direct students to pick up a Clipboard and Pencil with 3 Forehand and Backhand Task Sheets, 1 racquet and 4 balls per group. I
One player (number 1) with a ball stands behind a line 10 feet in front of his teammates, who are in lane formation. Number 1 passes the ball to number 2, who returns the ball to number 1. As soon as he has returned the ball to number 1, number 2 squats down so that the throw can be made to number 3, and so on, down the file. When the last person in line receives the ball, she does not return it but carries it forward, straddling the members of her team, including number 1, who has taken a place at the head of the file. The player carrying the ball forward then acts as the passer. The race is over when the original number 1 player receives the ball in the back position and straddles the players to return to his original position.
Some care must be taken that the front player in the file is behind the team line as the passing starts. After the straddling, repositioning the file is necessary. Each player should form a compact ball during the straddling activity. This is an interesting relay, but some practice is needed for it to function properly.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
What were the main points to remember in the forehand ground stroke? How do you quickly switch from a forehand to a backhand?