Participate in Vanishing Beanbags demonstrating agility, and following the instructions described by the instructor.
Participate in an Aerobic Workout to improve aerobic capacity, strength, endurance, and flexibility during the Fitness section of class.
Demonstrate throwing and catching a Frisbee as demonstrated by the instructor.
Participate in Frisbee One Step as presented by the instructor during the closing portion of class.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Every student has a beanbag they use to practice tossing and catching without moving their feet. The purpose is to teach quality tosses. On signal, they drop their beanbag and start jogging around the area. While they are moving, take away a couple of bean bags after each episode. The goal is not to be left without a beanbag.
Encourage moving under control. Avoid racing for a beanbag and reward cooperative behavior.
The goal is warm-up activity so reinforce those students who are moving over and around multiple beanbags throughout the area.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
The following aerobic movements are suggestions only. When youngsters begin to fatigue, stop the aerobic movements, and do some flexibility and strength development activities. This allows students time to recover aerobically.
Lunges (right, left, forward) with single-arm circles (on the side lunges) and double-arms circles (on the forward lunge)
Rhythmic trunk twists
Directional run (forward, backward, side, turning)
Rock side to side with clap
Side leg raises (alternate legs)
Rhythmic 4-count push-ups (If these are too difficult for students, substitute single-arm circles in the push-up position.)
Use music to stimulate effort. Any combination of movements can be used.
Keep the steps simple and easy to perform. Some students will become frustrated if the learning curve is steep.
Signs that list the aerobic activities will help students remember performance cues.
Don’t stress or expect perfection. Allow students to perform the activities as best they can.
Alternate bouncing and running movements with flexibility and strength development movements.
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Frisbee Throwing and Catching Introduce and practice throwing and catching skills
Backhand Throw The thumb is on the top of the disc, and the fingers are under the rim. The index finger can also be placed on the outside lip of the disc. Coil the wrist and arm across the chest. Step forward and release the disc (keeping it level) with a snap of the wrist.
Backhand (Across-the-Chest) Curves Use the same technique as the straight backhand but release the disc at an angle, with the lower side being the desired direction. Throw curves both left and right by tilting the disc.
Sandwich Catch Catch the disc with one hand on top, the other on the bottom, and the disc in the middle. Alternate hands from top to bottom on different occasions.
C-Catch Make a C with the thumb and fingers. Watch the disc into the C and close the fingers on the disc. Throws below the waist should have the thumb up, and those above the waist should have the thumb down.
Frisbee Throwing and Catching Guided Discovery Task Sheet
The task sheet follows this page.
Use the following instructional cues to improve skill performance:
a. Release the disk parallel to the ground. If it is tilted, a curved throw results.
b. Step toward the target and follow through on release of the disk.
c. Snap open the wrist and make the Frisbee spin.
Focus on the quality of the throw and catch rather than accuracy. Students will often want to throw as hard as possible which doesn’t work well with learning Frisbee skills.
If space is limited, all Frisbees should be thrown in the same direction. Students can line up on either side of the area and throw across to each other.
Distribute the Frisbee Throwing and Catching Guided Discovery Task Sheet. The sheet follows this page. Give one task sheet per two students. Allow students to practice the activities listed on the task sheet. Do not distribute the answers on the same sheet. Review the answers upon completion or post an answer sheet.
Partners begin about 10 feet apart. Partner A tosses to partner B, who catches the Frisbee. If the Frisbee is caught, both partners can take one step away from each other. This is repeated each time the Frisbee is caught. If the Frisbee is not caught, the players must go back to the original distance and start over. The catch must be made regardless of the quality of the throw. Both players return to the start point.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
Discuss the successes and difficulties with passing and catching the Frisbee. Explore how Frisbee One-Step is a game of integrity among players.
Cheer: 2, 4, 6, 8, Playing Frisbee is really great!