Topic
Enduring Understandings
Essential Questions
Performance Assessment
Proper body alignment: when attempting to balance, joints should be aligned straight above base of support, ie., shoulders over hands, hips over knees.
Balance
Base of support
Center of gravity
Partner balances
Group balances/pyramids
Notes for balance:
Each part of the base of support receives weight.
Muscle tension is firm.
Center of gravity is aligned over base of support.
Balance is gained with control.
Free body parts (those not bearing any weight) can be placed for aesthetic value.
Balancing exercises teach students to maintain stillness in a safe and controlled manner. Students must also control and tighten muscles properly to sustain balance.
Concepts of counterbalance and countertension.
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Teamwork Triangle
Being a good teammate
Working in a partnership with your teammates
Postitioning
Game strategy
Sharing space
Sharing "the work"
Perceptual Motor Development - reading the environment and self through the senses
Strong bases build better structures.
Proper alignment of weight bearing points makes holding a balance possible.
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Fulfilling your role on a team means responsibly being where you should be.
Each teammate on a team has a job to do.
A team is made up of individual players who must operate in a cooperative way in order to reach its optimum performance level.
Why is balance important in daily life?
How can balance be maintained between a support partner and a top partner?
How does alignment effect the outcome of a balance?
How can a person support the weight of another person to form an interesting shape?
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What does good teamwork look like?
How is being a good teammate mean more than just a social aspect such as positive comments, encouragement, and cooperating?
How does where I move in a game affect my teammates?
Analyze video clips of students forming individual, partner, and group balances.









Notes for Perceptual Motor Development: Perceptual motor develoment includes body image; body awareness; body coordination; body and space relationships; motor planning; spatial awareness (estimation) ; pattern recognition; directionality (recognition of directional relationships such as up, down, above, below, next to, etc.) ; perceiving accurately under stress; eye/hand and eye/foot coordination
Focus, attention span, concentration, and perseverance are also Life Skills being worked on.
Self-control - realizing that one must function as a group to solve this continuous problem; functioning as a group; compromise; sharing a common task

Probably few people realize the important role perceptual motor development plays in every daily act we perform. We tend to take these complex abilities for granted and attribute them to luck or innate ability. Our world consists of movement and how to safely and productively move in relation to other things moving around us. The perceptual motor process involves perceiving through a sensory system, integrating and interpreting the perceived information, motor planning, responding, evaluating based on feedback, and storing. Perceptual motor development is based upon maturation and numerous rich environmental experiences. Because of the latter, it is possible to affect the degree of development and increase perceptual motor abilities to help prevent serious injuries and heigten the joys that accompany moving well and knowing where to go.

Interactive Challenges - an engineered plan that allows paarticipants, who vary in abilitities, to interact and reciprocally contribute to each other's growth process.

Lesson 1:
1. Present to whole class. Introduce spacing that goes along with moving and being a good teammate.
2. Show/project screencast of movement in space - relationship to other teammates. Show several examples.
3. Groups of three physically practice in gym space.
a. with cones
b. without cones
c. moving up and down the court
d. stationary passing of object
e. moving up and down court passing object all while keeping Teamwork Triangle intact.

Lesson 2:
1. Review with whole class the above concepts.
2. Show computer use of screen casting.
3. Do stations of above movements including one station of computers.
4. Computer station:
a. I stay at that station.
b. Students work in pairs or threes.
c. Students analyze a screen cast.
d. Students record their responses during a screencast
e. Save each recording on file.
f. Present each recording to class.

Follow up:
1. Write or type answers to essential question.
2. Play team games ("Rugrats"), incorporating the concepts of teamwork, spacing, reacting to your teammates' movements.
3. Videotape the games.
4. Play the video clips of the movements.

FOUR UP - Four players begin standing. The challenge is to keep four players standing at all times, but no one player can remain standing for more than 30 seconds. This means that the group will have to observe how many are up and continue to maintain four standing. This game is played in silence which increases the challenge and the focus. MODIFICATIONS: The numbe standing could be the answer toa math problem, such as how many fourths in a whole? The answer must be continuous with different student standing until the next problem is announced. Remind children of silence shallenge. This might be a great opportunity to review.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:
robust lesson NOT "more engaging"
Technology should aid in deeper understanding of content - not use of technology.
Technology not for the sake of technology.
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Eye Hand Coordination
Coordination helps you throughout your lifetime with completing daily tasks
efficiently.