Subject: Gross Motor Development
1. Topic-
Balloon Toss
2. Content-
Balloon Toss
Learning the ability to throw and catch
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Students will be able to follow instructions and successfully be able to throw the balloon in the air without the balloon going outside of the outlined area.
2. Students will be able to successfully catch the balloon once they toss it in the air.
4. Objectives-
1. Given a balloon, the student will follow the directions given by the teacher to throw the balloon in the air, and not have to leave their designated area to catch it.
5. Materials and Aids-
- 1 Punching Balloon Ball per Student (Rubberbands on the end removed)
- Wide, Colorful tape to map out the designated area that the student will remain in.
- Measuring Tape
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Before going to the area where our activity will take place, I will introduce the activity to the students and give them the expectations that I have for them.

B. Development-

1.This activity will take place either outside or inside in a large open area. It will be difficult for the student to catch the ball if they do not throw the balloon directly into the air. The instructions they will be given on throwing the balloon into the air are:
-Hold the balloon straight in front of you with one hand on each side of the balloon.
-Lower the balloon below your waist so the balloon almost touches your knees.
- Raise both arms in the air and let go of the balloon as it passes your nose.
Timing of the release of the balloon is important and the student should attempt this several times, at first only throwing the balloon a few feet into the air until they are capable of throwing it directly above them.
2. Children should focus on the balloon coming back to them and wrap their hands around the balloon as it falls back down. The instructions that will be given for catching the balloon are:
- Throw the balloon straight up into the air.
- Watch the balloon as it begins to come down.
- When the balloon floats down in front of your nose, wrap both hands around the sides of the balloon.

C. Practice-

1. After the students are given the instructions, I will demonstrate for them how to complete the activity.
2. Once it is demonstrated, I will step-by-step walk them through the activity, making sure that they are following the instructions given.
3. Once students are able to throw the ball directly above them at just a few feet, they can then throw it higher to see if they can still focus on the balloon to come down and catch it.

D. Independent Practice-

1. Once students are capable of throwing and catching the ball in the space given, then they will be allowed to:
- Try bouncing the ball and try to catch it as it bounces up.
- Try to throw the balloon up very high, let it bounce then catch it.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

This activity is a great activity for those students who may also have special needs, since the balloon travels slowly through the air, children of all skill levels can still participate successfully.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. By watching the students ability to throw and catch the balloon, I will be able to asses if the students were able to complete the activity.

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