Subject: Rhythmic Movement
Juggling Scarves
Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Master throwing 1 scarf from hand to hand.
2. Master throwing 2 scarfs from hand to hand.
3. Learn how to juggle the 3 scarfs, alternating hands.
4. Incorporate juggling two and three balls, and master this skill.
5. Be able to completely juggle 3 balls continuously for 20 throws.
1. Juggle the scarves
2. Juggle 2 and 3 balls
Materials and Aids-
3 different colored scarfs. Three juggling balls.

A. Introduction-

There are various benefits to juggling. Juggling is the ideal physical education activity because it targets various areas of a physical activity.
1. Juggling is a Psychomotor activity because juggling requires the use of hand-eye coordination. Juggling makes you focus on throwing, catching, and timing.
2. Cognitive development is also involved in juggling. To succeed in juggling students must understand the pattern, imagine and focus on a target for their throws, and comprehend the rhythmic cycling of the arms.
3. Juggling is also an effective way to teach students goal setting. Juggling is not something you want to learn and can do so in 1 day. It takes a lot of practice and repetition, so it will teach students mastery of something comes with time, patience, and practice.

B. Development-

1. Start by showing how juggling three scarves looks. Once that is completed break down the steps 1 by 1.
2. Start with 1 scarf and simply toss from one hand to the other.
3. Next, add a second scarf and demonstrate throwing them both up and catching in the opposite hand.
4. Add the third scarf and show students how to toss the scarves, alternating hands and catching them.
2. Students should be able to get the scarf juggling down relatively quickly. When they do, start to incorporate the two balls, and then the three when the students are comfortable with two.

C. Practice-

1. Throwing & Catching: Hold the scarf by the end, pull it up into the air and let go. Grab it to catch. Try to throw, clap your hands, and catch. How many times can you clap before you catch?
Put one hand behind your back, and throw and catch with just one hand.
2. Body Catches: Throw the scarf up and catch it on your head. Try other body parts (elbows, shoulders, stomach, back, foot, etc.).
3. Rainbow Throw: Hold both hands at waist level, with the scarf in one hand. Throw it up so it flies over to your other hand, and catch it. Throw it back to your first hand. It should go in a rainbow shape. Students will often hand the scarf back to their first hand. Encourage throwing with each hand in turn.
4. The X with two balls- Stand in a good ready position: feet about shoulder width apart, elbows in, palms up. Hold one ball in each hand. Throw the first ball up to a point about a foot above your head. When it reaches the top, throw the second ball so that it crosses the first one on the way up. The two throws make an X in the air. The balls are caught in the opposite hand when they come down.

D. Independent Practice-

At this point students should have mastered the throwing of the one scarf, so give them a second one to practice these activities:
1. The Number 11: Wave both scarves up and down in front of you, one at a time. What number does that draw? Wave them slowly. Now let go of them as you wave, one at a time. This makes your number 11 fly into the air. One hand throws, then the other.
2. The Circle: Hold one scarf in each hand. Throw one up, hand the other across, and catch. This makes the scarves go around in a circle. Throw, hand, catch. Have everyone freeze in mid-juggle and then change the direction of their circle. When students can make circles in both directions, have them do three circles clockwise and three counterclockwise, and repeat.
3. Students should then move onto the ball activities. Have them practice tossing the two balls in the x pattern. They should catch onto this quickly, when they do, incorporate a third ball to challenge them.
4. Continuous 3 ball juggling- Stand in a ready position, have two balls in one hand, and one in the other hand. You must start the throwing with the hand that has two balls. Throw the balls in the same X pattern as with the two balls, just include the third in the cycle.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Have students who seem to be struggling to work with a student who is excelling at the juggling. The help from a peer may help the struggling students confidence and give them a different teacher which is always a good change of pace.

F. Checking for understanding-

High school students should be able to get the hang of juggling the two balls quickly but for those who don't, check for understanding by having them toss the balls in the x shape and just have them get confident with that pattern.
Students that can juggle three should be challenged to do so. Most high school students should be able to juggle the three balls enough to have them challenge each other. They can get in groups and see who can juggle the longest without dropping a ball. The winners from each group can challenge each other, and ultimately find one winner. This is a good way to keep all students involved and engaged.

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