Subject: Rhythmic Movement
1. Topic-
Cup Stacking/Sport Stacking
2. Content-
Cup- A specially designed cup made specifically for sport stacking, approved by the WSSA and used in a sport stacking competition or event. The
"lip" of the cup is at the open end, while the "rim
" of the cup is at the opposite closed end.
The "step" (or ledge) of the cup is near the rim.

Stack- An individual group of cups either up stacked or
down stacked such as a 3 stack, 6 stack or 10 stack; or A specific stacking sequence, or pattern, involving a combination of individual stacks (e.g. 3-3-3
stack, 3-6-3 stack, and Cycle stack).

Stacker- A competitor participating in a sport stacking competition or event.

Up stack- Stacking the cups "up" into pyramids.
The "up stacking phase"
begins once the Stacker
starts the Timer or starts up stacking the first stack in the sequence.

Down stack- "un-stacking" or putting cups "down" into nested columns. The "down stacking phase" begins once the
Stacker starts down stacking the first stack in the sequence. All stackers must
use both hands to begin
down stacking the first stack
in any sequence before beginning to down stack the second stack, and must use both
hands to begin down stacking the second stack before beginning to down stack the third stack. The third stack may be down stacked with one hand.

Fumble- The term used when cups fall during the process of
up stacking or down stacking.

3-3-3: Cups are "up stacked" and "down stacked" from left to right or right to left (individual preference) in three stacks made up of three cups in each stack (3-3-3).
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Master the basic terms, content, and rules of cup stacking.
2. Be able to finish the 3-3-3 stack with properly up-stacking, going back to the start, down-stacking, without fumbling the cups, all while following the rules.
Materials and Aids-
Official cup stacking cups, provided by the instructor.

A. Introduction-

1. Demonstrate the 3-3-3 stack one time completely through.
2. Break down how to do each step of the 3-3-3 from start to finish, including both up-stacking and down-stacking. Be sure to include the proper way of stacking the cups by taking one off with the right hand, putting it on the table, then the left on top of the two on the table.
3. Make sure students know when a fumble occurs that they must fix that fumble before moving on to the next stack of cups.

B. Development-

1. Give each student a set of three cups and have them practice up-stacking the cups the proper way. Right lifted up, placed on table, then left stacked on top of the two.
2. Once the up-stack of the 3 cups is mastered, have the students practice down-stacking their set of 3 cups. They do this by taking the top cup down to the right on top of the bottom cup. Then take the left hand and stack the other cup on the other two that were down stacked by the right hand.
3. Put these two steps together by having the students up-stack, and then down-stack the set of 3 cups.
4. Next, give the students a set of 9 cups and have them put all the steps together, still properly up and down stacking.

C. Practice-

1. At their own pace, have the students practice up-stacking the 3-3-3, then down-stacking with the proper technique, trying to challenge themselves and slowly make progress in their speed as they feel comfortable.

D. Independent Practice-

When students feel comfortable, have them compete against other students to see who can complete the 3-3-3 the fastest, while using proper technique.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Have the students who excel at the 3-3-3 help the students who are struggling. Having students scaffold each other will benefit both students by helping the more advanced students better their skills, while the students who are struggling can get help from one of their peers rather than a teacher.
To test the students, have them perform the 3-3-3 with proper up-stacking and down-stacking techniques. Time should not be kept in order to determine mastery of cup stacking.

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