Curriculum and NYS Standards
The kindergarteners today were finishing up with our basketball unit, and while they have greatly improved their skills over the past few weeks, there is still a long way to go. Most have grasped the physical aspect of the game, but today we worked on the mental side. We did partner activities as a way to build affective skills amongst the students. The first activity after the warm up was partner shooting, where each time a group was called one of the partners would run out dribbling to the short basket in the middle and see how many times they could get their colored ball into the basket. While they were doing this the other partners were counting the number of baskets made in the allotted time. This kept both members involved and created a sense of cohesion amongst the students.
The group was then split up into groups of 4 with 4 areas already set up around the gym with a trash can filled with basketballs in each area. The game was squirrels and nuts, and the object of the game was to have the first student in line run to another groups “nest” and steal a nut, dribbling it back to their nest and putting it in the can. When they returned the next squirrel could run to any nest and so on. This game, while simple, created such a great sense of community amongst the students and many other good attributes. The teacher even commented about the standards and how we are meeting them to some of the students. I thought that it was great that the teacher was informing the students why we do what we do and how it benefits them.