Students use balls to attack a moving target.
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This game can be played indoors or outdoors. Set up a goal at each end of the playing area. When playing with older students, the goal might be the size of a hockey goal net; for young students, the "goal line" might serve as the goal.
Arrange students into two teams. Place teams at opposite ends of the playing area; each team faces their goal at the opposite end of the playing area.
Place the cageball or barrel in the center of the playing area. Provide each player with a ball. On the command to "attack," players throw or roll their balls at the cageball/barrel. The idea is for students to use the force of the thrown balls to move the cageball into their goal (or over their goal-line). Once a ball is thrown, all players may go anywhere to retrieve another ball that has been thrown; it need not be the ball the child first threw. A point is scored each time a team gets the cageball/barrel into their goal area.
Observation: Did all students participate by throwing or retrieving balls? Were all students fully engaged in the activity?
In addition, you might ask students to talk about what their team might have done to be more successful.
Charles Milliren, Owen-Withee Elementary School in Owen, Wisconsin
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