Grade 2  Net Games
Central Idea:

Feedback helps us to improve our skills and coordination
Learner Outcomes:

Interactions:

Value interacting, playing and learning with others

Understand the impact of their actions on each other and the environment


Identity:

Recognise others' perspectives and accommodate these to shape a broader view of the world

Lesson 1: PreAssessment / Tuning In:

Net Games can fall under Individual Pursuits but I like to keep it as its own entity since there is a lot you can do with this unit. It combines well with the transdisciplinary skills of Thinking (Analysis, Synthesis), Research (Collecting Data, Recording Data), SelfManagement (Gross Motor Skills) to name a few.

Due to the limitations of the facilities available, I decided to only focus on two sports for this unit: Tennis and Volleyball. I conducted a preassessment of 2 different skills from the two sports:

Tennis PopUps

Tennis Floor Bounces

Volleyball Bumps

Volleyball Sets


The students got 3 minutes at each station to get as many successful shots as possible in a row. If they drop the ball or lose control of it then they have to start from zero. At the end of each rotation, they record their results on their iPads.

Since this unit fell close to the end of the year, the students have had some experience with word processing using Pages. In order to prepare them for grade 3 where they will need to start tabulating results, I introduced them to the Table feature on Pages. However, initially I just gave the students the information for the headers: the 4 skills and their best results. I wanted to see if they could inquire into the best way to arrange their data. Towards the end of the lesson I would introduce them to the table features on Pages.

I split the activity area into 4 stations, 1 for each skill. After each rotation, the students went to their iPads to record their results. Afterwards, they went to the next station. I gave minimal information at the start of the preassessment – just how to classify a successful contact with the ball, etc. It needed to be a raw attempt for their preassessment.

At the end of activity, the students gathered around to share their results. I connected my iPad to a projector and showed them what my table looked like using Pages. Without giving much information, I allowed them to experiment with the Table features. If they did not finish by the end of the lesson that was their homework. We reviewed the tables again next lesson.
Lesson 2:

After our warmup (jogging a couple laps of the field as a team), I gathered the students around to discuss our central idea. Now to be quite honest, I do not like this Central Idea very much as it locks itself in to only being applicable to Net Games. Refer to 'Creating a Central Idea' in the Valuable Resources page. However, I only realized this after handing in everything to my coordinator. But it will be changed for the next school year.

As you may already know I thoroughly enjoy studentcentered learning. It teaches students to be independent and plus it leaves me free to wander around and give personalized attention to those that need it most. For the next 5 lessons, we will focus on Volleyball and I will use progressions for most of this unit.

I wrote the progressions on the board and the kids partner up and follow the whiteboard. Once they complete a level, they demonstrate to me what they did and I can approve them to go to the next level. Progressions for today were:

Bump and catch

Bump, bump and catch

Bump, bump, bump and catch

Bump, bump, bump, bump and catch

NB: Bump is the dig for those questioning what ‘bump’ means.

After 10 minutes I gathered the kids around to give some pointers on the bump/dig:

Hands out and together

Knuckles point to the ground

Arms straight out in front like a dinner table

Bend the knees

When the ball touches your arms bend your knees and push from the ground

Arms stay straight


I found the dinner table comment worked quite well. ‘We do not want our food on the floor do we?” “That is why we keep the table flat!” Worked a charm.

As the kids were practicing together, I called each pair up and looked at their data tables on their iPads. This is where I started using the keyword of ‘feedback’ for the unit. “Can I give you some feedback on this?” I gave a few comments and they went back to their volleyball practice.

With about 10 minutes left of the lesson I gathered the kids around and discussed the data tables as a class. A few kids got it straight away and I encouraged them to help me to help the others. “Can you please give the other students your feedback please?”
Lesson 3:

We broke down the central idea a little bit further today and discussed how feedback can apply outside of PE. Making the students realize that the ideas and skills they are exposed to in PE can be applied to other parts of their lives is extremely important. It is imperative that we all make this explicit. In this unit alone students can use the concept of feedback, data tabulation, breaking down a skill (analysis), putting a skill together (synthesis), communicating ideas, sharing their perspective, etc. PE is such a powerful discipline since the kids are generally enthusiastic about being in the class – when the kids are excited the greatest learning experiences happen. But anyway, off my soap box now.

We moved onto refining the bump today. We warmed up with 10 minutes of progressions then we moved onto refinement. Rather then me teaching the students directly, the kids gave feedback to each other. They all have iPads therefore, they spent a little time researching the bump and finding some key points. Using my Team Shake app, students got into groups of 4. One pair did the progressions whilst the other filmed the working pair. After several minutes, they gave each other feedback and used the iPad to help explain what needed to be done. They then switched.

With about 5 minutes left of the lesson I gathered the students around and wrote down some of the feedback given and received: Arms need to be straight, dinner table, eyes on the ball, bend the knees, don’t do this (arms flailing in all directions).

This was a great lesson – students were constantly engaged, they were active and applying the big ideas.
Lesson 4:

We moved onto the sets today. This is a difficult skill to learn since there is a fine line between hitting the ball with your fingers and carrying the ball. But I am not looking for perfect skill execution but rather the process of learning the skills and applying the big ideas being brought forward in the unit. So again, using the progressions:

Set and catch

Set, set and catch

Set x3 and catch

Set x4 and catch

After 10 minutes of inquiry into the set. I gathered the students around for some pointers:

Always watch the ball

Make a triangle with your thumbs and fingers

Arms over your head

Soft fingers

Bend knees


The students then went back to their pairs and helped each other improve their sets. I wandered around giving points to whoever needed it.
Lesson 5:

Setting refinements today. We followed the same procedure as the bump refinement lesson. Students researched the set, found key points, went into groups of 4, filmed each other and gave each other feedback. With 5 minutes left, we discussed the feedback passed around in the class and reflected on ways we could improve.
Lesson 6:

Today we put everything together – we tried to at least. There is still a great deal to learn about volleyball but we only have a limited amount of time and I am not trying to make Olympians here. I am all about smallsided games (and this is why). I broke the class up into teams of 34 and had 3 games going at once. The game is a simple branch off from the progressions:

Serve by throwing the ball to the other side of the court,

Bump and then catch,

If that initial ‘bump and catch’ is successful then the next progression needs to occur,

Bump, bump and catch,

So on and so forth.

If the ball does not go to the other after a bump, teammates can save each other but it needs to be a bump to get to the other side.


I did not have enough nets for all the class therefore, I just laid out benches across the court that were about a meter high. Not ideal but it did allow for more rallies to occur.

With 10 minutes left of the class, I gave the kids their formative assessment that was due next class.

Formative: Using iBooks, being as creative as possible, answer the three questions:

Tell me everything you have learned about volleyball so far

What feedback did you give your friends?

What feedback did your friends give you?

This formative assessment covers:

Perspective: Feedback

Reflection: What to improve upon

Analysis: Breaking down a skill into manageable sections
Lesson 7:

We moved on from volleyball onto tennis today. We followed the same format as volleyball: pairs, feedback, progressions, etc. I was fortunate enough to get hold of some great gear from Gopher for this unit: Rainbow ProtectR Paddles. These are not your normal metal tennis rackets with strings but rather a heavy duty plastic paddle with foam edges. They are sturdy, durable and much more maneuverable than bigger rackets – ideal for students with very limited net games experience (just like mine).

We started this lesson by reviewing the main points brought up in volleyball, both in terms of the physical skills and main ideas being brought forward in the unit. I then gave each kid their paddle/racket and a ball and they followed the progressions for the day:

Level 1: Floor bounces x20

A floor bounce is where the student hits the ball into the air, lets the ball bounce and hits it again.


Level 2: Racket bounces x20

A racket bounce is where the student hits the ball continuously on their racket without the ball touching the ground.


Level 3: Wall bounces x20

Simply hitting the ball against the wall with 1 bounce on the ground after making contact with the wall.


Level 4: Floor bounces partner x20

Where a student partners up and rallies with a partner allowing only 1 bounce.


Level 5: Floor bounces partner ‘dot’ x20

As above but each individual is given a dot where one foot must be in contact with the dot at all times during the rally. Designed for the players to keep control of the ball.



After 10 minutes of inquiring into tennis, I gathered the students around and asked them what skills can be passed on from volleyball to tennis. A few responses were:

“Moving your feet.”

“Watch the ball.”

“Control the ball.”


After that short discussion, I gave the students some pointers to help them progress:

Handshake grip

Bend the knees

Surfing pose

On toes

Constantly watch the ball

No gorilla hands


I let the students continue with their levels and I wandered around giving help here and there.
Lesson 8:

We started the lesson by breaking down the central idea and reviewing the key terms of the unit. We also discussed the method of which we are reflecting on our progress and looking for way to improve. After this discussion, we warmed up in partners with some floor bounce rallies.

We progressed onto refining our tennis skills today. I introduced the students to the forehand and backhand. Again, I wrote the progressions on the board:

Throw, forehand and catch x20

Throw, backhand and catch x20

2 rallies and catch x20

3 rallies and catch x20

4 rallies and catch x20

This is all partner work. Partner 1 gently throws the ball to partner 2 where that person attempts to do the forehand back to partner 1. They progress through the levels. Again, I wander around giving feedback here and there.

With about 15 minutes left of the lesson, I got the students into groups of 4 and conducted the same feedback procedure as in volleyball. One pair did the progressions whilst the other filmed the working pair. After several minutes, they gave each other feedback and used the iPad to help explain what needed to be done. They then switched.
Lesson 9:

The lesson started by reviewing what we had learned so far about tennis: our preassessment, groundstrokes and key words. After a short warmup of partner floor bounces and a few ground strokes we moved onto the next step of tennis: volleys. Progressions:

Throw, forehand volley and catch x20

Throw, backhand volley and catch x20

2 rallies and catch x20

3 rallies and catch x20

4 rallies and catch x20

Now, all these progressions are quite difficult but I am not aiming for clear proficiency here but rather that they are helping each other, providing feedback, and being exposed to tennis. Just like previous lessons, 2 pairs got together, filmed each other, did some research on the volley and came up with some key points for their peers to work on.
Lesson 10:

Our final lesson for tennis was doubles, rather modified doubles. Just feeding out of the hand, no official serving, and attempt to get the ball to the other side with a rally to ensue. Every 5 minutes the pairs rotated and played another pair. After a couple of rotations, I stepped in and showed some strategies they could apply: positions, ball control, shot placement, etc. There were not a great deal of rallies but the kids did have fun and tried their best.

With 5 minutes left the lesson, I gave them their summative assessment. It is exactly the same as their formative assessment bar it is for tennis and an additional question at the end.

Summative: Using iBooks, being as creative as possible, answer the three questions:

Tell me everything you have learned about tennis.

What feedback did you give your friends?

What feedback did your friends give you?

Outside of PE, how else can you use feedback to help yourself or others? Give some examples.
Lesson 11:

The last lesson of the unit was spent playing the same modified versions of the two sports. Every 5 minutes the kids rotated to play another team and sport.
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