The central idea for this unit was:
In a game, we must learn how to move into space with or without a ball.
As we played different small-sided games, students asked questions, wondered about the best ways to create space and let their teammates know when they were ready to receive the ball.
We played a variety of invasion games such as "benchball", basketball, or "prairie dog pick off." During those games, students were able to use similar strategies to attack or defend the opposite team. They became more aware of what to do when they had a plan rather than just running towards the ball.
In order to provoke students' thinking, I had different materials for them to use and play with. They could choose between using a foam ball, a rubber bouncy ball, a basketball, a frisbee, and a foam rugby ball. We also had bowling pins and hoops.
The scoring area had also some options for them. This kind of set up led to wonders and fostered curiosity and inquiry.
We had hula hoops hanging from the basketball hoops and small goals underneath. Before playing, learners would decide on how to score. For instance, they played a modified ultimate frisbee where they could score by throwing the frisbee into the goal, 1point, or up into the hula hoop, 5 points.
We talked about the importance of being good winners and good losers and to celebrate others successes as well.
We also co-created an Invasion Games Success Criteria:
- I can explain what invasion games are and give some examples
- I can demonstrate the skills to play the game
- I can create space in attack
- I can create space in the defense
- I can send a ball to my teammate
- I can receive a ball
- I can help my team to create a plan to play the game
- I can follow my team’s plan
- I can positively and respectfully interact with others
- I can describe what’s going well and not so well
Below you can see some pictures of students in action.