As the grade 1 classes are currently doing a unit in Target Games in PYP PE, I am trying to build more running and fitness into the classes. Traditionally, target games don't require too much running around and focus more on aim and precision. The activity that I had the kids do today definitely kept them active, but also incorporated the skills of rolling and throwing for accuracy.
20 bowling pins (10 per team)
2 sets of colored bibs
One ball for each student
Divide the class into 2 equal teams giving out colored bibs to each team
Set up 10 cones on one side of the gym and 10 bowling pins on the other side (set them up in one line across the width of the gym)
Set up cones about 5 meters from the bowling pins across the width of the gym on both sides
Have each team sit along the cones (one team along one set of cones and the other team along the other set of cones)
Give each student their own ball
Aim of the Game
On 'Go!' command, the students all run toward opposing team's line of bowling pins. They are allowed one roll or throw(from behind the cones!!!). If they hit the bowling pin, GREAT! Even if they don't it is OK. Either way, they must collect their ball, run as fast as they can back to their own side touching one of the cones before running back to the opposing team's side to try rolling/throwing the ball again. Essentially, they must run back to their own side after every time they try to roll/throw the ball at the opposing team's bowling pins. The first team to knock over all 10 cones score a point. Repeat game as many times as you wish.
After a while, you can move the row of cones further back making it more challenging to knock over a bowling pin with a roll or a throw.
You can try letting them kick the ball in an attempt to knock over the pins as well.
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