"THE MILKY WAY MINUTE
FOCUS: DEVELOP PASSING AND PIVOTING SKILLS, COOPERATIVE SKILLS,
CREATE AND CHANGE A PLAN.
SET UP: Six teams of 4 to 6, each with hula hoop and 4-6 basketballs, at
one end of a gymnasium space. Each group has a Star bucket ( a cup to put
star shapes in to) and ten stars on the floor. There is a hula hoop of a
matching color at the other end of the gym (but not necessarily directly
across from them)
The object is to see how many stars a team can get in two minutes. The
team gets a point when they can pass their ball (travel through the Milky
Way in their space ship and deliver the oxygen) from one end of the gym to
the other and put it in their hyla hoop.
RULES: When you have a ball, you are frozen, you can only pivot and pass
(pass the oxygen to a new spaceship).
All teammates must touch the ball (reaceive and give a pass) at
The ball can not touch the floor more than once or the whole fleet
of spaceships mst return to homebase and start again. Carry the ball to
PLAN: I have the students sit down with their flight crew and decide on a
plan together and then try it(eg. are we going to go in a special order?
are we going to use chest or bounce passes? how far apart should we be?
they tell me their plan and when everyone is ready I start the two minute
clock. After one two minute round, they discuss how their plan worked and
how they can get more stars the next time (slow down, don't pass until
everyone is ready, get closer together, etc.)
With 4th and 5th grader, I expect them to do this without traveling and
with a good pivot. With 1st graders we just work on turning and stepping
to the next person. I often put polyspots out so they know where to run to
and the hula hoop is directly across from their homebase. Good luck!! Return to
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