Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Elementary Adaptions

Birds and Berries

Made by:
Albert A. Mercado

Three Learning Domains
Ø  Affective- teamwork and cooperation
Ø  Psychomotor- Any skill theme (start with walking or skipping) and V-seat
Ø  Cognitive- Remember what type of bird you are (name and picture)
Ø  Know how to successfully do the skill themes
Ø  Know the names of the skill themes
Ø  Know a what a V-seat is
Ø  Know types of birds.  Before actually do the game, teach about birds, what they eat what they look like, how they build nests.  (pictures, diagram of birds)
Ø  60 balls (yarn balls, gator balls) (berries)
Ø  30 hula hoops (nests)
Ø  15 poly spots (bushes)
Ø  Radio (music)
Ø  Use the width of your gymnasium or area you teach in.
Ø  On one end of the gym put 15 poly spots with a hula hoop around it and 4 balls on top of the spot.  Make sure the spots are spaced out from each other.  The students will be sitting on the spots. 
Ø  On the other end of the gym put the hula hoops, in line with the poly spots.  Making a running lane. 
When teaching elementary students relate the game or activity to something they like or can relate to.  Using birds is a great way to grab their attention.  Once you have their attention and they know we are all going to be flying around being birds, teach them a little about birds in general.  Make a cue board of all types of birds they might see around their yards.  Explain what birds do how they make nests and how they love berries.  Before you allow them to pick a bird fully explain the game we are going to be playing.  If you tell them to pick a bird they will lose focus on you and start talking about what bird they picked. After they know about birds go over proper V-seat form, demonstrate multiple times.  Maybe even have cues for this depending on the class.  
                The directions of the game are as followed, every bird has a partner, and they can be different types of birds.  These two partners are hungry and looking for food.  One bird is going to start in the nest (hula hoop) and one bird partner is going to start in the bush (poly spot).  When the teacher says go the student in the bush (poly spot) will pick up the berry (ball) and do a v-seat and squeeze the ball between their knees.  The other bird will be doing the skill theme of the teacher’s choice (start with skipping or walking with kindergarten) down to the bush and grab the berry from their partner and do the skill them back to their nest, placing the berry in the hula hoop (nest).  The team will do this until all their berries are gone.  The rules are, if the partner has to v-seat the whole time, they can only rest when picking up a new berry.  Demo the game before letting them start. 
                After the demo let the students pick a bird from the list of birds and pair them up or allow them to fly around and link wings with another bird.  Having the instant activity linked with this game would be a good idea.  Maybe bird tag, fly around like birds if they are tagged they have to V-seat, another bird can high five both hands to free them. 
Cognitive/Behavioral Disabilities-
Have the student pair up with another r bird and let them fly to the bush together.  Have them V-seat together and let their partner pick up two berries.
Visual Impairments-
Hang yarn or string from both walls so the student can run along the string.  Also sticking a beeper in the ball will make it easier for the student to bend down and pick it off the bush. 
Have the student pair up with another r bird and let them fly to the bush together.  Have them V-seat together and let their partner pick up two berries.
Hearing Impairments-
Hold up a flag when you want the students to stop. Have cue cards with all the skill themes so they can look at the sign and know what skill theme to do.   (use these sign for everyday activity in class)
Disabilities causing paraplegia-
Have the student hold their but off the chair, have the berry in their lap.
Have a mat and get the student out of their chair and do a seal a position they can do. 
Have the students in the nest hold the ball higher when the student comes along to grab it.  It is good for the student to bend down and reach for objects. 
They can hold a wheelie while the student runs and collects the berry.
Disabilities causing quadriplegia-
Have their partner v-seat until they get close enough to hand them the ball. 
When the student is collecting the berries have them on a mat doing a seal or a position of their ability.
Have the student weaving in and out of cones the whole time while their partner collects the berries.  (You can make a mini obstacle course they have to finish before their team is done)
They can hold a wheelie while the student runs and collects the berry.
Ø  Having the students do any skill theme from running to bear crawling to scooting down on scooters. 
Ø  Have the students holding the berries do any type of position or fitness activity. 
(do jumping jacks until the partner runs over and gets the berry, once they grab the second berry do a wall sit)
Ø  Have the students put squares of carpets on their shins when in the v-seat and but bean bags on top of the carpet.  (hold v-seat until all berries are gone)
Ø  Affective-
Did everyone use teamwork?
As a team did you compliment your partner more than once?
Was everyone honest?

Ø  Cognitive-
What is a v-seat?
Name one or more birds.
Name one rule in the birds and berry game.
Name cues.
Ø  Psychomotor-
Skipping, running, hopping (any skill theme)
Proper V-seat

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