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Title: Volleyball Lesson

This is an introductory volleyball skills lesson for a Grade 4/5 class to be held in the gym. Focus in this lesson to be on the following skills of volleyball: bumping, volleying and serving only.

Students will perform movement skills in the kind of combinations that are required in a variety of modified games, gymnastics, dance, and outdoor pursuits: locomotion/travelling (e.g., running, jumping, and hopping in combination, as performed in basketball or in a triple jump), manipulation (e.g., stepping sideways to get in position to bump or volley a ball, as performed in volleyball), and stability (e.g., running and jumping and landing, as in long jump);
Students will jump for height (e.g., vertical wall jump).
Language objectives: Students will develop comfort in the use of sport appropriate language: volley, bump and serve. Students will begin to understand how to move independently from station to station upon cue.


Students begin as whole group then are broken into 3 groups by teacher to rotate around stations after circle warmup.

Warm up for class. Use circle. Teacher demonstrates and names warm-up moves while simultaneously to doing them. Include in the warm up the vertical wall jump as a sport specific warm-up skill.
Use white board in gym to brainstorm volleyball terms. “What skills do we use in volleyball?” Show some pictures of people playing volleyball, both indoor and outdoor/beach volleyball.
As each skill is named in the brainstorm, we will list it on a white board in the gym and ask for a volunteer student to model the skill step by stet with accompanying teacher verbal explanation.
Following this, divide class into three groups to rotate around stations (with even numbers in each group if possible). At whistle, students will rotate from station to station.
Move to rotation of stations, with eye to gym layout so as to keep safety in mind.
Station 1: Volley against the wall.
Station 2: Practice bumping with a partner in your group.
Station 3: Practice serving.


Ongoing observation of students of sportsmanship, participation and skill development in activities. Teacher circulates around stations to aid in skill development and to assess.

Class of 24 students contains 4 ESL students of varying levels, from approximately Level 1 to Level 4. Rather than just jumping in with demonstrating volleyball skills, I would like to be certain to list on a whiteboard the names of each skill followed by a demonstration of that skill. I would then create stations around the gym at which there is a visual representation of the skill being performed, and the actual name of the skill (samples enclosed). While these adaptations will accommodate ESL learners they will also be helpful for those for whom the sport is new, and those whose learning style does not lend itself well to sport.
As necessary, teacher will circulate with particular attention around transitions from station to station, to check for understanding with ESL students.


24 Volleyballs, white board and markers, pictures of volleyball players. Visual cue signs made for each of 3 stations.

Submitted by: Kelly Colucci

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