Lesson Plan : Box Ball

Teacher Name:
 Professor P. Lanier
Grade:
 Grade 3
Subject:
 PE and Health

Topic:
 Box Ball - Four Sqaures
Content:
 Four square is a popular game for children and school playgrounds. It is important to scale the game's difficulty and supervision appropriately for different age groups and ability levels. Players can change the size of the court, the type of ball, or any aspect of the rules to suit the players best. Rules vary widely among groups of players.
Goals:
 Four square is played with a rubber playground ball. During regular play, the ball may be hit with any part of a player's hands from wrist to fingertip. The hit may be made with an open hand or closed fist, and may be forehand or backhand in motion. The ball may also be hit with one hand, or two hands at the same time, much like the rules of volleyball.
Objectives:
 Four square is a ball game played among four individuals on a square court divided into quadrants. With such little required equipment, almost no setup, and short rounds of play that can be ended at any time, it is a popular playground game.
Materials:
 Floor or Platform, outlining a box with four boxes inside where each player pick to stay in box. 1 rubber ball is needed.
Introduction:
 The lines on the court are boundaries. The interior lines separating player squares are out of bounds. The ball may not touch any portion of an inside line or the player who hit the ball is in error. The lines marking the outermost edges of the court are considered in-bounds. If a ball lands on or touches the inside lines then game ends and last person to touch the ball is out.
Development:
 Skills developed during gameplay is ... 1. Manual Dexterity 2. Strategy skills 3. Social skills
Practice:
 Practice not really needed because of the simplicity of the game. 4 players, one ball, 4 boxes, one winner.
Accommodations:
 Errors and elimination Players may be eliminated for the following errors: A player fails to hit the ball after it has bounced in that player's square. A player fails to strike the ball correctly, as if carrying or holding. A player hits the ball out of bounds. A player hits the ball more than once before returning it to another square. A player hits the ball into his/her own square The eliminated player leaves the court, the remaining players move up to the next highest square, and a new player joins the court in the lowest square. Eliminated players wait in line for their next turn.
Checking For Understanding:
 The ball must be struck once and for a single instant only. Carrying, catching, or holding the ball during play is not allowed. Prolonged contact with the ball can give players unfair control over the play. Hitting the ball must create a perceptible change in the ball's velocity (speed or direction) to be legal.
Closure:
 In the end see the winner from each box and match up the winners from each box in the end for the final winner of the game.
Evaluation:
 Level of progress is easy with the number of wins for a player their first time, compared to their second time of play.
Teacher Reflections:
 This game is very easy, and not all students/players need special skills to win in this game. They just needed to time it right and they were able to trick their opponents. This game at times is mostly mental. Being able to move and avoid being out is very critical. The students interact and compete because there are no teams. Everybody is playing for themselves so at times it can get heated amongst themselves. I recommend this activity to all P.E instructors because not too many supplies are required and time is saved because of there is barely any preparation. Instructors can involve themselves too to make it more challenging for the students and to make them have some fun beating their teacher.

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