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OF ACTIVITY: Cheese
soft covered balls, two items to represent cheese.
Throwing at a
moving target, running, dodging and teamwork
Class will be
divided into to equal teams, with one team starting as the mice and the
other starting as the cats. The
cats will line up in two lines and in relay formation.
These lines will be at the starting end of the playing field
(basketball court). The cats
will be lining the two sidelines of the playing area.
The rules to the game are as follows:
Mice – The first runner in each mouse line will be
given a piece of cheese (I use a large yellow ball).
The object of the game is for the mice to move the cheese to the
opposite end of the playing area and return it to the next player in line.
Each time the cheese is returned safely, the mice score 1 point.
In order to stop the mice, the cats will be throwing the balls,
attempting to hit the mice below the shoulders.
If a mouse gets hit he will immediately sit down and hold the
cheese in the air. This is
the signal for the next mouse in his line to come and attempt to move the
cheese. The mouse that was
hit must stay seated until all mice are hit, thereby signifying the end of
that round. At the end of the
round the mice and the cats will trade roles.
Cats - The cats will begin each round lined up along
each sideline of the playing area. Ideally,
there should be enough balls for each cat to have one.
The object of the game for the cats is to stop the mice from
scoring by hitting them with the dodgeball, below the shoulders.
Each time a mouse is hit, that mouse will remain seated for the
rest of the round. When all
of the mice are hit, the mice and cats will switch roles.
Cats must stay behind the sidelines while throwing at the mice.
Cats are not allowed to throw from behind the endlines.
Cats any hit any mouse that enters the playing area whether they do
or do not have the cheese. Now
for the hard part; As the game progresses balls will get trapped in the
playing area. Cats may go to
this area and retrieve (1) ball. When
retrieving the ball the cat must throw it back to one of his teammates.
He may not retrieve a ball for himself!
The cat may pass (1) ball back to any player on the
sideline and then he must immediately return to the sideline.
Once he has returned to the sideline he may wait for a ball to
throw or he may go back into the playing field to retrieve (1) ball.
Keep in mind however, that cats may not throw a ball that they have
retrieved. It must be tossed
to another cat on the sideline.
the importance of teamwork and cooperation.
Cats will find out that the mice will score often if no one
retrieves the balls.
After each team has had an opportunity to play the role of the
cats, I will give them some time to review and discuss strategy.
Personally, I call out any mouse who has been hit with any moving
ball regardless of whether it was a direct hit, a carom or a bounce.