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How to Teach the Essential Skills of Bouncing

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills bouncing lesson

Fundamental motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking and running, playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat).  Bounce is one of the primary eleven important fundamental motor skills to learn, particularly for students in Early Childhood.  Teachers will learn the importance of bouncing the ball, as these

actions require proper coordination and strength from multiple body segments

to produce the skill. Children will develop improved hand-eye coordination

through ball and game play.

In this unit you will learn to develop the following skill set in your students:

  1. Eyes focused forward throughout the bounce

  2. Contact the ball with the fingers of one hand at about hip height

  3. Wrist and elbows bend then straighten to push the ball

  4. Hips and knees slightly flexed during the bounce

  5. Ball bounces in front of and to the side of the body


Teaching Bounce is a great way to engage your students with essential

fundamental movement skills.  This unit promotes coordination and team

skills.  Have a look at the Early Childhood PE Bounce Lessons Pack (click the link above).  You will be fully equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades K – 2.  You will also receive the I CAN posters, student checklists, lessons and more.

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills bouncing lesson
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