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NAME OF ACTIVITY: Estes' Swiss Challenge
GRADE LEVEL: 3-12 But more suitable for 6-12
EQUIPMENT: 1 soft throwable (Beanbag) per group, 1 bounceable ball per player.
HIGHLIGHTS: Teamwork, underhand toss, eye-hand coordination.
INSTRUCTIONS: I divide my class into
groups of 5-7. Each player is given a bouncy ball (tennis ball,
racquetball, etc.). I then have each player number 1 through 5-7,
with no player beside their consecutive number.
HELPFUL HINTS: For my students (elementary) I allow the students to catch their tennis ball after it bounces once. With my lower levels, I allow it to bounce more than once. I have not had much success with my younger students, so I plan to try it with balloons in place of the tennis ball. So, I feel that this very challenging game can be modified by allowing the tennis balls to bounce from 1 to a number of times, or by replacing the tennis balls with balloons or other slow falling object. For lower grades, I would eliminate the individual item all together.