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# Predictions: Individual and Team

## Objectives

• Students will use mathematical and thinking skills.

## Materials

• Beanbags, jump ropes, volleyballs, hula hoops, and other equipment, depending on skill development focus
• Score cards (see below) and pencils

## Procedures

Notes: Provide students with enough time to discuss, record, and calculate their scores before rotating. Assign students to groups where appropriate cooperative learning situations may be used; for example, student leaders can assist others with math skills.

1. Arrange six or more challenging stations around the gym.
2. Have students get in groups of approximately five, and assign each group to a station.
3. After the groups have been assigned, give each team a score card and pencil (if doing individual prediction, give each student a score card).
4. To begin, give a "ready" signal and allow students 30 to 45 seconds to discuss, predict, and write down what their results will be at that station.
5. On the "go" signal, students do the activity for 3 minutes.
6. After the 3 minutes of activity, students stop and record their actual score, and calculate the difference between their prediction and actual score.
7. Continue until each group has completed all stations.
8. At the conclusion, discuss with students the accuracy of their predictions.
Sample Stations

• Push-Ups: Using any variation, how many push-ups can the team, a pair, or an individual, do in 3 minutes? (Not all team members must go for the entire 3 minutes.)

• Beanbag Pick-Up: Place a large number of beanbags or other objects at one end of the gym. Have students line up in relay lines at the other end. Students run one at a time, take one beanbag, and return to the group. The task is to predict how many beanbags the team, or individual, will return in 3 minutes.

• Curl-Ups: How many curl-ups can the team, or individual, do in 3 minutes?

• Ball Hop: Putting a ball between their knees, students hop from one line to another. The task is to see how many round trips the team, or individual student, can make in 3 minutes. (If the ball drops, it must be picked up, and the student returns to the closest line already touched.)

• Speed Jumps: How many successful turns of a jump rope can the team, or individual, make in 3 minutes?

• Volleyball Set: Each team member is given a volleyball or trainer. The task is for each student to volley the ball overhead as many times as he or she can in 3 minutes. If the ball drops or is caught, the count resumes at the last successful number.

PREDICTION SCORE CARD
Team or Individual Name:

 Challenge Prediction Actual Difference Push-Up Beanbag Pick-Up Curl-Ups Ball Hop Speed Jumps Volleyball Set

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