Grade Level: 6-8
Number of Students: 25
Time Frame: 20 minutes
This lesson facilitates a sense a community among students.
It is designed to engage their problem solving skills and respect for differences.
12 deck rings (3 red, 3 blue, 3 yellow and 3 green)
STANDARDS AND OBJECTIVES
Students will learn each other's names during the Ring Up Friends activity.
Students will demonstrate cooperation and safe play during the Olympic Rings of Unity activity.
Students may express how the activities made them feel through individual or group poses.
Introduction/Starter (5-8 minutes)
"RING UP FRIENDS"
Hook: A ring can represent itself as a physical circle . . .or a ring can symbolically represent something else.
Have students gather and sit in a circle.
Explain object of this activity is for every person to touch the ring.
1) Person can only touch or hold ring <6 seconds
2) Must call name of another person to hold ring before letting go
3) Ring must also touch the floor
Allow students 10 seconds to select who will start.
Lay Ring down in center.
Go signal is "brrring, brrring"
i. Ring must be vertical
ii. only one person at a time can touch ring.
iii. cannot call person next to you
Activity (12-15 minutes)
"OLYMPIC RINGS OF UNITY"
Recall that a ring could stand symbolically for something else. What are some of your thoughts? How are rings used as symbol in the Olympics?
Divide class into 4 groups (red, green, yellow, blue)
Each group gets 3 rings of same color
Have 1 group at each of the four corners of gym
Goal is to get all three rings on catcher arm in center of gym
Demonstrate and explain movement of ring
thrower may not move except for 1 step during throw
catcher can move while ring is in air
catcher extends arm/hand with fingers together
ring encircles catcher hand/arm without fingers grasping
once catcher receives ring then become thrower
Go signal is "let the games begin!"
i. teams must get one other color
ii. team must get all three different colors
Closure/Debrief (2-5 minutes)
Rainbow Success Pose
Either as an individual or as a group students may choose to express through a pose how the lesson made them feel.
Discuss with students what they might change or keep and why.
Community during RING UP FRIENDS will be determined by all names have been called at least once.
Cooperative progress in OLYMPIC RINGS OF UNITY will be determined by the number of rings of different color for each team.