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Grade Level: 3-5

This activity is to help the students get height on an underhand serve, as well as, to develop accuracy when they are serving. Groups of 2 will be at the basketball goals with each group having a volleyball and 20 bean bags on the floor behind the foul line. I have 6 basketball goals and 2 groups at each goal. There can be more than one group at each hoop. The student with the volleyball will be at the foul line with the partner behind them. At the signal “go”, the person with the volleyball will serve the ball at the basketball goal. If they serve it and make a basket they will take 3 beanbags and place them in a small pile under the goal next to their teams cone. If the ball hits the hoop, but doesn’t go in, they get to move 2 beanbags. If the ball hits the backboard only, they get 1 beanbag. The server retrieves the ball and gives it to their partner. Play for a specific time, until the music stops and add up the points. Have partners set a goal for number of points, play again and see if they can get more points. Have students switch partners, set a new goal, play again and see how many points they can get.

SHAPE Grade level Outcomes:


Works independently with others in partner environments. (S4.E4.2)


Volleys a ball using a two-hand pattern, sending it upward to a target. (S1.E23.5)



Add up all points for the entire class. Have a competition to see if the class can beat their previous score. This could be used as a station idea if you don’t have many basket hoops.