UNO Basketball Warm Up

  
  

Name of Activity:

UNO Basketball Warm Up

Purpose of Activity:

To practice basketball dribbling and passing.

Prerequisites:

Students must have been introduced to the skill of dribbling and passing for basketball prior to the lesson.

Suggested Grade Level:

3-5

Materials Needed:

UNO cards, 4 cones (red, blue, yellow, green), basketballs – one for each student.

Description of Idea

Gym Set Up – Place one cone in front of each wall of the gym. On each cone place a sign (either bounce pass, chest pass, overhead pass, baseball pass, etc.). In the middle of the gym, spread out the UNO cards face down. A large number of students may require 2 decks of UNO cards. Remove the WILD cards and SKIP 4 cards from the deck. Each student must have their own basketball.

Students will go to the middle of the gym and pick up a card and look at it (leave the card there after looking at it – face down). If they picked up a RED UNO card they go to the wall with the red cone, and perform the basketball pass that is written on the RED cone. For example, if the student gets a 4 RED card, he/she will perform 4 “chest passes” against that wall. There are also SKIP and REVERSE cards in the UNO deck.

SKIP cards = dribbling the ball while walking, skipping, jogging around the colored cone that corresponds to the card.

REVERSE cards = dribbling the ball while walking backward around the colored cone that corresponds to the card.

Variations:

You can also integrate math with this lesson. Have the students multiply the number on their UNO card by 2 or 3.

Teaching Suggestions:

While the students are working on their UNO tasks, it is easy to assess their skill development for each of the skills.

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