Mission: Control!

On Earth, we use a variety of cues to sense the position of our bodies, while stationary or moving. We use touch and pressure cues (such as weight on our feet) and visual cues (such as location of ceiling and floors) to determine orientation. On Earth, our sense of upright is determined by the pull of gravity as sensed by the balance organs of the inner ear. Our brains integrate all this sensory information to allow us to detect our body orientation and permit us to move within our environment.

In this activity, students will perform throwing and catching techniques on one foot. This activity can be carried out individually, or in groups and will help improve balance and spatial awareness.

Skills
Balance, Coordination, Stability,  Reaction-time, Teamwork
Learning Objectives
  • Improve balance and spatial awareness.
  • Make and record observations about improvements in balance and
Equipment
  • Watch or stopwatch/timer
  • Mission Journal and pencil
  • Tennis ball (one per student or one per group)
  • Gym ball (football or similar, one per group)
  • Watch or stopwatch (one per student)
  • Optional to be used in Mission Adaptations:
    • A series of smaller balls
Time
 15 minutes per class

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