1st GRADE:  JAPAN STUDY UNIT (Japanese Juggling- Otedama)



#1 Friction, Force, Motion, and Momentum: 

Compare travel sitting on a scooter with travel on a scooter.

Questions:  -What's the dragging force that makes the carpet stop when your pulling partner slows down?
                     -Does it make a difference which side of the carpet is touching the floor?  How come?
                     -Do you have to pull with the same force the whole time to keep your partner moving?  
                     -What can you use to create friction when moving too fast on a scooter?
-Which method of scooter travel allows the scooter to glide the longest?  
-What's different about the scooter that lets it glide longer than the carpet?
-What force do you use to slow down or stop?

#2 Finding the Balance Point (to keep something still or frozen for a few seconds)
-Where is the balance point of each?
-What body part could you balance each on?
-Can you identify differences in the plates that affect the level of difficulty for balancing them?
-What can you add to make balancing easier?

#3 Balance & Motion:   adding motion to make balancing easier... and then doing tricks

 Trying double balancing!

Can you balance & do passes from your finger?

Try balancing something long and thin...
Can you find the balance point of 1 devil stick?
 ...add motion...
 ...add another point of contact.
Vary the width of the sticks and use your body.  Does rolling the stick help?

 Share with 1 partner & add more motion!
 Group Carries with 2 partners!
How much motion is too much?
Where can you look when adjusting?
Why are Group Carries so difficult?
How much motion
helps most?

What helps your feet control balance?
 Posture & arms help
What will you change if you face a different direction?

Try balancing on one foot- where is the balance point?  Or stack your feet.

When each foot is on a separate unstable platform, we discuss what you can do to balance:
  • -many points of contact (arms, legs, hips)
  • -small adjustments
  • -steady posture and head position
  • -small, controlled motions
  • -eyes focused and looking forward


Which is most challenging when you share your foot platforms?  Why?
 adding 1 partner
 adding 2 partners
 adding 3 partners

Traveling Balance Challenges

Climbing- which challenge is most stable, which is least stable?  Why?

What adjustments can you make with your body to make a climbing challenge more stable?

What everyday PE equipment do we use stability, 
balance & motion to control?

#5 Children excited to share with parents what they learned as 
part of Kaitlin's class' Balance & Motion visiting afternoon.