Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Team Handball... Definitely More Than Hands About It!

Grade 8: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Handball... 

Oi Grade 8!

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, what do you think is going on in this picture? How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on team handball?

London 2012 - Denmark’s tall man (212cm, 6’11”) Nikolaj Markussen leaps to attack Croatia during a preliminary match in men’s handball http://www.olympic.org/photos/markussen-s-flying-attack 

Enduring Understanding

Essential Questions
  • What is team handball?
  • What movement skills and concepts practiced in team handball are similar in other sports? Which sports?
  • How is collaboration needed in team handball?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of a game?
  • What are the physical fitness components developed in team handball?
  • In what ways does team handball develop physical and health literacy?

Use the Team Handball Progression Rubric to help guide your development throughout this unit.

Some FACTS about Team Handball...
  • Team handball began in Europe around the late 1920s (Complete Physical Education Plans for Grade 7-12, 2001)
  • Team handball debuted in the Berlin Summer Olympics of 1936 (Complete Physical Education Plans for Grade 7-12, 2001)
  • Team handball is the second largest sport in Europe (http://www.10-facts-about.com/Handball/id/74)
  • The origins of the game are thought to date back to ancient Greece (http://www.10-facts-about.com/Handball/id/74)

Using the thinking routine, Think-Puzzle-Explore, what would you like to learn about team handball? In your comment, answer the following questions of the thinking routine. Draw upon our enduring understanding for this unit, as well as the above picture to help guide your thinking.
  1. What do you think about team handball?
  2. What questions or puzzles do you have about team handball?
  3. What does the sport of team handball make you want to explore?


  1. I think that team handball, as the name suggests, is a game in which we rely on our teammates and try to defend and attack using your hands and footwork. I am not too sure yet about the rules, since I am injured and haven't played handball for a long time... A rule I think might be true in handball is that you can't step on the base area of your opponent and hurl the ball at the goal. What I can recollect from having handball classes a couple or more years ago is that defenders also can't step inside their own bases, indicated by a line. I want to explore the different techniques and tactics that this sport provides.

    1. Great Pedro, I look forward to reading about the ways in which your thinking has changed about team handball...

  2. For me, team handball is a sport which you have to make a goal just like in soccer. However, you must dribble the ball and you can't step on the other team's goal area. This game is called team handball because you have to work together as a team to defend your goal. Handball makes me want to explore which other skills used in different sports are needed to play handball, other than basketball.

    1. Great Fernanda, I look forward to reading your blog post about team handball. I wonder what more you could learn and explore?