Monday, September 1, 2014

Volleyball: Setting the Stage for A Team's Success!

Grade 10: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Volleyball... 

Oi Grade 10!

Take a look at the video below... How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on volleyball?

Russia vs. Brazil - World Grand Champions Cup 2013

Enduring Understanding
  • Volleyball requires the application and coordination of skills necessary to contribute collaboratively in achieving a goal

Essential Questions
  • What is volleyball?
  • What movement skills are needed to play volleyball successfully?
  • What are players' responsibilities?
  • How is organization needed in playing volleyball?
  • How can the skills and attitudes learned in volleyball be used in other sports and activities?

Review the Descriptors of Achievement and Grades to help guide your development throughout this unit. Please note that you will self-assess based on the Motor Skills Development descriptors - a specific volleyball skills rubric will be shared shortly.

Some FACTS about Volleyball... (wikipedia)
  • The first country outside of the United States to adopt volleyball was Canada in 1900
  • The sport is now popular in Brazil, in Europe (Italy, the Netherlands, and countries from Eastern Europe have been major forces since the late 1980s) and in other countries including China and the rest of Asia, as well as in the United States
  • Beach volleyball is a  variation of the game played on sand and with only two players per team

Take a look at how Grade 8 used the thinking routineChalk Talk, to uncover their knowledge and ideas about volleyball. Using the essential questions to help guide their thinking, Grade 8 students considered the following...
  • What ideas come to mind when you consider your understanding of volleyball? 
  • What connections could you make to others' responses? 
  • What questions come up as you ponder what others have to say about volleyball? 
Grade 8 Initial and Final Chalk Talks






I wonder, what ideas come to your mind when you consider your understanding of volleyball?


  1. I was absent on September 10th and was asked to answer the question: I wonder, what ideas come to your mind when you consider your understanding of volleyball?
    When I consider my understanding of volleyball the ideas that come to my mind are the types of skills needed to succeed in volleyball and different ways to improve these skills. I think some of the most important skills are agility, communication, balance, strength, attitude, and coordination. All of these skills can be used during all essential parts of volleyball, including the serve, bump, spike, setting and general movement around the court. In order to improve the skills the most important thing is commitment and practice. This is how I understand volleyball.

  2. When I think of volleyball I think of a really strong however fast connection between the player and the ball. Also, I think it involves lot's of comunication because for a teamate to get a ball he needs to warn the others so that they don't go all after the same ball. Adding on, I think of consideration when I think of volleyball because I think that in order to have a sucessfull game everyone needs to participate and respect the other peoples ideas.

  3. When I think of volleyball I picture a sport that is quick and has a connection between the ball and the players. Also, I think that this sport needs communication and teamwork. The reason, in my opinion, is that you need to talk to your teammates so you know who will get the ball. Another part of volleyball, is that you need to work well as a team. The main part in volleyball, is that you need to respect your teammates and be considerate with your team mates and your opponents. In volleyball you need to know the certain skills including the serve, bump, spike and setting to be successful in the game. The important thing to do in volleyball is practice, practice,and practice.