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Interested in Special Olympics? Looking for an adapted PE lesson for throwing and batting? Here's a lesson based on the rules from Special Olympics for throwing and batting a softball. The rules are included in the lesson plan and they help to define the set-up of the skill drills. So if you need to adapt a PE lesson this one might be useful.
Students identify the items and events that make adaptive sports possible. For this adaptive sports lesson, students research how accomplishments are obtained for people with disabilities. Students research different tournaments, events, and races that use adaptive sports and equipment that make these accomplishments possible.
Hats off to Barry for a great idea. He teaches Adapted PE to elementary school children, and when he is absent they often don't get to have PE. So he came up with this great plan to videotape short lessons that his pupils could follow, and all the regular teacher has to do is push the play button on the VCR. The sky is the limit, so take this idea and adapt it to meet your needs.
Bring gaming into the classroom as part of a physical education lesson. Learners with disabilities participate in various physical activities using the Nintendo Wii. They use the video game system not only to play different sports, but also to learn the rules of games. It is a creative way to explore these games.
Children with visual impairments need to continuously work on balance, gross motor skills, and mobility. Foster mobility and orientation skills by engaging them in a series of fun balance stations during PE. You'll set up each of the four suggested stations and your kids will spend a set amount of time at each one. They'll kick soccer balls, kick balls while standing on a balance beam, kick balls to each other, and play a balance beam tug of war game. Each activity is fun and will definitely help your kids stay fit and balanced.
Plus one volleyball begins like a regular game of volleyball. The receiving team must play the ball twice on their side before returning it over the net. Now the serving team must play the ball three times before returning it over the net. Now the receiving team passes it at least four times. Play continues in this fashion with each side passing it amonst themselves one more time than the last. In this game, only the serving team is allowed to score a point. This is a great activity to really focus on controlled passing and on not just trying to get the ball over the net to score a point.
Here's a 32-count line dance to the song "Disturbia" by Rihanna. This dance introduces the triple-step. It's a quick right-left-right or a quick left-right-left step. It's not complicated. The really nice thing about this lesson is that there is a video that teaches this line dance sequence. First the instructors demonstrate the steps, then they walk the learners through some practice time, and finally do the entire dance to the music.
This dance makes me want to just get up and start moving right now. This dance is done to the song "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. The lesson includes not only step-by-dance step instructions but also a video. There is a lot of movement in this quick-paced dance. Show your class the video and surely they will want to learn it!
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by teaching your class how to do an Irish jig. This type of dance is very fast. Break it all down and teach each section of the dance thoroughly. There are plenty of hops, kicks, toe touches, and stomps in this jig, so it will take some time to learn. History about St. Patrick's Day and Irish dances is included to enhance the lesson. Don't be afraid to tackle teaching this cultural dance because there is a video that leads the way!
Teach and review elementary locomotor skills. Use "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis to get youngsters up and grooving to the beat! The dance steps are described in rich detail and you will have the class jumping, skipping, leaping, and hopping around in no time at all.
Hey Macarena! Just a few moves to learn. It's only a 16-count dance that keeps repeating. Hands in front, palms down, then palms up, hands to upper arms, hands to arms, hands to hips, hands to cheeks, and wiggle. Yes! That's all there is to it. People of all ages love to do the Macarena!
Combine square dancing and a Swiss ball. There are quite a few square dance moves and how to do them while sitting on, or carrying a Swiss ball. Teach these square dance moves to the class. Then have them work together in small groups to create their own square dance moves and sequences using the Swiss ball.
Get youngsters moving by teaching them some basic dance moves. This dance can be done in a circle, a line, or scattered around the gym. There are four movement combinations that are taught to the song "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley. Steps are written out and of course you can adapt any of this to meet the needs of your class.
This line dance lesson plan involves the use of PE equipment. If you have yoga balls and rhythm sticks then take a look at this lesson plan. Of course there are other things that could be used instead of yoga balls. This is a 48-count dance performed to "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Teach the steps on your own or watch and use the video that is included in this lesson plan. It's really all about getting your youngsters excited about moving!
The upbeat song "I Like to Move It" from the movie Madagascar is just the ticket! Get your younsters up and moving. The basic steps in this dance are the grapevine, side step, squat, back step, jumps, jumping jacks, and marching in place. There is a video included; watch the video to learn the moves yourself, and then teach them to your younsters.
Here's a 32-count, get-up-and-move line dance done to "A Girl Like Me" by Rihanna. Move left, move right, step kick, clap, pivot and turn. These are some of the moves in this line dance. Make adjustment according to what you learners can do. Watch the video, or use it to teach your classes this fast-paced dance. You can see in the video that some of the dancers put their own style into their performance. Encourage your learners to express themselves as well!