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Young scholars paint, create, and crawl through their own tunnel. In this early childhood visual arts instructional activity, students will develop gross motor skills and engage in activities that promote physical exercise as they create and explore tunnels made of boxes.
Students develop gross-motor and listening skills. In this early childhood music and movement lesson, students coordinate movements to the rhythm of music and an action of a flowing parachute in order to develop gross motor skills.
Pirate Knockdown is a basic game consisting of rolling a ball at a target. The game situation makes it fun to practice gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and teamwork. This game is easy to set up, easy to monitor, and easy to clean up. Just what a teacher likes!
Learners practice recognizing shapes while using gross-motor skills. In this early childhood math movement lesson, students explore shapes as music plays and they walk the perimeter of large cut-out paper shapes by playing musical squares.
Students take part in daily group time and literature activities. In this preschool lesson, students participate in 5 group time activities and 5 literature activities as well as oral care activities.
Students collect and graph data and use the internet to research the skeletal muscles.
Students are introduced to the letter "S" and explore the concept of sports. In this letter "S" is for sports lesson, students develop their fine motor skills by rolling play dough into balls and their gross motor skills by playing T-Ball. The lesson concludes with a sports ball collage project.
Pupils explore ways to move creatively and demonstrate various gross motor skills. They observe a teacher-demonstration of various movements, move in different ways and stop when the teacher says freeze, and discuss the ways they liked moving.
Students practice addition facts and gross motor skills by jumping from stone to stones.
Students explore the use of phonics, auditory comprehension, sequencing, writing, and gross motor skills through literature. They read and explore a folktale from Russia. They cut out pictures and place them in the correct order to tell a story. Students practice retelling the story.
Students get messy. In this early childhood lesson plan, students use their fine- and gross-motor skills as they mix and squish ingredients together to make homemade play dough.
"Dance, Dance Revolution™" is a video game that can be brought into the classroom to use as an exercise program. The game focuses on moving the feet forwards, backwards, or sideways to the rhythm of the music. Arrows flash up on the video screen and point in the direction the feet should move. A great workout for coordination and gross motor movement. Playing this game will also develop cardiovascular endurance in a way that is just plain fun!
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.
Preschoolers listen to the book, Dolphins, by Carol K. Lindeen, and learn about sea animals. Little learners will color, go on a swimming field trip, study sea animals, sing a dolphin song, and trace an outline of a dolphin. They count the letters in the wor, "dolphin," trace the letters, or write them if they are able. Cute!
Don't be fooled by how short this activity is; it contains a good idea for adaptive PE. The activity is intended to help learners with visual impairments increase motor skills, muscle strength, and mobility. Two kids play a game of tug of war by pulling against each other while holding onto a Thera-Band or a rope. 
Dance our way to a better environment? If only it were that simple! This unique lesson appeals to bodily kinesthetic learners, but can memorable for all types of learners. They investigate different learning styles, or more specifically, Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. They learn simple dance moves and practice mirroring. Finally, they discuss the causes and consequences of global warming and then choreograph a dance about it. Different!
Encourage your learners who are blind or visually impaired to participate in sports or recreational activities. This super simple idea uses a beach ball with a bell on it to help kids become comfortable with playing catch. The activity will help increase listening skills, gross motor skills, and orientation skills. 
Looking for a good gross motor skills lesson? Here's one that is sure to delight your little ones. They get to go bowling! You use milk cartons that have the numbers 1 - 10 on them. Kids set up the "pins" in a triangle shape, and use a ball to knock them over. You can keep score by adding up the numbers on the milk cartons, or just by how many cartons they knock over. This lesson is based on the Arthur episode: "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight."
Celina the dance teacher knows the dance, "Doin' The Grouch." Oscar tells the Grouchketeers and the kids at home to get up and learn the dance. Dances like this help build gross motor skills, listening skills, and self-esteem.
Students participate in a multidisciplinary lesson plan based on the book, The Stolen Smell.  In this exploring a folktale lesson plan, students discuss how they could use their five senses in a bakery.  Students answer specific discussion questions. Students participate in a phonics activity. Students act out what they might ask the character.  Students participate in a variety of other activities.

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