Physical Education Teacher Resources

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Don't be fooled by how short this lesson 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. 
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.
Golf is a popular game that is enjoyed around the world. Invite your pupils with visual impairments or blindness to putt a few balls or make a hole in one. This lesson provides several very good suggestions as to how you can teach an adaptive version of golf to learners with special needs. The ultimate goal of the lesson is to engage learners on a real golf course. How cool is that?
Kickball is a classic recess game that everybody should play at least once. Included here is a wonderful set of instructions that describe how you can modify the game to make it accessible to children with low or no visual ability. Ramps, cones, and high contrast markers make a recess classic totally accessible. 
Did you ever play capture the flag? I did, and it was so much fun! Your learners with special needs, physical handicaps, or visual impairments can play a classic and highly engaging game with a few minor adaptations. The best part is, while they play, they will be building directional mobility and orientation skills, as well as interacting socially and learning how to navigate an outdoor environment. 
Here is a great set of adaptations and modifications that will make your next game of disc golf accessible to all your pupils. Listed are several variations and ways you can modify the game for your learners with physical or visual impairments. 
Baseball can be so entertaining! Here are a few great ideas you can use to get your learners with visual impairments out on the old ball field. A sound-enhanced pitching device or T-ball stand is used to alert players when it's time to swing the bat. Cones are used to help learners find their way to all four bases, and balls and bats of various sizes are used to make the game fully accessible.
Why is learning how to catch and toss so important? If one has visual impairments, learning this basic skill will help him increase orientation and mobility, coordination, and cognitive development,. Mastery of this skill will also mean that he is more likely to play with other kids on the playground. Bean bags, brightly colored targets, sound, and other modifications are used to help learners become the best bag tossers around.  
Here is a game that can be played by both sighted and unsighted children. Floor mats, blindfolds, and bowling pins are used to create a real-life battleship game where each team attempts to knock down the other team's pins. 
The world is a very different place to those who are blind. That is why it is so important to have your kids with visual impairments explore the world in many different ways. For this activity, a bean bag is placed on the child's head, and he/she attempts to keep it there while he hops, crawls, walks, or skips. 
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. 
To improve mobility, social skill development, and the concept of position, learners with physical disabilities work together to raise and lower a hula hoop over their heads. The activity is short and intended to be used as a warm-up.
The class practices bounce passes and chest passes to improve their basketball skills. They get to play a modified basketball game with no dribbling allowed. You could incorporate several modifications into this lesson to accomodate different levels of ability.
Students view a video and role play with props the difficulties of having a disability. In this disabilities lesson, students are fitted with devices used by disabled people to understand the problems and frustration they face daily. Students complete a graphic organizer comparing two disabilities and a worksheet on a visit to a care center.
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 develop spatial awareness through "movement" using hula hoops as the personal parameter.