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Shake it up! Give each dancer two hand-held shakers of any kind. If your class doesn't have any shakers, do a project and make your own. Small containers with lids, some rice or dried beans, and glue or tape to seal the lids shut. Teach the class the steps to this dance and then play the song "This Land is Your Land," and shake away!
Grapevines, jumps, pivots, stomps and more are moves you will learn in a dance activity. There are quite a few counts to learn and it will take some practice to remember it all. So get out those dancing shoes and find Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and show your moves.
Take a look at this simple, easy line dance. Forward steps, backward steps, jumps, and grapevines. Shake arms, shake hands, and clap! Put this all together and dance to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Mariah Carey. A nice little holiday dance.
There are only four different dance moves to teach in this activity. Each move is done for eight-counts. First is pushing the hands above the head, second is a combination of moving the arms and shrugging the shoulders. Third is doing a grapevine step right and then left. The forth fourth move is called "Hydrolics". Put these together and move to the music "Raise the Roof" by Luke.
This activity is two-fold in that it addresses having youngsters get a feel for different rhythms in music and in practicing their underhand tossing skills. Gather all kinds of equipment to throw, such as: yarn balls, spider balls, and Nerf balls. Find music that has different rhythms, different beats and when you play the music have the youngsters practice making underhand tosses to a partner to the beat.
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.
Students reinforce their ability to identify bones of the body in a game setting using a Volleyball net, clothes pins, x-rays or pictures of human bones and joints.
Students get a stuffed animal (chicken, dog or rabbit). When the "Bunny Hop" music is playing, all students perform the dance. When "Who Let the Dogs Out" plays, the "dogs" chase (via walking) the chickens and rabbits. If tag
Have your class research a country related to the Olympics. They participate in physical education activities included in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test and write about their country. This is a very interactive plan.
Get your kids moving on the first day of school! This action verb activity doesn't have to be used as an ice breaker, but it sure will work as one. Simply place pairs of cards face-side down on the carpet, each with an action verb written on its front. There need to be exactly the same amount of cards as kids, so you can play too if needed! Learners take a card and begin acting it out. Then, they find their partner by locating the person doing the same action verb. What a fun activity!
Students review previously taught movements of kicking, striking, throwing and catching while involving a Halloween theme. They go to workstations with names such as "Floating Ghosts," "Shadow Shapes," "Spider Web," &quo
Students create their own line dance, which must have a minimum of 4 parts, each part goes to a count of 4. They may select parts from the Create a Line Dance cards to use for their dance, or they may create their own parts.
Students are given the opportunity to use the teamwork and leadership skills they learned in our cooperative learning unit in a real situation. They participate in relays, races, and rope challenges to showcase their ability to work with other student
Students increase the heart rate and improve fitness by moving for an extended length of time. They go to three work stations: 1) Jump into July, 2) Firecrackers, and 3) Flag building.
Second graders pretend to be pizza dough being made into a pizza pie. They listen to step by step instructions for the process of making the pizza and respond by moving their bodies as if they were the dough. Step by Step instructions included.
Students rotate between 6 activity stations and discover important facts about famous African Americans. Students find their heart rate, dribble, throw baseballs, jump hurdles and complete a long jump activity while becoming familiar with Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, Willie Thrower, George Poage and Dehart Hubbard.
Students explore the food groups represented on the food pyramid. In this nutrition and physical education lesson, students participate in a game in which teams try to grab a play food object designated by the teacher and return it to its proper category on an enlarged food pyramid.
Young scholars demonstrate different motor activities to honor Dr. Seuss's birthday. In this literacy-based physical education lesson, students perform group activities such as tumbling, jumping rope, throwing frisbees, and hopping. Each learning station is based on a book by Dr. Seuss.
Students view a video and role play with props the difficulties of having a disability. In this disabilities lesson plan, 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.
Students demonstrate controlled dribbling within a restricted space.