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Introduce your young learners to some basic gymnastics in a four or five-day unit. Movement and balance are at the core of gymnastic activities. Start out by taking them through how to move like animals. Then follow this up with balance poses. The third day consists of dismounting activities. Resource links are included. There's more, so check it out!
What kind of movements do whales make? The class investigates whale movements by accessing an online visual dictionary. In small groups or pairs, they use the online dictionary to complete a worksheet that describes five types of movements whales typically make. They then go outside and create dances by sequencing the five whale movements any way they wish. An integrated lesson that includes movement, dictionary work, computer skills, and animal behavior.
Capture the Lion is an adaptation of the much-loved game - Capture the Flag. This game could be adapted and called capture the: lion, seal, dog, cat, cow. You get the idea. The one big adaptation made in this version is that the captured player has to have other players surround her/him and make animal sounds in order to be rescued. Pick your own adaptation and go for it.
Students practice their hand and eye coordination in a ball throwing activity. In this physical education lesson, students participate in a game where they sit in a circle and throw to each other only once until everyone has had a chance. Students play quietly as though they were "mummies" and must sit out after handling the ball.
Third graders examine the history of the American flag. In this American flag lesson plan, 3rd graders examine 4 different designs of the flag and discuss the ideals it represents. Students also discuss where flags are flown and determine why they are displayed in particular places.
This twenty-question worksheet is really a self-survey of one's health habits in regard to food and exercise. It's great to have young learners take a look at their current habits. It would be interesting to do a pre-unit survey and then a post-unit survey to see if your students have made any changes in their fitness habits as a result of what they learned.
In this lesson, Nine Court Basketball, students experiment with different basketball skills. Students practice guarding, dribbling, passing, and shooting with the basketball. Students gain an understanding of basic basketball techniques while interacting with their classmates being physically active. This lesson is fun and education and easy to implement.
Here's a basic lesson plan on reading a compass. Learn the names of the parts of a compass. Learn how to read a bearing in degrees. Then go outside and follow a course of cones set up on the grass or in a clear area. Starting at one cone, face the next cone and write down its bearing. Then walk to the second cone and face the third cone and write down the bearing of that third cone. Set up as many cones as the class might have time to do.
Review the basic steps in throwing a small object. Gather up the class and some beanbags, Nerf balls, wiffle balls, whatever small soft things are around for throwing. Set up targets on the walls of the gym and have the class practice their throwing skills! There are several skill drills to run through that become progressively more challenging. Have fun!
There are several days worth of activities in this mini unit. Take a look and then break it up to meet the needs of your class. There are activities to work on throwing and catching, and activities for moving like animals. There are some creative ways to get the class to listen and follow directions. With plenty of activities to pick and choose from, you can be sure to get your class moving!
Who says there are no apps for physical education teachers? Here is one that organizes health and physical education topics into categories and then acts as a library of videos, articles, and ideas to use in your class.
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 view video and conduct research on how baseball has reflected the social context of American history. They work in groups to investigate outstanding minority baseball players, including racial minorities and women, and develop dramatic monologues to present their findings to the class.