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Mayim, Mayim is an Israeli folk dance done to celebrate the discovery of water. The dance is done in a circle with everyone moving the same way at the same time. If your dancers are shy and do not want to hold hands then perhaps use scarves for them to hold. Otherwise, grab hands and get moving in this fast-paced and joyful dance!
Children can do almost anything to music, so get them up and moving, working out and strengthening some major muscle groups. Using exercise bands provides some resistance, which makes the muscles work a little harder. With this lesson plan, young learners will just be moving around and grooving to the music; they will be getting stronger without even giving it a thought!
Add a new dimension to doing the Hokey Pokey by giving each group of four dancers a set of jump bands. There are dance moves for the two dancers holding the jump bands as well as for the dancers doing the Hokey Pokey. The goal is to elevate the heart rate of the dancers while they are having fun focused on doing the Hokey Pokey.
Who doesn't like playing with a parachute? Get out the CD player, find "Behind the Clouds" by Brad Paisley, and get those youngsters moving. The movements in this dance are very basic: slide steps, walking, shaking, swaying, and skipping. Doing these simple moves with music and a parachute are definitely an equation for fun! Create your own moves for your classes or even have your learners come up with some moves.
Rather than just shouting out commands on what to do with a parachute, turn some music on and make it a dance routine. This seems like a pretty cool way to engage young learners. Make a dome, hop, make waves, walk, twist, and shake that parachute. Turn the music up and create your own routine.
Interested in Special Olympics? Looking for an adapted PE instructional activity for throwing and batting? Here's a instructional activity 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 instructional activity this one might be useful.
Students move safely about the entire gym on scooters, picking up bean bags one at a time, placing them in a basket. This is a good warm up activity to be used for the first 5-10 minutes of class.
Students experience the process of creating a "dance team" type routine by following a set procedure.
Middle schoolers get a cardiovascular workout while applying geographical concepts and processes by keeping track of mileage traveled from location to location until reaching the state capital.
Young scholars comprehend the concept of balance, specifically the terms "base of support" and "center of gravity". They review the different basic shapes: triangle, circle, square, line, point, and rectangle. Students discuss how we use balancing in games and sports.
Students adapt to different basketball shooting ranges, from lay-ups to outside shots.
Students use playing cards to determine the number of soccer passes and traps completed between partners. They add up passes at the end of the game. They can also tally face cards to see who received the most.
Students explain what it means to include others into their group, and to work together to solve a problem.
Students explore the relationship between caloric expenditure and exercise, and see a real world use for fractions as they relate to daily life.
Students practice previously- learned throwing and catching skills and offensive/defensive strategies in a game-like situation.
Students discuss the meaning of the word locomotion and the different ways that they use locomotor skills.
Students work as teams to help others and develop cardio-respiratory endurance. They play a game of tag using noodles.
Students bowl and their score of downed pins determines a specific exercise, i.e. a score of 5 might be to do 10 jumping jacks. They who roll a spare or a strike can decide the exercise for the group.