Gross Motor Skills Teacher Resources
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Doin' The Grouch
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.
Looking for a good gross motor skills instructional activity? 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...
Using Bean Bags
Here is useful lesson plan which demonstrates how bean bags can be used to develop manipulative skills. Young learners gain awareness of their bodies by taking part in this exercise. They also respond to a whistle, and focus on following...
Review of Skills as Sports
Young athletes put together the athletic skills they need to play different sports in the eighth week of this physical education unit. First they work on basic skills like running, jumping, kicking, throwing, and catching. Next, children...
Exercise Tag ( a non elimination tag game)
Students, on signal, get up and do a designated locomotor movement. Students with foam balls try to tag other students with the ball. When tagged, students go to a designated area and do a specified exercise. When finished they come back...
Sponge Bob Day!
Students explore and practice a variety of motor skills. In this physical education movement lesson, students rotate between 6 stations. Each station provides a Sponge Bob related activity which requires the children to use fine and...
Boxes & Blocks: Tunnel Vision
Students paint, create, and crawl through their own tunnel. In this early childhood visual arts lesson, students will develop gross motor skills and engage in activities that promote physical exercise as they create and explore tunnels...
Raid the Food Pantry
Learners 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...
Move it Like An Animal
Students investigate how animals move. In this animals lesson, students use pictures of animals and demonstrate how each of them moves from place to place.
Young scholars explore simple physics concepts such as push/pull, friction, and speed. In this physics/physical education lesson, students work in co-operative groups to "build" a spaceship out of scooters and folded mats. Teams...
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Learners explore the challenges of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through a physical education simulation. In this cross-curriculum physical education lesson, students work in groups of three to log 8000 steps, stopping to participate in...
Perkins School for the Blind
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...
The Little Red House
Students participate in developmental activities. In this developmental lesson, students listen to the story "The Little Red House" and participate in activities that develop gross motor coordination and fine motor coordination skills.
Young scholars engage in a hopscotch game where each square represents a number. In this mental math and movement lesson, students take turns playing traditional hopscotch, but add a mental math component where they add or subtract...
Students engage in group jump rope activities. In this jump rope lesson, students follow directions to play various jump rope games, some with specific songs attached. There are 4 different renditions of jump rope activities included.
Turtles, Dogs, and Elephants
Students explore personal space at low, medium, and high levels. In this physical education lesson, students participate in imaginary play imitating animals and their movement.
Early Childhood Education
Shape It Up!
The best way to understand shapes is to make them. Young geometers explore basic shapes through a variety of gross motor and fine motor activities. Shape sorting, singing songs about shapes, and eating shape snacks are just a few of the...
The Stolen Smell
Some smells are better than others! Explore your sense of smell with a series of activities based on the Peruvian folktale, The Stolen Smell. With exercises about phonics, counting, cooking, art, and drama, the lesson plan is a...
A Tale of Two Frogs
Ribbit ribbit! Hop through a series of activities based on A Tale of Two Frogs. Kids read the Russian folktale and answer reading comprehension questions before working on phonics exercises, tracing dotting lines to make a path between...
Perkins School for the Blind
Beach Ball with Bell
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...
The Physics of Human Sperm vs. the Physics of the Sperm Whale
Here is an unusual comparison: the swimming conditions of a sperm cell and a sperm whale. Introduce your physics class to the Reynolds number by sharing this video comparison during your fluid mechanics unit. Afterward, teach them to...
Let's Play Musical Shapes
Students 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.
University of New Mexico
Understanding Motor Planning Deficits in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Packet with possibilities, a helpful presentation is designed to provide information about motor planning deficits in learners with autism spectrum disorder. The presentation also models activities that improve planning and develop motor...
Leicestershire County Council
Developing Handwriting Skills for Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Here is a resource packed with strategies to help individuals with ASD improve their handwriting skills. Intended for the teacher or specialist, the resource provides background information on reasons learners with ASD have difficulty...