K-4th Grade Games
Games and activities will provide the best learning possibilities to increase the children’s
activity levels . Deciding what games are appropriate will improve the student’s
knowledge of the game , rules for sportsmanship and opportunities to be successful. To
get the most out of those experiences , there must be an inclusion for all students .The
activities should be geared that allow them to be active most of the time. This will help
provide decision making , cooperation , enjoyment of
physical fitness for a lifetime , and
contributions to health- related recommendations.
BUMPER CARS .* Arrange the class in a scattered formation around the gym within a
safe distance apart .* Each student is equipped with a hula hoop .* If there aren’t enough
hoops, it may be shared with another student .* Different colored hoops will enhance the
experience and make for more alternatives during the activity. * On a given signal , the
students start to shuffle the hoops in all directions.* Any colored hoop called will attempt
to lightly bump an opposite color.* If bumped, that student stops the action and raises a
hand .* At that time , any teammate may shuffle over and bump the hoops together to re-
enter the game action.* After each designated time limit call another color .* Throughout
the activity, there are decision making and cooperation skills .* A lead up activity should
be practiced for hoop movement and shuffling skills .
Alternatives : *If there aren’t enough colored hoops , give the students numbers instead.
Or , the students move in all directions to either move away or attempt to bump a hoop
from the back , and not head on , which will resemble a run and chase sequence.
Content : Co-operation , decision making , listening ,follow directions, safety ,pathway avoidance
Equipment : Hula hoops
DONKEY KONG . *The students are arranged in a circle formation about arms length
apart .* Chose one student to swing a weighted rope along the ground .* With every
rotation , the students will attempt to jump over the object. * After a designated time
limit chose a new student to be the “swinger”.* The weighted object should be a safe
material, such as a milk jug ,which have pebbles or sand inside .* The game was taken
from the Donkey Kong computer game .
Recipe . It is essential to use media entertainment as a carry over ,which the
students can identify with in real life situations for fun and enthusiasm.
Alternatives : *Use more than one circle to involve more students in small sided game action .
Content : Co-operation , teamwork, aerobic endurance , listening skills
Equipment : Milk jug , weighted object , jump ropes
TRADES . *Divide the class into two groups .* Place one group on a contact line , which can be the end line on one side of the basketball court .* The other group is arranged about 6- 8 feet away .* Make a contact line about 30 feet away ,which is the half court line .* One group will be the runners , and the other one the chasers, who have to guess a “trade “ or expressive action .* To begin , take the running group to the contact line and huddle together for a secret command( trade) .* This group will then move back to their starting position away from the chasers.* Each group is arranged on their respective lines in a side by side position.* On a signal , start at one end of the line to guess what trade or expression the running group is performing.* If the skill is wrong, the next person in order guesses. *If correct , the runners try to tag the chasers before they can return to the half court , contact line.* Repeat the process for a designated time , and then switch positions. *This game will teach cooperation and pathway avoidance.
Trade examples : Shoveling snow, sweeping, typing, washing a car , painting, bouncing on a trampoline, driving, dribbling, hitting a balloon , tight rope walking , throw snow balls , raking , walking the dog.
Content : Co-operation , team work , aerobic endurance , safety ,pathway avoidance
Equipment : None
Recipe. Use Holiday or seasonal experiences to enhance the interest in all the games and activities .
PACMAN *. Align the students on any of the marked lines of the basketball and volleyball dimensions.* On a signal , they will move in any direction until a different command is given.* Follow the lines until two students meet together.* At this juncture, one of the students must turn to the opposite direction.* Change the type of locomotor skills often .( walk, run ,skip, hop ,etc.)*Chose one student to be the tagger (Pacman),which is taken from the computer game of the same name.* If tagged , that student becomes the new Pacman.* Practice the skills to ensure safety , following directions, pathways, cooperation .
Alternatives:* Use more than one Pacman. * If tagged , that student steps off the line and
waits for another student to release them back to the game( hand tag).* Change directions
often( a whistle or music).*Use a safe object for tagging(pillow, stuffed animal).
Content : Co-operation , teamwork, pathway avoidance ,safety
Equipment : Safe and soft tagging objects , pillow, stuffed animal
PARACHUTE GAMES .* Using the parachute is an inclusive activity , which can be taught not only for skills , but also for exercise(s) .* Start the activity with the basic skills to ensure cooperation and following directions.( lift, release, mushroom ,waves )
Arrange the class around the parachute with 5-6 scooters under the chute . With a four colored parachute call one color at a time to leave the parachute get on the scooter and try to get out safely. The other students will first raise the parachute until a color is called and will let go trying to trap the scooter students . Call a new color each time .
All the students will be holding the parachute and then practice lifting it above their heads. Next they will forcefully drive the chute downward and then kneel on their color A color will be called and that group must try to climb the mountain and touch the middle in the shortest time. Call a new color each time .
The activity practice will be the same as MOUNTAIN except this time have the students sit on the floor and place the parachute down their backs. Call a color who will escape the MUSHROOM , run around the circle one time and reenter from their original position Call a new color each time.
Place two hula hoops on the parachute with two different balls . The object is to make waves and try to place the designated ball through a designated hula hoop first . Any other objects may be used for the scoring "basket" , such as a bike tire or any round shaped object.
Place four cones behind the students at each of these clock positions : 12 , 3 , 6 , 9....have the class run around while holding on to the parachute. On a signal , or music , stop or freeze the action . That student who is nearest one of the cones gets caught each time. Reverse the order and change the mode of movement such as walk , run , slide , hop , etc.
FLIP AND CATCH
Place as many balls on the parachute that can be flipped off without too much trouble. Have one group holding the parachute and the other around it. The parachute group will try to flip the balls off while the outside tries to catch them . Score one point for a catch . Any ball that hits the floor is score for the flipping team. Switch positions .
Alternatives . For the younger students change, the type of ball to a larger ones *Use the smaller parachutes for more small sided action.
Content : Co-operation ,teamwork , muscular strength , safety , endurance
Equipment : Parachutes , music CD , hula hoops , basketballs ,play balls, scooters
Recipe . Use an integrative approach ,such as using the parachute as a volcano to include the scientific names( magma , lava, molten, eruption).
SNEAKERS . *This is a beginning activity for the early grades to learn about the proper shoe apparel along with cooperation and listening skills.* Arrange the class at the mid court line .* The groups are aligned side by side facing each other about 10 feet apart, which is the distance the “old” gyms had for the ten second line. *Place different types of shoes in a cardboard box that are hidden from the classes sight.* Assign the groups two team names according to the shoes that are either appropriate or not for physical education class .* Maintain a contact line for each group , which is the end line on each side of the mid court line( away from all walls).* Reach into the box and lift one of the shoes( sneakers, high heels, flip-flops, boots ,tennis shoes, sandals, slippers).* One of the groups will run and the other will chase according to the designated names( one group is what is worn in P.E. class , and the other is those not permitted in P.E. class.)
BOX BALL .* Arrange the class into four groups(side by side) in a square formation on one side of the half court area.* Place a box with different types of balls at one end and another box or hula hoop on the other end .* On a signal , the first person near the ball box takes one ball at a time and passes it to the next person in order.* Each person must continue the process and pass all the equipment from the box until all of the balls have been distributed .*Keep track of the time it takes to complete the task .* Repeat to improve the time .
Alternatives:* Change new leaders each time until all had a turn.* Establish a designated task for the last person with the ball .
Recipe. One of the tasks may be to score a basket , which is a hula hoop hanging from the
basketball hoop . Use a light ball for the younger students .
Content : Co-operation , teamwork, manipulative skills , safety
Equipment : Cardboard boxes, basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, play balls
Beanbag Horse Shoes * Divide the class into groups of two to four students * Make a
makeshift horse shoe court about 20 feet away with hula hoops as the target. * Throw the
bean bags with an underhand motion .* Points are scored by landing the bean bag in the
hoop for three points , and one point for the beanbag closest to the hoop .* Take turns
with a partner , and the opposing group *
Alternatives :* Use more hoops for individual activities.* Change the distance either closer or farther apart .* Use different types of equipment that slide easily .*Use a tube sock with a tennis ball inside attached by duct tape .
Content : Co-operation , manipulative skills , safety awareness
Equipment : Bean bags , deck rings , Frisbees , tube sock , tennis ball
Keep Away * Arrange the students into five to six grids with a play ball . * There should
be an equal amount of opposing group members in each grid * Give the ball to one group
leader , who will start a ten pass completion in succession * Any ball that is dropped
reverts to the opposing group * The opposition may interfere or intercept the ball without
the no body contact rule in effect . * All players must stay within the designated grid ,
which is divided by traffic cones .
Alternatives : *Establish a three second rule to release the ball . Limit the number of
steps before the ball is passed. Change the number of required passes. Use different types
of equipment . Change the size of the grid .
Content : Co-operation , team work, manipulative skills , safety awareness
Equipment : Play ball , Frisbee, volleyball , Gator ball , foam or nerf ball
Garbage Can . * Place tumbling mats standing up inside a designated grid.*Use ropes or
velcro to ensure the mats are secure and closed * Place four traffic cones around the mat
in a circle formation about ten feet from the makeshift garbage can . * Place a student at
each cone , who will try to throw an object inside the garbage can tumbling mat .*
Choose one student to be the guard at each garbage can * If the throwing object lands on
the floor , that student may attempt to take it back to the traffic cone .* If tagged , that
student switches place with the guard * After one minute , count the number of objects
inside the garbage can . * Choose a new guard each time *
Alternatives :* Change the distance between the traffic cones and garbage cans.* Use
different throwing objects .*Use more than one guard .
Content : Co-operation , team work , manipulative skills , safety awareness
Equipment : Deck rings , paper was balls , bean bags , foam or nerf ball
JUMP IT .* The class is aligned side by side on the end line of the basketball court area.
*The first person in order runs and jumps over tumbling mats that are placed at
designated distances apart . *All the students follow in order at a safe distance , then go
back to their original stating positions.* After each turn the mats are extended out more .
*The object is not to touch the floor space in between the mats. *The mats are angled in
a straight line from one corner to another .* All landing areas are padded with mats .
Alternatives :* Fold mats(put in between the mats or on top of the long mat) , add objects
for more variety and fun. (cones).*Add more mats , run with partners .
Recipe . In the jumping activity , it would be a great time to add media examples from
movies or stories.. Use the empty spaces as a danger signals like lions who have escaped
from their cages and are waiting for any feet to touch the floor space. (Lion King or
Alladin jumping over the magic carpets .)
Content : Co-operation , safety , agility , coordination , follow directions
Equipment : Tumbling mats, cones ,hula hoops
SPACE STATIONS .* Align the students into groups of three with one person inside a
hula hoop and the other two outside.* On the word "Blast off" each inside person must
get to a new hoop(outside students lift hoop higher ).* Chose 2-3 students without a hoop
who must fill the inside of the hoop before the others.* Switch places until all had a turn
to be inside and out of the hoop.* The two outside students lift up the hoop slowly after
each number is called( 10-9-8-7 , blast off)
Alternatives :* Use a TV show like Star Trek and the hoops are space ships. *The
students without a space ship can be creatures from a dangerous planet. *Use
different locomotor skills to move from hoop to hoop.
THREE FINGERS. (Instant activity)
*Arrange the class into a scattered formation with everybody as IT.* Have the students
signal three fingers as they are running about the space.* If tagged , they lose one finger.
If they fall down they lose one finger and the same if they knock anybody over by
not creating a safe pathway. As an alternative chose 2-3 taggers .*The object is not to
lose all three fingers before time is up.
Content : Co-operation , teamwork ,aerobic endurance , safety
Equipment : None
MOUSETRAP .* Align the class in a circle formation around the jump circle of the b-
ball court .* Chose four groups of two partners to hold a hula hoop(trap) head high .* The
arrangement should be at (12 -3 -6 -9 o'clock) on the circle .* The other players(mice)
will walk under the hoops until "MOUSETRAP" is called .* The hoop players will lower
the traps and if engulfed in the trap - that person will chose one person to switch
positions.* Do this until all have been traps and "mice" .
Content : Co-operation , teamwork , safety awareness
Equipment : Hula hoops
STORY TIME-* After a tumbling unit and mimetic skills , the students act out the skills
in a story play. Place mats appropriately or perform skills that are safe on the gym floor,
such as this story
Once upon a time my(dog) and I went for a walk in the woods. The eerie sounds of the
(bullfrog) scared us until we tripped and rolled down the hill like a (log). As we looked
up a big(bear) ran near our fall . As we ran away , the(snakes ) were no friends of ours.
Running into the creek bed a (crab) pinched at our heels. We scurried to a musical sound
of a nearby circus. We were glad to watch the (seals)trainer with a big whip.
The(monkeys) in the cages were running from side to side. The acrobats were tumbling
into (somersaults) and (egg rolls) .
Alternatives : Place the
mats a safe distance from each other . *Display pictures or photos
of the skills that can be attached to traffic cones near the mats to show the younger
students what the positions look like .
Content : Co-operation , integration , follow directions , mimetics , photos/pictures
Equipment : Tumbling mats ,traffic cones
Recipe . Story plays can be used to practice tumbling and mimetics in a non-threatening
environment to encourage success . These lead up skills are a prerequisite to enhance
CORNER EXCHANGE.* Place the students in groups of three who must always be
attached by holding hands or wrists. *These players will start at each corner of the area.
*Chose a group of three to be "It" and the remaining players in an area to be ready to
play. *On the signal(5-4-3-2-1 blast off) all players must run to another corner before the
"its" can. *The group without the corner goes to the waiting line and the next three from
the waiting area become the "Its". *Arrange the students on one side of the half court
line. *The group in the middle , who doesn’t find a safe corner goes to the end of the
waiting line, which is on the sidelines a safe distance away .
Alternatives :* Chose more than three players , if the students break hands apart, they are the next middle group. *Hold wrists.
Content : Co-operation , teamwork, aerobic endurance , safety awareness
Equipment : None
POP CAN BOWLING .* To make an easy transition to lifetime skills can start as early
the primary grades.* This unique activity uses homemade/makeshift equipment as
bowling pins , and a small ball ,such as a rag ball or tennis ball as the bowling ball. The
pop/soda cans are arranged in (3-2-1) pyramid set up about 15-20 feet away .* Make 4-6
groups that will attempt to knock over the cans.* Chose one student to stand behind the
cans as a “pinsetter”.* Each student takes a turn ,then goes to the end of the line .* Add
points or knockdowns after a designated time limit.* This would be an exemplary time to
add math integration.
Alternatives:* Move the can closer or farther apart . Change the type of ball* Make more
pop can set ups to include more action.(only use 3 cans). Use different pieces of
equipment ,such as wiffleballs , rag balls, tennis balls , softballs, frisbees, deck rings ,
plastic balls, nerf balls . After each turn , the groups have to chose a different implement .
With the pop cans have the groups work together to assemble a building for an
Content : Co-operation , teamwork , manipulative skills , integration
Equipment : Soda pop cans, rag ball, tennis ball , rubber bowling ball
POP CAN RUN . *Assemble as many different pop cans in front of 6-8 groups .* Scatter
the cans in all directions within the different varieties (Coke ,Pepsi, RC, Iced Tea, Diet
Cola, Root Beer , Lemonade , Fresca).* Each group has an assigned brand or flavor .
*The first person in each group picks up the can and places it beside their group.* The
next student in line repeats the process until there are no cans left on the floor. *There
will be many brands of the same name for more involvement . *Repeat the procedure to
beat a previous performance. *The groups are lined up on the mid court line about 10-15
away from the equipment .
Alternatives. *Add a tagger to prevent the can from being taken. *If tagged place the can
in its original position , the next person repeats the procedure.* Change the type of can
each time .
Content : Co-operation , teamwork ,manipulative skills , aerobic endurance ,safety
Equipment: Soda pop cans
Variations .* Move the taggers closer or farther apart .* Use more equipment for partner work .* Chose more or less taggers.
Content : Co-operation , work together , aerobic endurance , safety ,pathways
Equipment : Poly spots ,hula hoops
*To play ,pick four objects as bases and give each base a name.* "Don't like it", "I love
it, ","It's ok", "Never Tried it".* Pick a student to be it ,who stands in the middle while the
other students stand on any base they want ."IT" calls out he name of a food.* Players
then have to run to the base that best describes how they feel about that food.* IT tries to
tag a player before they reach that base.* New tagged students are the next IT.* This will
be great way to integrate health and nutrition to the activity.* The bases can be tumbling
mats , rope circles , hula hoops or cones .
Alternatives.* Make the bases closer or farther apart . Add more “ITS.” *Use makeshift
equipment ( rubber chickens, vegetables , fruits from plastic forms ,or display pictures of
Content : Co-operation , aerobic endurance , pathways
Equipment : None
CONE AND COLORS .* Scatter cones (20-24) in any large space and place a marker or crayon or an exercise card under each cone.* Divide the class into teams or partners. Give each team/partner a sheet of paper with 6 different colors listed on it.* The group must find the colors on their sheet in order as they are listed.* When the color is found, they mark their sheet with that marker beside the color before going to the next color. With an exercise card under the cone, the group must do the exercise and continue looking for the colors.* Continue until all colors are found.* Distribute a crayon or marker box for each group .* The first person or partners in each group starts the activity. Upon their return, the next person or partner(s) repeats the process .*Groups are about 15-20 feet away .
Variations . Use more cones and markers . *Change the distance of the cones .* Use
frisbees instead of cones or a combination .
Content : Co-operation , work together, integration , pathways, safety
Equipment : Crayons, markers , traffic cones ,Frisbees
WHO CAN?* This is a great lead up game that will teach following directions and concentration . Also, it can be used as a discipline technique.* The students are arranged in a scattered formation.* Call out directions of movements at a rapid , but clear pace. *This is an individual activity , but yet, can reinforce skills that have been learned in the past : WHO CAN.......
- Balance on one body part? Two? Three/Four?
- Throw a ball to a partner(simulated)
- Catch a ball at a low angle? High ?
- Gallop , leap , run, skip on every basketball line Sit down without making any noise
- Don't touch anybody while moving in all directions
- Be silent for 10 seconds
- Jump in the air , clap 3 times ,4?5?
- Line up without making a sound or touching anybody
Alternatives: *This can reinforce the skills in understanding a lesson for positive
feedback *Use this type of activity when the students finish the class. *This will be
used as a discipline technique for proper line –up procedures.
Content : Co-operation , follow directions, safety , integration
Equipment : None
CARD EXCHANGE .* Distribute index cards with five tasks in words ,colors,
shapes or directions to each student.* Each card is
different , but must be carried with
them until all five tasks are completed .* At that point, the students hold up a card to
switch their card with another one.* Jog in place until the card is switched or silently
call out that a card is needed.* Try to switch as many different cards before a
designated time elapses. Repeat the process to better a previous score. *Equipment
should be placed in safe positions so they can accessible without a loss of time. * The
students will either have to touch the object or perform the task on the card.* All
equipment should be placed and not thrown away as easy access for the next student .
Alternatives :* Play music for a few moments and exchange cards each time. *For the
younger students make only three or four tasks .
Content : Co-operation , work together , integration , pathways ,safety
Equipment : Hula hoops , basketballs ,volleyballs, balloons, cones , soccer balls
TENNIS BALL RUN *The students are lined up side by side on a contact line with one
tennis ball . Number or letter each ball according to the ability level of each grade. *Use a
marker that is smudge – proof for future activities.* On a signal , the students roll the ball
into the gym area .* They will have to find their letter or number and return to the starting
position, which is the end line of the basketball court.* Call out times as each student
crosses the starting line.* Repeat to beat a previous score .
Alternatives : Challenge the students to find their numbered or lettered ball and return in
numerical or alphabetical order. Repeat for a better score .* Use the lettered balls to spell
out names relevant to physical education ,spelling lists , computer games or media
entertainment, such as movies, TV shows and cartoons. *Give a point total for each word
or math addition scores.* This fosters cooperation and decision making skills.
*Change the positions of rolling the ball ( backwards, between legs ).
Content : Co-operation , work together , manipulative skills , integration pathways, safety
Equipment : Tennis balls , practice plastic golf balls
FREEZEMANIA.* This is a partner activity in self space , which will lend itself later to
free space, so it’s important to discuss and practice pathways .* The partners are facing
each other in exercise lines , in file formation , about 5-6 feet apart .* Play music to start
the activity .* At that signal , the students roll a ball back and forth until the music stops.
*The student(s) , who last caught the ball must chase/tag their partner before a ten second
time limit.* The play resumes with the next musical selection .* They will start the next
turn from where the last run and chase stopped.* This will open the activity to provide
more safety .
Alternatives :* Change the type of throw to a one bounce or no bounce attempts.* Instead of being tagged ,practice mirroring , which the chasing student must stay within an arm’s length away when the time limit expires.* Change partners for more variety.
Content : Co-operation , pathways , manipulative skills , follow directions
Equipment : Soft play balls , volleyball ,football , soccer ball
Recipe. It is always a good practice to move through pathways to avoid injuries, which
will cause a delay a momentum of the class. An instant activity is called meteors , which
will be presented as the next game. Any time there appears dangerous situations or
haphazard running patterns , stop the action and practice the meteor activity.
METEORS .* Arrange the students side by side in a square formation on one side of the
basketball court, which will include the sidelines , end line and half court line.* Practice a
variety of locomotor skills , which will proceed from their starting line to the opposite
line across from them.* The students are “meteors “ that have broken away from outer
space.*The meteors must not touch any other meteor.* Start with an easy command and
work to one that will determine cooperation , decision making and listening skills. *This
can be an integrative activity ( science) with the Earth as a safe planet on each contact
line. ( walk , hop, jog, gallop , run.) .* It is their job to avoid touching other meteors by
changing their movement patterns.( stopping , turning, change speeds).
Alternatives :* Chose a student as a “monster” to deter the movement patterns. Add more
difficult skills , such as side sliding , jumping or leaping .
Content : Co-operation , pathways , safety , locomotor skills , integration, listening skills
Equipment : None
Recipe . It is best to keep the students in the same formation to not only save time, but
also with help in the total control of the class without losing any momentum. This is
suggested in the next activity called , Earth Ball .
EARTH BALL .* Arrange the class in a square formation.* Place a Kin Ball or large
beach ball in the middle of the quadrant.* Furnish each student with some type of safe
equipment ( volleyball, soccer, plastic ball, wiffle ball , nerf ball ).* This can be an
integrative ( science ) activity by naming each line after a planet. The Kin Ball is the
Moon.* The ball(s) are the meteors. On a signal , the students throw the balls at the
Moon , trying to knock it past any of the three other planets lines.* NO ball may be
thrown in front of the contact line(s) .* Any ball in the middle must be returned by a
designated leader /student .* Mention that the least number of planet “strikes” is what is
expected.* Also, the Moon can’t be touched by another student , which results in a planet
Alternatives: *The 3rd graders can work on team work by passing the ball to another
student , who has a better angle to throw the meteor for a knock away .* Practice rolling
the ball along with throwing technique . *The kindergarten group should mostly work on
rolling skills. Change the type of ball to a ,plastic ,weighted Santa for Holiday fun. In this
case, the Santa that ends up closer to the contact line would be a strike .* Instead of
scores,use a cartoon word, such as “grinched” for better understanding .Make the contact
Recipe. Using the same format in the square formation can enhance a tagging and
running activity , called Switcheroo. Always have another activity for one that may not
work. In this way, there is no time lost and the momentum hasn’t waned.
Content : Co-operation , manipulative skills , work together , integration
Equipment : Kin ball , large beach ball , volleyballs , soccer balls ,Gator balls ,foam balls
SWITCHEROO.* Give the students(team) names , which will move them all together to
run to the opposite side of the floor.* Chose one of the four groups to be taggers in the
middle of the area.* When a team name is called , the other two groups wait their turn as
soon as the first group arrives to the opposite contact line.* Call a new name each time ,
and after all have a turn , choose another team to be the taggers.* If tagged , that student
restarts and tries again . * The students are arranged in a square formation on one side of
the half court line.
Alternatives: This will make for a Holiday activity by establishing seasonal names: Santa,
elves , reindeer , grinch ; bats, witch, skeleton , pumpkin ; eggs, bunny, basket, candy ;
turkey, mashed potatoes, Mayflower, pumpkin pie .
*Change the locomotor skills each turn ( slide, hop , gallop). Make the contact lines
Content : Co-operation , work together ,pathways ,aerobic endurance
Equipment : None
CARD SHARKS .* The students are in free space scattered around the gym area.* Give
each student one playing card .* On a signal , they will have the options to either run and
chase /tag or run away from all the other students. *If tagged , those students switch
cards.* This process will continue for 30 seconds. *At that point, call out a card that was
chosen from the playing card deck . *It can be face cards , red or black color , and odds
or even numbers. * All students who have the assigned card scores one point. *This is an
integrative activity(math) and( language arts).
Alternatives :*Add decision making skills after each turn by asking if the players want to
switch cards before the assigned card is mentioned.
Content : Co-operation , pathways ,follow directions , listening skills
Equipment : Playing cards , index cards
SHOW ME THE MONEY . *Hand out play money to each student with small
denominations .( 5 ,10 , 25, 50 , dollar) .* Chose 2-3 students to be taggers . The other
students are in free space scattered around the gym area.* The taggers can be a runner if
their denomination adds up to one dollar.* Chose new taggers each time the dollar total is
maintained.* Any student who gives up there money during a tag may take another one
from a designated bank(box).* Also, any student who keeps the money each time may
take money from the box.( covered)* At the end of the activity , the money is added for
MATH integration . *The teacher or other students will help with the money count .
Variations :* Change the size of the space . Add more taggers .*Use different types of
locomotor skills .
Content : Co-operation , pathways , integration , safety , locomotor skills
Equipment : Play money , index cards , cardboard box
Recipe. If there are special needs students , they can be bankers . If they are unable to run
, a scooter can be used for propulsion in a safe atmosphere.
YOUR IN THE NEWS *. Give each student a newspaper page that is placed on the floor
· Use locomotor skills to provide movement around ,beside , or over the newspaper .
· Include integration in language arts to enhance the learning process.* Call out the first letter(s) of the skill. (h-hop ; s-skip ; j-jump; r-run; w-walk; l-leap; g-gallop; sl-slide)
*They will have to read the words from the newspaper , then perform that skill along
with the preposition(3-4th grade) .* Change the letters often and the directional patterns.
Alternatives. *Ask the students to pick up their papers and place it across their body.
*Challenge them to run without losing the paper or ever touching it before it drops.*Place
the folded paper on assigned body parts for recognition of muscles or bones.* Place the
folded paper between the knees for a tag game.
Content : Co-operation , integration , pathways , follow directions
Equipment : Newspapers
Band Aid. * The students are arranged in a scattered formation on the basketball court
inside marked traffic cones as boundaries. * Choose everybody to act as It’s . * Designate
safe places to be tagged or on assigned body parts. * If tagged , the student will place a
hand over that area like a band-aid * If tagged again , place the other hand on the tagged
body part .* On the third tag , the student leaves the area behind the traffic cones to an
assigned hospital area * After pulling off the band-aids they return to the action to repeat
the previous rules of tagging.
Alternatives :* Choose 2-3 taggers . *Change the size of the area . After three tags , they
join the taggers . *Change the type of locomotor skill each new turn .
Content . Co-operation , work together , safety awareness, locomotor skills
Equipment : Traffic cones
Freeze Frame . * The students are arranged in six different groups behind a designated
starting line * Arrange six different pieces of equipment about 10 feet away in a safe
area away from the other five stations . * The students will practice previously learned
skills in the gymnastics unit . * Play upbeat music during the activity * Here is the list of
- Jump on and off a side horse or folded mats
- Crawl under traffic cones , which have broken hoops(3) inserted into them ,place a tumbling mat for safety as they crawl
- Jump on each side of a low balance beam
- Jump in and out of six hula hoops placed on the floor in a zig-zag formation
- Log roll over a tumbling mat
- Hurdle over a folded tumbling mat ( fold one side under into a “ ^ “ )
*After the skills are practiced , it is repeated back to the original starting line . * Switch
places after each turn * Repeat the activity , play the music and then turn it off , trying to
freeze the students in the skills . * If there is movement after the music , all the students
who were caught moving accumulate one “ freezie” .
Alternatives :* Change the type of movement exploration at each place . Don’t freeze the
action , instead challenge them to do the skills correctly ( who never knocked over the
mat ? never touched the cones or hoops ? never touched the balance beam ? or landed
correctly ? )
Content . Co-operation , work together , listening skills, self testing skills , movement exploration , safety awareness
Equipment : Tumbling mats , traffic cones, hula hoops , low balance beam , crash mat landing for the side horse , Music CD
Repeat . * Arrange the students on designated lines facing each other with a partner that
is directly across from each other about 30 feet away . * Choose a skill or task for each
partner to perform . * Choose all players from one line to run to their partner , high five
and return * Once the partner gets back to their starting line , the other partner repeats the
action .* Time the partners to complete the task or skill * Repeat to beat a previous
Alternatives *: Choose a new skill each time – low five , high five and low five , or side to
side , feet to feet [sit down].* Change the distance between lines . Exchange new partners
often .* Use different locomotor skills.
Content : Co-operation , team work , locomotor skills, safety awareness
Equipment : None
Laundry Tag * The students are in a scattered formation on the gym floor between
designated traffic cones * Give each of the students 3 clothespins to attach on their shirt
or pockets and clothes in a safe place away from their face or feet * On a signal ,
everybody is IT , and they will try to take off the clothespins* If the clothespin is stolen,
it is placed on the clothes of the person who stole it . * When all the clothespins have
been dislodged , that person goes to the sideline and takes one extra clothespin to re-enter
the game . * After each turn , they will count the number of clothespins on their clothes *
*Repeat for a better performance .
Alternatives :* Play in teams of two groups .* Divide the groups with those who wear the
clothespins and ones that don’t .* Count the number of clothespins each time. *Switch
places often * Choose 2-3 taggers to dislodge the clothespins. Change the size of the area.
Content : Co-operation , team work, manipulative skills , safety awareness
Equipment : Clothespins , traffic cones
Battleship . * The students are aligned on each side of the half court line of the
basketball court in a scattered formation .* Place cones at each corner to designate the
playing area. * Give each group 4-5 bean bags and an assigned number . * On a signal
,they will slide the bean bag over the other groups area past mid court. * The opposing
group will try to stop the bean bag , and then return the bean bag over the middle line .
Any bean bag that lands over the sideline or past the cones is out of play * On another
signal or whistle , the play stops . * Call out a number . * If a player is standing near the
bean bag with an arms length distance , and the number corresponds with the one the
teacher called out , then the other team scores . *If the number isn’t correct , then no
score will apply .
Alternatives :* Add more bean bags . Call out more than one number . No bean bags will
count if they slide after the whistle. *Choose one player to stand behind the end line to
catch a bean bag, which will set free any battleship hits. *The hits aren’t body hits, but
those within arms distance.
Content . Co-operation, teamwork , manipulative skills , safety awareness
Equipment : Bean bags , traffic cones
Steal the coconuts . * Place four cones at each corner on one side of the basketball court *
Place a ball inside a hula hoop at each corner(coconuts) * Choose one guard in front of
each hula hoop * In the center of the area , place all the students on an island that is a
large circle made of stretched out jump ropes * On a given
signal , the “islanders” will try
to steal the coconut , and return to the island . * If
tagged , they are placed in an Island
jail off to one sideline. * They may return to the game if the coconut is given to them *
The ”islander may be tagged on the way to the jail . * Only one islander may be set free
at a time . * The guard may not touch the coconut * If the guard enters the hula hoop , a
new guard is chosen * After each turn , exchange guards.
Alternatives :* Choose more guards .* Make more than one
hoop at each corner . Change
to locomotor or non-locomotor skills . For example , if tagged , the islander must sway
like a palm tree .
Content : Co-operation, work together , locomotor and non-locomotor skills ., safety awareness
Equipment : Play balls , volleyballs, soccer balls, traffic cones, hula hoops