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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Thankful Tag
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Cones for boundary markers; 4 bandanas to use as tagger indicators (pinnies or kids carrying small balls work as well)
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

After students find a good self space in the activity area choose 2-3 taggers (have them wear the bandana). On the teacher's signal their job is to move throughout the area tagging others (use a locomotor pattern of your choice like walking, hopping, etc.). When tagged, the child comes to you, the teacher, and tells you something hey are thankful for. After they tell you what they are thankful for they can continue to play.

Teaching Suggestions:

It is best if students who are on the opposite side of where you are at to go around the marked off playing area to get to you. This is better than walking through the tag game.

Tell students you won't take any poor choices of what they are thankful for--it has to be something somewhat serious. You can reject them if you want forcing them to come up with something appropriate.

Instead of coming to you, have them write on a chalk board or a piece of paper and then go over these at the end of the class during your cool down.
Gail Velten who teaches at Westchester Elementary in St. Louis, MO. Posted on PEC: 10/9/2001.
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