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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Sorting Pond
Students must have been introduced to the fundamental information on animal classification (i.e. how animals are classified, characteristics, habitats, etc.)
Purpose of Activity:
Students will practice balancing while learning the classifications of different animals
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Balance beam(s); 36 or more dome cones; 4 or more hula hoops; plastic animals Physical activity: Static and Dynamic Balance; Cooperation
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Scatter dome cones and balance beams in a large square area. Instruct the kids that the area is like a large pond. The domes are lillipads and the beams are logs. Place one hula hoop at each corner of the square with a card in the hoop naming the classification of an animal (reptile, amphibian, mammal, bird, etc.). Scatter the plastic animals or pictures about the pond. Students need to move only on lillipads and logs around the pond picking up various animals. They must stay on the lillipads and logs even as they bend over to pick up an animal. Once they have picked up an animal they must move on the lillipads and logs to the correct classification. If a student falls off of the lillipad or log (lands in the water) he/she must drop their animal and go back to one of the hoops and re-enter the pond. The activity becomes cooperative when two students meet in the same spot and have to decide the best way to pass one another. When used with larger classes this activity is best as a "station."


Have younger students sort colors using bean bags, or practice math skills by placing different math facts in a hoop with the correct answers scattered in the pond.

Allow students to have "x" amount of floor touches before they must go back to the beginning. When two students meet allow one to "swim" off the lillypad or log while the other passes by them.

Assessment Ideas:

The teacher should ask questions about the different ways that students used their balancing skills.

Activity can be followed up with a similar worksheet which asks children to draw lines to or write the names of animals they placed in the different classifications.
Karyn Misenheimer who teaches at Nottingham West Elementary School in Hudson , NH . Posted on PEC: 5/21/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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