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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Walk the State Line
A review of the states and capitals from a previous taught unit. Review the cues of balancing (arms out to the side, go slow, eyes ahead focused on a target).
Purpose of Activity:
To encourage the child to practice balancing activities while learning the states in the USA.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
One long jump rope per child; a map of the United States; laminated individual states in the USA; Physical activity: Balancing at different levels
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Have each student get a long jump rope and select a state to form in their self space. Instruct each child to make the state's shape with their long jump rope. Try using different balancing skills to move along the state line without falling off.

Additional skills to do at their rope:

walking forward, backwards, sidewards

moving at a high, medium, and low level

moving with 2, 3, or 4 different body parts touching the floor

travel and balance an object (i.e., beanbag) on your head, back of hand, or shoulder as you move.

After working at their own individual state have students travel around to other states. Have the students skip (or use various locomotor skills) to each state, name the state and the state capital? (let half of the class do this, while the other half stays at their state to see if the state and capital are named correctly, then switch).


Continue this lesson by using regions of the
USA. Can you make a state with your jump rope that is part of the
Plains States? Next form groups of 3-5 students and have them form
the states using their bodies.

Form the entire USA with the class using the ropes and then their bodies. Jumping and hopping can be used to vary the skill or throwing to the capital in various ways. Show a picture of a state on the overhead projector, ask if anyone knows the name of the state and then have them all make the state with their rope.
Jennifer Zappa who teaches at Clemson University. Posted on PEC: 5/23/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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