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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Recycling Relay
Knowledge of the different locomotor skills and information on recyclable materials.
Purpose of Activity:
To improve locomotor skills and the students knowledge of recycling.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
3 Trash cans or buckets; Clean trash such as paper;plastic;and aluminum; 3 color coded signs - one marked paper; one marked plastic; and one marked aluminum; Physical activity: Locomotor Skills
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Have students spread out in the general space. Place the 3 labeled trash cans (labeled paper, plastic and aluminum) at different locations around the playing area. Make each sign a different color for students who cannot read. Mix up the trash and spread it out all around the playing area and the three cans. Remind students what it means to recycle and why it is important. Show examples of each type of trash that can be recycled and explain the recycling containers to them. When the teacher says go the students are to pick up any piece of trash and place it in the correct labeled trash can by traveling using the locomotor skill that the teacher calls out. The teacher can vary the locomotor skills by using different directions (forward, backward, sidewards), different levels (high, medium, and low) and different pathways for the students to travel (i.e., the teacher may instruct the students to jump at a medium level backwards as they travel in a straight pathway).


Place the children in groups (by birthdays, age, hair color) and have each group pick up only a certain type of trash.

Assessment Ideas:

Check the trash cans afterward to see if the correct recycling items have been places in the correct containers.

Have the students list other items that would fit in containers that were not used in this activity.

Give each student a handout where they list the items that they placed in each container.
Renae Carlton who teaches at Excel Christian Academy in Cartersville , GA . Posted on PEC: 5/23/2000.
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