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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Parachute-Turtle Game
Purpose of Activity:
For children to gain an understanding of why a turtle goes inside its shell. The activity also allows children to practice responding to a command.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
One large parachute with at least 10-12 handles;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Start the activity by having all the children sit with one of the parachute handles in their hands. Build up the activity by asking, "What does a turtle have on its back (shell)?" and "Why does a turtle hide in its shell?". After discussing this, have the students pull the parachute so only their heads are sticking out. Then, build a further image for the children. Use a visual description like, "the turtle is in the woods and sees a bear." "What should you do?" Most of them will say "hide in the shell," the parachute.

Use the word "Boo" as the "GO" command to let students know that they have been frightened as little turtles and need to get in the shell. The students then meet the teacher under the parachute to briefly discuss why they're inside the shell. Repeat. (Probably not more than three-five times in a row.)

Assessment Ideas:

During closure, talk with students about what kind of animal they were for the day and ask, "what does a turtle do when it is afraid."
Edward Jeziorski who teaches at ABC Children's Center in Del Mar , CA . Posted on PEC: 8/7/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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