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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Volcano!
Talk with children about volcanos and what happens when they erupt.
Purpose of Activity:
To help young children develop problem solving techniques through movement.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Balance beams; poly-spots; ropes; blocks; stepping stones; hula-hoops; geo shapes; one large tumbling mat for an island; and anything else children can safely jump; walk; run; skip; or balance on;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

When the students come to PE class, tell them that a giant volcano has erupted and there is hot lava everywhere. In order to avoid the hot lava, the students will need to get to the island (tumbling mat or mats) on the other side of the gym/playing area.

Create a variety of ways to get to the island. For example, use balance beams, poly-spots to jump on, stepping stones to walk across, ropes for tight-rope walking, hula hoops to walk around, etc. Have the students try and go back and forth from the starting point to the island, allowing multiple trips.

Playing background music like the "Mission Impossible Theme" from the movie soundtrack can prove to make this activity even more exciting for the children.

Assessment Ideas:

During closure, ask students to describe some of the ways that they moved their bodies to get to the island (i.e., jumping, hopping, running, balancing, etc.)
Edward Jeziorski who teaches at ABC Children's Center in Del Mar , CA . Posted on PEC: 8/6/2000.
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