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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Whistle Mixer
Remind students of basic math computations involved in addition and subtraction. Review the basic ways to travel including walking, running, skipping, hopping, jumping, leaping, rolling, etc.
Purpose of Activity:
To give the students an easy way to practice addition and subtraction skills while moving in different ways.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
A whistle or horn; flashcards with numbers on them; or rhythm instruments; Physical activity: Locomotor Skills
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Have the students spread out in the gym or outside on a field. Explain to the students that they will be forming groups based on the number of times the whistle or horn is blown (teachers who prefer not using a whistle can substitute by using flashcards with numbers on them, rhythm instruments or by clapping their hands). Before blowing the whistle instruct the students as to the type of locomotor skill (walk, run, skip, hop, gallop, leap, roll) they are to use while forming their groups. For example, if the whistle is blown two times then everyone should form groups of two while skipping. If an uneven number of students is called the students should be instructed to come to the center of the play area and perform the skill with the number of students that are left.

Start the game by having the students forming different groups based on the number of times you blow the whistle. After the students are comfortable with this, then require them to add up the total number of beeps/whistles (blow the whistle two times and then say "plus", and then blow it again two times and state the locomotor skill to use...the answer of course is four).

The same can be done for subtraction skills, but now call out "minus" and the students must subtract the beeps.

Teaching Suggestions:

Devise a system to use children that may not be included in a group when there is an uneven number.


Use this game with the older students and add multiplication and division. Add to the locomotor skills by adding different levels (low, medium and high) to travel on, using different pathways (straight, curved and zigzagged) and different effort qualities (slow, fast, soft, hard).

Assessment Ideas:

Check to make sure that the students have made the correct size group based on the number of beeps.

Have students record their answers on an answer sheet.

Ask students for characteristics used to perform each locomotor skill.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

For those who are hearing impaired, it works great to have the person blowing the whistle to also sign the number using sign language.
Dave Allan who teaches at Glenhope Elementary in Colleyville , TX . Posted on PEC: 11/26/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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