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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Carnival Stations
Purpose of Activity:
To give students practice tossing, catching, and balancing in a fun, theme-based setting.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
2 coffee cans; 6 red fleece balls; 4 duck walkers or tin-can or other type stilts; 2 carom balls; 1 bean bag target and 12 bean bags; a box of teddy bear counters; 4 foot stompers and 4 bean bag frogs; carnival-type music and CD/cassette boom box;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Divide class into partners. Two sets of partners will be at each center. Explain each center as follows:

Station 1: Clown nose catch: One partner holds the coffee can and tries to catch the red fleece balls (clown noses) as the other partner tosses. Switch.

Station 2: Balancing act: Students balance and rock on duck walkers or walk on walkers.

Station 3: Bean Bag target toss: Number the holes in the target. For each bean bag made the student gets to take that number of bears out and line them up.

Station 4: Crazy Catch: Partners bounce the carom ball back and forth. Must be quick!

Station 5: Frog Jumper: Place bean bag frog on the end of the stomper. Student stomps and tries to catch the jumping frog.

After explaining each station, make sure there are no questions. Assign partners a station to begin at; give them 3-4 minutes at each center. Use a whistle or stop the carnival music to have students clean up each center and get ready to move to the next one.

Teaching Suggestions:

Check out equipment catalogs for specialized equipment such as carom balls, stompers, etc.

This activity is very successful in a small classroom area, with cooperation by the students.

Assessment Ideas:

There are many repetions in this activity so you can watch all of the students perform the skills many times and be able to see which students have difficulty performing basic manipulative/eye-hand coordination skills.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

For students in wheelchairs: set the can by the wheelchair. Have them
drop the ball in; set the duck walker on the lap in wheelchair and rock hands back and forth on the rocker. Mobile partner stomps to toss frog over their head and into lap of wheelchair student. Set wheelchair close to target for bean bag toss.
Joan Salow who teaches at West Delaware Schools, Lambert in Manchester, IA. Posted on PEC: 9/22/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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