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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: North Pole Chase and Flee
Prerequisites:
Chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills should have been practiced prior to using this activity.
Purpose of Activity:
To provide an opportunity for students to use their chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills in a fun holiday environment as well as become acquainted with Santa and his 8 reindeer!
Suggested Grade Level:
3-4
Materials Needed:
4 Cones to mark boundaries; 3-4 Santa Hats; 3-4 Red Jerseys
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Prior to class, set up the area by using the cones to arrange a large rectangle. Make sure to set up the cones a good distance away from any walls in the activity area. After students arrive, briefly gather the students and tell (or remind) them the story of Santa and his reindeeer, including where Santa "lives" (North Pole).

Have the students get into groups of four to five. Choose one group to be the "Santa's" (they get the hats and jerseys). Have each of the other groups choose which reindeer they want to be (i.e., Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, or Blitzen). Have the Santa's go to the middle of the playing area, while the reindeers line up in between two of the cones.

The goal of the activity for the reindeer is to make it across the "North Pole" without being tagged (e.g., caught) by a Santa so make sure you have taught your students chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills.

To begin, the Santa's huddle together and choose a reindeer they would like to capture for their Christmas sleigh ride. They count to three and call out a reindeer. (It may be best to have the teacher do this but that is up to you). If they say, "Blitzen", all of the students in that reindeer group would try to move (best to have students use locomotor skills such as skipping, sliding, walking, etc. as opposed to running) across the North Pole without getting tagged by a Santa. If they are tagged, they join Santa's sleigh by sitting down (or you can have them stand frozen in place) where they were tagged in the North Pole. These children can help catch other reindeers with their arms only.

The Santa's would then call out a different reindeer group to catch. If at any time, the Santa's call out "North Pole", all of the reindeers who haven't been tagged attempt to cross the North Pole together. The teacher has the choice to call this out at any time so as to make sure the game is fair. Play for a few minutes and then change to a new group of Sant's.

Teaching Suggestions:

May be a good idea to just use this for an extended warm up as it may not be an activity that will last the entire period.
Author:
Lisa Winters who teaches at Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa, CA. Posted on PEC: 12/16/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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