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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Sailors and Sharks
Ability to tag safely; ability to move safely through general space (avaoid others); introduction to and practice in skills involved in chasing, fleeing, and dodging.
Purpose of Activity:
To use skills of fleeing and dodging in order to avoid being tagged.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
4-5 (or more) floor mats scattered around the gym or playing area; a number of pinnies;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students begin standing on the ships (mats). One student, the shark, wears a pinney. At the signal from the teacher of "Sailors swim", the sailors (students) scatter to a new ship. If caught by a shark, the sailor must put a pinney on and become a shark in order to help capture the remaining sailors. Begin a new game periodically, when there are a few studentsleft.

Assessment Ideas:

Watch for students tagging appropriately.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Depending upon the skill of your students, you can use a lesser or greater number of boats, and/or put them closer together.
Karmen Johnson who teaches at Martin Grade School in Martin, SD. Posted on PEC: 11/10/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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