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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Body Shape Fun
Knowledge of and ability to make the different body shapes of wide, narrow, twisted, curved, and angular.
Purpose of Activity:
To further students understanding of body shapes and the relationships between body parts when making these shapes.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Cones or other markers to make boundaries; a drum; tambourine; or other object to call out beats; radio or CD with 4/4 music
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students should start in a self space inside the boundaries. Quickly review the types of body shapes one can make. Let students know they will get to put all these shapes together today--so they will really have to be thinking hard!

Have students start with one shape (not wide). On the first beat of the drum or tambourine, they should change quickly to a wide shape. Then, give seven beats for them to get back to the original shape. Have them practice until they can use all seven beats to get back to the original shape!

Next, have students travel around general space when the music begins. When the music ends, quickly call out a shape which students should make when they freeze. (You can also tell them before you BEGIN the next round of music.)

Then have students get a partner and together decide on one shape to make together. The students should work together to make their shape, being sure they somehow touch when they make it. They should also practice it so they can make it exactly the same each time. Visit each group to see how they are doing, seeing if you can guess the shape they are making.

Have each pair of partners then get together with another pair of partners. This time, the group of four must draw four shapes each on four separate pieces of paper, label them as to what shape they have drawn, and then perform the shapes together (each person touching someone else in the group), holding it for three seconds.

Finally, have each group of four show their shape to all the other groups, seeing if the viewing groups can guess who is making what shape. At the very end, have the entire group make a "group shape" by making their shape while somehow touching at least one other person in the group.

Assessment Ideas:

Use the pictures students have drawn to see if they have a valid understanding of body shapes.

Informally ask students, while they are making a shape, what shape
they are making. Observe to see that they are correct (or not!)
Jack Couto. Posted on PEC: 6/7/2001.
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