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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Locomotor Hello's
Purpose of Activity:
To increase students' awareness and use of self and general space To increase students' ability to perform locomotor movements To get to know classmates in their new class!
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
1 hoop or carpet square for each student; cones to designate boundaries of large open area; upbeat music; CD/tape player
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Hoops are scattered throughout the open playing area. Ask students to
find a hoop and stand in it. When the music starts they need to move in the hoop any way they wish while staying in the hoop. When done, bring students together and quickly point out that they were in a "self space" when they were in the hoop -- that is, students aren't able to touch anyone or anything else when they were in their hoop. What is left over is called "general space".

Tell students when the music begins again, you'd like them to move in the
general space avoiding the hoops on the floor. Ask them to skip, jog, walk,
etc. Remind them that when they move in general space, they need to make sure
they don't come close to anyone else's self space. When the music stops,
they are to move safely to the closest open hoop.

Do this a few times. Make sure students are moving away from others' space.
Keep the speed slow if students are having trouble with this. Remind them
not to follow others--they have to be moving away from others. If you can
tell students are having trouble with a particular locomotor movement, take
a moment to show them. You can also challenge them to find a hoop by the
time you count to "5" (or 3, etc.) after the music stops.

Then, tell students you will call out a number when the music stops. This
is the number of people who must now stand in a hoop together! For example,
if you call out "6", 6 students must all go to a hoop and stand in it (or,
get at least one foot in the hoop). Then, ask students to introduce
themselves to those in their hoop, saying their name and shaking hands. On
subsequent turns, call out different numbers; have students tell those in
their group their favorite sport; where they were born (or moved from);
their favorite subject in school; etc.
Each time, still have them tell the others in their group their name.

A continuation of this activity is to put all the hoops back out on
the floor, and continue on with one student per hoop when the music stops.
As students are moving, remove one or two or so of the hoops, to see who
can SAFELY get to a hoop quickly. Those who don't get one aren't penalized -- ask one of them to call out the next locomotor movement, and quickly get moving again!

At the end of the lesson, ask students to tell you where a self space
is and where general space is. Can they name one locomotor movement they did
Christine Hopple who teaches at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Posted on PEC: 6/1/2005.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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