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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: One Step at a Time
Purpose of Activity:
To assist students in developing "beat awareness" -- the ability to travel to a beat. Suggested Grade Level: K-2 Materials Needed: drum, tambourine, or other signal maker Description of Idea During activities in which students are practicing moving in general space,I often beat the drum to a walking beat (slow to medium speed) andhave the children walk to the beat of the drum. Periodically, stop thesignal and challenge students to stop at exactly the same time. Also, havethem practice moving in both a forward and backward direction, as well asclapping their hands together each time they take a step. Once they catch on to this -- walking one step per beat -- I have thestudents count aloud to ten as they take ten walking steps to the beat.Next they can recite the letters of the alphabet as they take twenty sixsteps. They can also spell words (like their own first name) as they stepto the drum beat. This sounds chaotic because all are spelling their ownnames. They continue to spell their own name over and over again until astop signal is given. They can also spell last names, spelling words, nameof the school, etc. Eventually, you'll want to have students move in thesame manner -- one step to one beat -- to a song with a strong 4/4 beat. Hint: Because the ability to control the body while moving in time to a beatis a
Suggested Grade Level:
K-2
Materials Needed:
drum; tambourine; or other signal maker
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

During activities in which students are practicing moving in general space,I often beat the drum to a walking beat (slow to medium speed) andhave the children walk to the beat of the drum. Periodically, stop thesignal and challenge students to stop at exactly the same time. Also, havethem practice moving in both a forward and backward direction, as well asclapping their hands together each time they take a step.

Once they catch on to this -- walking one step per beat -- I have thestudents count aloud to ten as they take ten walking steps to the beat.Next they can recite the letters of the alphabet as they take twenty sixsteps. They can also spell words (like their own first name) as they stepto the drum beat. This sounds chaotic because all are spelling their ownnames. They continue to spell their own name over and over again until astop signal is given. They can also spell last names, spelling words, nameof the school, etc. Eventually, you'll want to have students move in thesame manner -- one step to one beat -- to a song with a strong 4/4 beat.

Hint:

Because the ability to control the body while moving in time to a beatis a prerequisite to success in almost every form of movement, this is agood "screening" activity for students in the lower elementary grades.While students are moving, you can easily observe and assess their abilityto move in synch to the beat. This "benchmark" information can be reportedto parents during the year.
Author:
Kathy Delaney who teaches at Grand Prairie Elementary School in Frankfort , IL . Posted on PEC: 6/7/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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