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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Simon
Purpose of Activity:
Students will practice the various springing skills (hop, jump, leap) as well as proper landing techniques.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
3-4 hula hoops for each small group of 3-4 students
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

After receiving opportunities to learn the different springing movements (e.g. two foot jumps; hops; one-to-two foot jumps; two to-one foot jumps; etc.) and landing techniques (e.g. bending the knees), create small groups of approximately three to four students each. Give each group three or four hula hoops of differing colors, which they place in any fashion in their group's area.

After deciding who will go first, second, third, etc., the first player uses any springing skill to jump into any ONE hoop of his/her choice, then jumps out. All other players in the group follow, copying that same exact movement. When each group member has had a turn, the first player then repeats his/her first movement and adds a second (e.g. goes into a hoop; jumps out; goes into another hoop; jumps out). Again, all the rest follow in turn. The leader continues until he/she has had a set number of turns (as designated by the teacher or group), then another player begins a new sequence. If a student does not exactly copy a sequence, it's OK -- they keep their place in line and just try again!!


Challenge players to rearrange the hoops to make the sequences more challenging.

Allow players to add spins or extra body movements to each jump.

This activity is taken from a book entitled "Integreat! Math" authored by Cindy Kuhrasch. HUGE Publishing and Cindy have granted permission to PE Central to reprint this activity. Further reproduction of this task is strictly prohibited unless permission is obtained from HUGE Publications.
Cindy Kuhrasch who teaches at Barneveld Elementary School in Barneveld , WI . Posted on PEC: 5/30/2001.
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