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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Exploring Shapes
Purpose of Activity:
To have students practice moving over shapes they have designed. Activity cues: Make sharp and rounded sides on your shapes, soft landings, swing your arms hard
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
One jump rope for each student
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Have the students take their individual jump ropes to a good self space in the playing area. Ask the students make specific shapes with their ropes (i.e., circles, triangles, squares, rectangles).

Discuss the corners and sides and the lengths and widths of the shapes they made. Have the students jump in and out of their shapes exploring all the different jumping and landing patterns and at the same time they can explore all the sides and corners of their shapes. Have them jump over and around their shapes as many ways as they can.

Explore and learn about other shapes by having your students visit their classmates shapes. To do this have them travel throughout the work space and when they come to a shape they need to yell out what shape they have encountered and then they must move over the shape in a safe manner.

Additional Challenges

Have 3 students make one triangle using their three ropes, then ask 6 students to make a larger one, then 9, and then have the entire class make one big triangle.
Use this triangle as your movement space for the remainder of the period.
Carol Manning who teaches at Canterbury Street School in Worcester , MA . Posted on PEC: 6/7/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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