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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Stepping With The Opposite Foot
Purpose of Activity:
To help young children start to understand what foot they need to step with when throwing a ball.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Yarn or koosh balls
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Ask your class to sit in front of you and ask them to raise the hand that they write with or have them raise their favorite hand. Make sure they are sitting with their legs extended in front of them. Have them keep that hand in the air. Ask them to touch the shoe (or leg) that is on the same side of their body as the hand they have raised.

Now have them take off that shoe that they just pointed to. Check to make sure they get the correct shoe off. When they have stowed away that shoe in a safe place give the students that are ready a yarn or a koosh ball. After they receive a ball they can go into the well defined area and start throwing the ball as far as they can.

After watching the students throw stop the kids and tell them that when they throw the next time make sure you step forward on the leg that has the shoe ON! Go around and give feedback and help. It works wonderfully!
John Pomeroy who teaches at Bonsak Elementary in Roanoke , VA . Posted on PEC: 5/30/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (

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