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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Name Ball Game
Children should be aware of letter sounds and possess catching skills.
Purpose of Activity:
To practice throwing/ catching while learning the beginning sound/ letter of your name.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Soft; small ball; Physical activity: Throwing/catching
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Children are sitting in a circle in groups of four, each group with one ball. The student with the ball calls out a child's name that he/she is tossing to and then says his name and the beginning letter sound. The child then chooses someone else to throw the ball to and says the friend's name. As the children figure out the game, you can allow everyone to say the childs name that is catching the ball and the letter sound. Children may need the teacher's help to be successful until they remember the sound/letter that their name begins with. Enthusiasm about any attempt will help this remain carefree and fun.


Younger children can simply use the activity to learn their own names and their classmates names. Throw it to a friend and say their name.

Older children can use this to learn ending sounds/letters for their names.
Karen Buxton who teaches at Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, OH. Posted on PEC: 1/18/2004.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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