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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Go for Twenty
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Materials Needed:
Large outdoor area; 2 hula hoops; 20 tennis balls; cones; flag belts and flags for each student; pinnies
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

This activity is best done outdoors. Set up any size playing area and make visible a center line. Form two equal teams with your class. Each team will have a hula hoop with 10 tennis balls in it. Place them on each side of the center line so they are equidistance from the center line. Each player gets a flag belt with a flag. Two teams, two sets of colored flags. On the word "GO" the teams try to be the first one with all twenty tennis balls inside their own hoop.

Rules: Once you cross the center line, you can have your flag pulled. When pulled you must freeze and the person who pulled it places the flag on the center line. A team player "helps" you out by picking up your flag and running to you (hoping not to have their flag pulled). You both hold on to the loose flag and get to go back to your side "free" (no one can pull your flag). Once on your side, re-attach your flag and try to go and get a tennis ball. You can only pick up one ball at a time to bring back to your own hoop.

I have placed cones around the hula hoop for a "free track". Once a runner is inside the "free track" their flag can not be pulled until they step out to run across the center line. This gives the students a chance to rest before they try to run a tennis ball back across the center line to their own hoop. You can use any size area you want and place the hula hoops as far back as you wish.

Teaching Suggestions:

Make sure the students do not throw the balls.

Students are not allowed to defend their hoop by blocking other students from putting the ball in the hoop.


Make area smaller or larger to make easier or more difficult.

Use other locomotor movements other than running (e.g., hopping, skipping, etc.)
Janelle Schumacher who teaches at Centennial Elementary School in Fargo , ND . Posted on PEC: 3/15/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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