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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Scooter Boats
Ability to work well together.
Purpose of Activity:
To improve students' arm muscular strength by using pushing and pulling actions.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
One folding-up panelled gymnastics mat and 2 or 3 scooters for each group;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Allow students to choose partners or small groups of three. Explain and demonstrate the activity as follows:

Students place the folded-up mat on top of the evenly-spaced scooters. They decide who will ride first and who will push/pull first. The "rider" lies on their back on the mat; the other student(s) pushes and/or pulls them around the playing area.

Discuss safety aspects before allowing students to play: no crashes into other "boats" or the walls are allowed.

Allow students to assemble their "boats" and begin play. Students can either change riders when they are ready to, or at your signal.

When done, ask students which muscles were working hardest in this activity. What component of fitness was the ativity helping them to increase?

Teaching Suggestions:

The concept of cooperation and trust can also be discussed in this activity.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

This activity was designed by students in an adapted P.E. class.
Karmen Johnson who teaches at Martin Grade School in Martin, SD. Posted on PEC: 6/11/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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