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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: "I can move" but why?
This activity will allow exploration, discovery and review depending on the childrens' knowledge of movement.
Purpose of Activity:
The purpose of the activity is teach children about movements they can do with their bones, muscles and joints.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Book "I Can Move" by Mandy Suhr - Wayland Publishers; Rubberbands (optional); Skeleton with moveable joints (optional); Muscle and bones posters (optional) Physical activity: Locomotor
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students are asked to find their personal space.

The activity begins with the students being asked about "action words." Then they are asked to demonstrate the action words during the story as the book is being read.

The activity also begins with giving students three words to listen for, which are bones, muscles and joints.

As the book is read the students demonstrate the action words they hear throughout the story.

Because this book includes bones, muscles and joints, the teacher interrupts the story each time one of these concepts is introduced. Questions are asked about the functions of the bones, muscles and joints.

i.e. What do bones do for the body? Page 10

i.e. Do bones bend? Thumbs up or down for agreement. Then the teacher clarifies by demonstrating and allowing students to perform the movement. Page 13

i.e. If bones can't bend, what part of the body does? (Joints) Then have the students count their joints. Page 14

i.e. What do the muscles do for the body? Page 18

By the end of the story students have demonstrated some basic locomotor skills and various movement forms of their choice. Additionally, they have demonstrated knowledge of how the body moves, where the body moves and why the body moves.

At the end of the story a game is played to allow students the opportunity to move in many ways. I use spatial awareness as another concept to be taught. The games are usually tag games which allow the students heart rates to increase.


Older students may take their turns reading the pages and can add to the story.

Younger students may have to be directed into the "action," based on their understanding.

The most important variations occur with the choice of the game at the end of the story. Make sure the game is age appropriate and full of movement.

Assessment Ideas:

The assessment used to determine the students opportunity to learn is done in the closure, through a short series of true/false questions.

"Thumbs up" if you agree and "thumbs down" if you do not. Older students can be asked to explain why they agree or disagree.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

This activity is a great inclusion activity. Students with disabilities are allowed to move in various ways. This gives students with disabilities the opportunity to move in the ways that are successful for them.
Kristin Underwood who teaches at Verda James in Casper, WY. Posted on PEC: 10/18/2003.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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