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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Fitness Fun With Mats
Prerequisites:
Some experience with ice breakers, cooperation, or problem solving activities.
Purpose of Activity:
Be able to cooperate with others in order to accomplish group tasks.
Suggested Grade Level:
6-8
Materials Needed:
Gym mat per group;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

In groups of 5-10, students work together to manipulate a gym mat. Following are three suggested challenges.

Challenge 1 - Groups of 5 move the mat across gym. Students may not touch the floor and must stay on top of the unfolded mat.

Challenge 2 - Begin with the mat folded and all students on the mat. They must unfold it without touching the floor. If they succeed in unfolding the mat, have the students refold the mat without touching the floor.

Challenge 3 - Groups of 10 (combine 2 groups) move across the gym using two mats.

Following the activity, hold a debriefing session with the groups and discuss communication, cooperation, or other relatd and important topics.

Teaching Suggestions:

Add more students to a group to make the challenge more difficult.

Designate one section of the mat that may not touch the floor.

Assessment Ideas:

Encourage them to watch others, take their ideas, but improve on them. Have them write in their journals about how they worked in a group setting.
Author:
Brad Haas who teaches at Belle Plaine Middle School in Belle Plaine, KS. Posted on PEC: 10/1/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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