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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Bridge Leaping
Purpose of Activity:
The purpose of this activity is to teach and reinforce leaping.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Colored sidewalk chalk; colored floor tape; soft cloth jump ropes; poly spots;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Introduce the skill of leaping. Explain and demonstrate that a leap is when you take off of one foot but land on the other foot. Have students practice in open space, pushing off of one foot and landing on the other. Encourage students to alternate take off legs. Also, bounding practice as a lead-up helps. Cues - push, extend, land.

Once students have had time to practice leaping in general space, have them pretend to cross a rope bridge high above the ravine. These rope bridges can be drawn with sidewalk chalk or you could use floor tape. You could provide examples of how you would like the bridges to look and students could copy their own on the floor. If you make the bridges wide enough (drawing the boards of the bridges with chalk or using pieces of floor tape), several students can cross the same bridge side by side. Some of the boards on the bridge should be removed to encourage students to leap from board to board to get across the bridge or spread them further apart.


Add a slanty rope bridge, wide at one end and narrow at the other to encourage students to leap over larger and smaller areas.

Encourage students to travel in open space exploring many different bridges.

Have students leap from lily pad to lily pad (polyspots).

Challenge students to only lead with their right leg or just their left or alternate legs on each leap.

Assessment Ideas:

During the activity time the teacher will have ample opportunities to assess students ability to leap and can set up the session so (s)he can observe right and left leads.

Mix the above leaping activities with hopping and jumping activities to check for understanding and to determine if students indeed know the difference between a hop, jump and a leap.
Jennifer Clark in Sacramento, CA. Posted on PEC: 6/15/2005.
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