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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Beanbag Switch
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Cones for boundaries; one beanbag per student (at least 5 different colors should be used); 5 colored movement task cards that correspond with the 5 beanbag colors; and upbeat music;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Write various exercises or movement challenges on white paper or poster board. Exercises such as push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, etc. or movement challenges such as the tasks found on the PE Central Challenge Web site can be used. After the movements have been written either mount the white paper onto colored construction paper or use the colored construction paper to make a border around the poster board. Remember that the 5 colored movement task cards need to correspond with the 5 different beanbag colors.

Set up cones to establish the playing area and display the movement task cards for all students to see. Have each student get one beanbag and then spread out in the playing area. When the music begins, students walk around in the playing area and when a student comes face to face with another student, they say "SWITCH", and the two students switch (hand off) beanbags. Students continue to do this until the music stops. When the music stops, students look to see which color beanbag they have and then find the movement task card with the same color. Students perform the movement until the music starts again. When the music starts, students then walk around and switch beanbags as they did before.

Teaching Suggestions:

Switching beanbags with someone who has the same color is okay.

Encourage students to switch with EVERYONE who asks them; discourage them from saying "no" to someone.
Tracy Bruinsma who teaches at Pleasant Lake Elementary in West Bloomfield, MI. Posted on PEC: 9/19/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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