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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Pancake Express
Prerequisites:Listening skills, small group and partner cooperation skills, basic manipulative skills
Purpose of Activity:To improve a variety of manipulative skills and expose the children to a cross-curricular activity (dramatic play, reading, problem solving) to improve creativity and health education.
Suggested Grade Level:K-2
Materials Needed:Polyspots (any color;any size)1 per partner group; "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" story by Laura Numeroff; examples of food grains; Physical activity: Various manipulative skills
Lesson Plan:Description of Idea
Discuss the elements of the basic food pyramid and different foods (particularly grains) that you put into your body. Show the book "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" story by Laura Numeroff and read the story to the class. Allow the students time to guess what is going to happen when the pig is given a pancake in the story. Discuss the different food groups on the food pyramid and into which group the pancake would fall.
Have the students find a partner and use a single polyspot to represent the pancake. Allow the students time to explore and devise a variety of ways to get the pancake to his/her partner. Examples include: rolling the pancake, let the pancake land in a hoop made by their partner's arms, drop kick the pancake, overhand throw, underhand throw, let the pancake land on a body part, frisbee throw,etc...
At the conclusion allow the students to create a different ending for the story that would involve the activities they used with their partners. Allow the students to choose a different food and discuss it's place in the food pyramid and an activity to go along with the food. Students can write their conclusions to the story for a writing assignment when they return to the classroom.
During the activity stress the proper teaching cues for throwing, catching, and kicking.
Discuss the plot and characters of the story and
have the students demonstrate a way to toss the pancake with the correct teaching cues needed.
Discuss foods which fall into each group on the food pyramid.
Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:
Have students pair up with disabled students to assist in creating their own way to address the challenge.
Author:Linda Johnston in Austin, TX. Posted on PEC: 11/10/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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