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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Pancake Express
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:
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.

Teaching Suggestions:

During the activity stress the proper teaching cues for throwing, catching, and kicking.

Assessment Ideas:

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.
Linda Johnston in Austin, TX. Posted on PEC: 11/10/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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