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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Buckets of Zoo
Underhand and overhand throwing skills
Purpose of Activity:
To practice spelling while developing a variety of throwing skills.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
8-10 Bean Bags ; 8-10 Cones & 1 bucket; Plastic or Paper Plates; Selected Zoo music and tape player; Physical activity: Throwing and various locomotor skills
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Divide the class into groups of four or less with one bean bag per team. Groups will sit behind the team cones which are scattered around the perifery of the gym or playground area. The paper plates will be scattered around the interior of the gym and should have all types of different animals, insects, numbers, etc. drawn on the front side of the plate and the spelling for the animal on the back side of the plate. The plates will be spread out in no particular pattern inside of the gym perfiery in a big circle(zoo).

As the music begins to play, the first student in each group will run, skip, hop, jump, etc. as directed, to a place about four feet from the animal of their choice and will try to throw underhanded or overhanded, as directed, to the animal. When the student successfully throws the beanbag on to the plate, they will then pick up the animal plate and bring it back to the group along with the bean bag. The next student then proceeds to move and throw to an animal of their choice. The students continue throwing to the plates until all plates have been collected.

After all of the plates have been collected, the students choose one plate at a time and turn the plates over and read the name and spelling of the animal. As a group, the students are to spell out the name of the animal using their bodies to make each individual letter. The students should also discuss the characteristics of the animals movement and sounds that distinguish each animal. Each group can choose one animal that they would like to introduce to the class and have the class spell the name and act and move as the animal moves.

Teaching Suggestions:

Vary the type of throwing and distance from which the child throws. Throw with both the right and left hand and at different levels and positions (high, medium, low, forward, backward, sidewards)


Use numbers instead of animals and have the students add up the numbers. After adding the numbers up they can then perform all types of different exercises that equal their teams' total (i.e. 55 total points= 10 half jacks, 10 jump ropes, 20 basketball shots, 10 push ups, 5 ski jumps). Change the skill area by having students strike, volley or kick to the plates located in various places throughout the room.

Assessment Ideas:

Have the students spell the words in class and use them in a sentence that includes characteristics about how the animal moves.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

If students are unable to move to the designated area, have a mobile student go and get an animal plate for the student.
Russell Westbrook who teaches at Cameron Park Elem. in Hillsborough, NC. Posted on PEC: 8/29/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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