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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Planet Invasion
Prerequisites:
Ability to avoid others when moving through general space.
Purpose of Activity:
To allow students to apply what they have learned about chasing/fleeing/dodging in a game situation.
Suggested Grade Level:
3-5
Materials Needed:
1 flag belt for half of the number of students in the class; any number of polyspots; frisbees; cones; and soft; medium-sized balls; approximately 4 hula hoops;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Before the activity, spread the polyspots, frisbees, cones, and balls inside the rectangular boundary lines of the playing area (use cones to make boundary lines, if need be). Place one hula hoop outside the boundary lines, one on each side.

Let the class know that today they will have to use their chasing, fleeing, and their dodging skills in order to "protect" their planet and its "valuables". Explain (and demonstrate, if needed) the following before beginning to play:

Have half of the class spread out inside the boundary lines; they will be trying to guard all of the "valuables" on their planet. The other half of the class will be wearing flag belts; they will try to "invade" the planet and get the other team's "valuables". When an "invader" takes something from the planet, they quickly run outside the boundaries and place the item neatly in the hula hoop. If a "guard" on the planet takes a flag belt off an invader while in their planet (i.e., in the boundaries), that student then has to put the object down and go back outside the boundary line. Once they perform any movement of their choice in place (jump, hop, twist, etc.) for a count of "five", they become "re-energized" and may re-enter the game.

Variations:

This activity can be used to help integrate mathematical concepts by a classroom teacher by making each type of "valuable" a different point amount, according to either the type of valuable it is, or where it is placed on the planet (e.g., items at the center would be worth more points). At the end of each game, students then can add up how much "valuables" they took from the planet.

Assessment Ideas:

Either at the end of the game, or during it if need be, check for understanding by asking students, "Where should you be looking if going forward?" "How fast should you be moving if there are alot of others around you?" "What does your body need to do in order to successfully take a valuable from the planet?"
Author:
Reginald S. Kimball who teaches at Oakland Elementary School in McDonough , GA . Posted on PEC: 3/17/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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