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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Hot Potato Tag
Purpose of Activity:
To have students work on their throwing and catching skills.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Balls that you can dribble and throw and catch (i;e;; playground balls or appropriate sized basketballs); music
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Have students pair up and get about 5-8 giant steps (depending on throwing and catching ability and space this number can increase or decrease) from one another. When the music starts have the students throw and catch the ball you have provided them.

When the music stops, the person with the ball runs (or walks, grapevines, hops, etc.) carrying the ball and the other chases. If tagged before the music starts again, the student carrying the ball dribbles the ball 3 times, and then he/she becomes the tagger and chases his partner.

When the music starts again, the two go back to throwing and catching as they did before (they are in a different part of the playing area though).
Eloise Elliott who teaches at Concord College in Athens, WV. Posted on PEC: 11/2/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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