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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Directions (N,S,E,W)
Create posters (bigger is better), each with one large letter to represent the different directions (N, S, E, W) and tape or attach them to the gym walls at the correct location. Explain the meaning of the letters to the children.
Purpose of Activity:
To help students learn different directions, to practice making turns, and to help in class management (i.e. lining up).
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Tagboard or poster board for the letters; markers; tape;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

When you need the children to face a certain direction, say, "Face North", or whateverdirection you need them to face. You can also use challenges with this activity. "Take 5 jumps toface the South wall." This is also great for learning 4-wall or 2-wall line dances. Use it also fordismissal purposes, "Let's dismiss from the West today." The possibilities are limitless.

We have 50 children in our physical education classes and this teaching tip makes forbetter class management. We continue to reinforce "right" and "left", but also use the "direction"concept every class.
Kathy Delaney who teaches at Grand Prairie Elementary School in Frankfort , IL . Posted on PEC: 5/17/2000.
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