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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Hoop Fun
Suggested Grade Level:
K-2
Materials Needed:
One hula hoop per child (preferably colored; plastic ones); whistle (optional); CD/boom box or other music
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students can't resist playing with hula hoops. Ifyou are using them in a lesson, here are some ideas on how you can use thehoops for an "instant activity":

Scatter the hoops around the gym at reasonable distancesfrom one another. As students come into the teaching area, ask them to finda hoop to stand in alone.Once they are all situated in a hoop, blow the whistle (or just shout"change") to have children move to another hoop as quickly aspossible. Once you've done this a few times, call out a number. Studentsthen have to join together with other children to put that many people in ahoop (e.g., if the number "four" is called out, four children must gettogether in a hoop).

Then have children go back to an individual hoop.Start the music and have them practice jumping in and out of itwithout touching the hoop. Encourage students to find many different waysto jump, stopping when the music stops.

Have students practice jumping in the hoop, jumpingout of it, then jumping in the hoop again and sitting down insidethe hoop with control.

Show students how to spin the hoop when it isupright; have students try it in their space. Then, encourage them to movearound the hoop (skip, etc.) as it spins to the floor. Once the hoop isclose to the floor, students can then practice jumping into the hoop as itcontinues falling to the ground. Once they can do this, have them spin thehoop then attempt to jump into the hoop, back out, then back in and sitdown in the hoop without touching it, while it finishes spinning to thefloor.
Author:
Susie Evans who teaches at Vienna International School in Vienna, Austria. , . Posted on PEC: 3/16/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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