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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Snake
Suggested Grade Level:
3-5
Materials Needed:
A stop watch and at least one cone for every student
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

For every 10 students in your class set up a row of cones. Each row should have at least 10 cones about 2-3 feet apart. Have the students get into groups (approximately 10-12 students in a group). Have each group find a row of cones and have them line up at one end of the row.

On the teacher's "GO" signal, the first student in line "snakes" around the cones. To "snake", students weave in and out of the cones by walking. When the first student reaches the third cone, the second student in line begins to "snake". When the second student in line reaches the third cone, the third student begins to "snake", etc. until all group members are "snaking". When the first student comes to the last cone in the row, he/she must "snake" back to the beginning. Students will begin moving in and out of the cones in one direction while other students are coming in the other direction.

Students have to figure out how to get around each other. They may not skip a cone, touch a cone, or bump into another student. If any group member does so, the entire group must start the activity over. Have groups see how long they can keep the activity going or time each group individually to see how long it takes for them to "snake" through the cones from one end to the other and then back to the beginning. Challenge each group to improve their time.

Note: All students must travel the same path. For example, if the first student begins by "snaking" to the right, then all students must begin by "snaking" to the right.

Teaching Suggestions:

Have the students walk first. Then change the locomotor movement to skipping, running, crab walking, etc. when the class has successfully "snaked" by walking.

Gradually combine the groups, until the entire class is "snaking" through one set of cones.

Time the class and have them try to improve their overall class time.
Author:
Donna Rothman who teaches at Summit Park Elementary in Baltimore , MD . Posted on PEC: 3/11/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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