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5 Fun-Filled Ways to Bring More Excitement to Your PE Program

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Here’s a great collection of games submitted by Tracy Radler from Ewing, New Jersey.  Grades 3-6. 

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Background: Here’s a great collection of games and station ideas for your consideration!

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#1: Target Basketball: In this game, the students are divided into two teams has shown above. Each team is given 6-8 gatorskin balls. On the teacher’s signal, the balls are used to try to strike the other team’s cones. A basketball is balanced on each of the cones cones. Once a basketball is knocked off of a cone, it may not be put back until someone on the team picks it up, shoots and scores a basket. Then the basketball may be placed back on the cone. The round is over when one team has all of its basketballs off at the same time.

#2: Hoop Challenges: In this activity, every student is given a hoop and asked to perform the following challenges by the teacher. Can you?

1 . Balance on one foot in your hoop…
2. Jump into your hoop…
3. Jump out of your hoop…
4. Hop into and out of your hoop…
5. Roll your hoop…
6. 1/2 turn in your hoop…
7. Spin it around…
8. Roll it around your arm, neck, foot…
9. Skip around the hoop…
10. Gallop to another hoop and sit in it…
11. Toss it high into the air and catch it…
12. Make a bridge over your hoop…

#3: Cooperative Musical Hoops: Twenty to thirty hoops are placed on the floor in the playing area. When the music starts, the students move about the gym, avoiding hula hoops that are on the ground. When the music stops, the students find a hula hoop to stand in and help others find a safe space as well. Each time the music starts, one or two of the hoops are removed. The activity continues with the students helping one another by sharing the remaining hoops when the music stops.

#4: Shout the Sum: Divide the class into groups of 5-6 players. Each group is given a large die. The students will form a circle and the game starts with one student tossing the die to another student. This student brings the die to his chest. The number showing will be the first number. The student tosses the die to another student in the circle who holds the die to his chest, showing the second number to the group.

The students in the circle add both numbers together and shout the sum. This continues until the group gets 50 or more. For a variation, you can multiply the first two numbers together and then continue adding the other numbers until 50 is reached.

#5: River Rock Crossing: Divide the class into six groups. Each group gathers around the “edge of the river” as shown below.

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On the teacher’s command, all of the players in each group will try to get across the river by stepping on the stones (polyspots). As a cooperative problem-solving activity, the entire class is challenged to work together so that all of the members of every group can safely get to the other side of the river. Only one person may be on a polyspot at a time.

Variations: (1) Instead of having all six groups go at the same time, start with groups 3 and 6. When they are halfway across, let the other groups start. (2) Use hula hoops so that two or more people can share the hoop at a time. (3) Use a stopwatch to see how quickly a group can get across.

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