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A Visit to the Zoo On Scooters

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Christine Farrell from Voorhees, New Jersey sent in this fun scooter game.  K-3

Background: This activity was created so that our students would be able to learn to safely maneuver a scooter in various directions. The initial lesson worked so well that we decided to incorporate Science objectives by creating a “visit to the zoo” using the scooters.

Area: Any large floor area such as the gym.

Equipment: Scooters for each child, traffic signal signs (Stop, Go, Slow), directional arrows, tunnel, jump rope, cones, gator skin ball, frog bean bags, yarn balls, hula hoops, peacock feathers, nets, pictures of various zoo animals and station numbers.

How We Do It: The students were told at the beginning of class that they were taking an imaginary trip to the zoo. We began the lesson by asking students to name different types of animals they might see at the zoo.

As a warm-up activity, we allowed the students to move freely throughout the room on their scooter looking at all the pictures of animals. Proper use of the scooters and safety concerns are discussed. For example: never stand on a scooter, look over your shoulder when going backwards, don’t bump into other drivers or equipment. After the warm-up activity, the students place their scooters aside for a group explanation and a demonstration of each station.

Station Format: Use music or a signal to indicate when to change stations. Move to each station for 2 minutes or move continuously through as an obstacle course. We had ten stations which were as follows:

(1) Kangaroo Carry: Sit on a scooter, place a gator skin ball in the lap; scooter in a circle around five cones. Place the ball back in the milk crate and go to the end of the line.

(2) Backward Seal Slide: Students sit on scooters and go backwards to a cone, circle the cone and return. (Safety: Look over your shoulder!)

(3) Monkey Walk: With knees on the scooter, students use arms only to go from one line to another and back.

(4) Turtle Crawl: Lying with their belly on the scooter, students use their arms and legs to maneuver through two long jump ropes taped to floor.

(5) Snake Slither: Lying on the scooter, students make snake sounds and slither in and out of three cones and back.

(6) Elephant Peanut Throw: Sitting on scooters, students move from a starting point to a box of “peanuts” (yarn balls). Students get one toss each to try and throw the peanut through the hoop. (Use a goal cage behind the hoop to stop the balls.)

(7) Lion’s Den: Students sit on scooters and ride through the lion’s den looking at all the different male and female lions. We used goal cages and hung printed pictures on the cages at eye level.

(8) Bear Cave: Students move through a tunnel on their belly using their arms and legs.

(9) Frog’s Lily Pad: Sitting on scooters, students place a frog bean bag on their head and try to balance it while they scooter to a lily pad and place the frog on top. (Lily pad is a green upside down equipment bucket with pictures of lily pads taped on it.)

(10) Peacock Balance: Students sit in a stationary position on scooters and try to balance a peacock feather on their hand or finger.

The students moved through all ten stations continuously like an obstacle course as they pretended to drive “golf carts” through our school zoo.

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