Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement
- several plastic cones
- clipboard, paper, pencil
Objective: Children will develop motor skills and engage in activities that encourage teamwork and creative thinking.
1 Before leaving for the playground, explain to the children that they will be playing several relay games. Ask them to remain as a group when they reach the playground so they can easily organize themselves for the game. Specify an area of the playground where everyone will meet.
2 Ask the children to form a straight line. Draw a thick line with chalk to specify where they should stand. Explain that you would like them to think of different ways to move the ball from the front of the line to the back. Write down the children's ideas and use them to develop each race. As the ball reaches the back of the line, the last person will move to the front.
3 Place a plastic cone a few feet from the front of the line. Invite the children to create a few relay race games using the ball to reach the cone before passing it to the next child in line. Record the children's ideas, then begin.
4 Space several plastic cones a few feet apart. Ask the children to take turns moving the ball with their feet through the cones before passing it to the next person. Invite them to brainstorm other ways to move through the cones.
5 During group time, ask the children to discuss the relay races they played. which one did they like best? Ask them to think of other types of relay races they could do. What other types of objects might they be able to use in a race? Record the children's answers and use their suggestions during outdoor-play time.
Remember: Children this age may get competitive when playing games that involve motor skills. Remind them that there are no winners or losers-just players.
Math: Graphing Race Times Use a digital sports stopwatch to time the children's relay races, and invite the children to take turns timing different races. Keep a list of the different times to record on a graph later. Engage the children in a discussion comparing the different times of each race. Which races were longer? Why were some races quicker?