“People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” I’m not sure where that quote came from and I know it’s not new, but I do think it’s a great quote! Whether you apply it to a vacation, a big event at school, or your daily teaching, it’s true. Like most of you, doing lesson plans wasn’t one of my favorite things in the world but I learned quickly if I didn’t have good lesson plans, the day didn’t go well. I also realize that the more experience we have, the less “formal” the written plans become but, those important details always need to be considered. In order to not fall into the “busy, happy, good” type of teacher key components of a lesson need to be considered (NASPE Standard addressed, purpose/goal/outcome of the lesson, assessment, transitions, safety, equipment distribution, etc.). I realize there are many formats for writing lesson plans and I’ve used several but the content is typically the same. Below is a sample plan for a “Skillastics® Let’s Move in School” lesson. Hopefully it will be helpful and serve as a reminder that we do need a plan!
Let’s Move in School Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan’s Authors: Sandy Slade and Rhonda Holt
Lesson Title: Let’s Move Together
Target Audience/Grade Level: 3rd-6th grade
Student Participation Number: one or two classes depending on available space
Teaching Location: Gym or Outdoor Playing Area
Lesson Goal: Students will work together in small groups to perform a variety of throwing, catching, jumping and running activities
Psychomotor—Students will perform the designated throwing, jumping and running skills
Cognitive—Students will be able to identify activities to practice at home or during recess
Affective—Students will be able to demonstrate cooperation and teamwork during the activity
National Physical Education Standards:
Standard 3—Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 5—Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Lesson Equipment: Let’s Move in School Skillastics® Activity Kit, 6 poly spots or markers, 3 x 5 card and pencil for each student
Safety: Remind students to watch where they are going when moving to and from the mat, remind students to do each activity correctly so everyone in their group feels safe
Lesson Plan Details:
Instant Activity: “Walkie Talkie” 5-8 minutes
When the music is playing, students find a partner and walk fast or jog slowly in the designated area while discussing their favorite activities to do at recess or at home. When the music stops, students have 5 seconds to find a new partner. When the music starts again, students start moving and share their favorite activity with the new partner.
Introductory Activity: 3-5 minutes
Review safety, rules and any LMIS Skillastics® activities that may need clarification, assign the repetition level for the day, quickly divide students into 6 teams
Main Activity: Play “Let’s Move in School Skillastics®” 20-25 minutes
Students will play the Skillastics® game according to the designated rules.
Lesson Closure/Assessment: “3-2-1 Let’s Move” 5-8 minutes
Each student will complete the assessment on a 3 x 5 note card. Using the activities from Let’s move in School Skillastics® they will determine the activities they would choose for each of these items:
3 activities they like the best
2 activities they would like to practice at recess
1 activity they would teach their family and practice them at home
Sandy Slade is the CEO & Founder of Skillastics®, the #1 on-site and virtual physical activity resource for groups of children of all sizes. The on-site programs are designed around Skillatsics Activity Kits. These Activity kits include an innovative technique of play, executed on an oversize mat, where up to 100 children can play at one time.
The virtual programs provide students with an amazing variety of physical activity experiences that consist of 30 days of content lasting 30-40 minutes a day taught by national experts.
Skillastics® is enjoyed by over 10 million students in more than 25,000 Physical Education and After School settings nationwide.