Week 3 Own Space (b)

Kindergarten Games Own Space – Hoop Exploration
Equipment Needed

Cones, Hoops, Spots

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards
Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes
  1. demonstrate the concept Own Space.
  2. Find a space to work not near any other students or object in the room.
  3. Find at least three different ways to travel to an own space.
  4. Travel quickly to an own space.
  5. create two different shapes with their body while in their own space.
  6. gain strength and flexibility through movement and stretching exercises.
  7. manipulate and creatively explore activities with a hoop in own space.
  1. describe the concept Own Space.
  1. move safely among other children as they travel through space.
  2. actively participates in the lesson activities and exercises.
  3. have fun.
Entrance Routine
This entrance routine is specific to your school community.
Part 1



10 Minutes

Review the concept of Own space.  Give the students the direction to get a hoop from around the boundaries and put it in a great own space.  Once they have a great own space, tell them to show you a stretch they remember inside their hoop. Point out the students who find own spaces and are stretching quickly.

Continue giving them directions to find a new own space and putting their hoop down on the ground, giving the students a task to do once they are in their own space.

(To the children:)

“When I say go, find another own space for your hoop:

  • When you get to a new own space and your hoop is on the ground, travel around the outside of your hoop.
  • When you get to a new own space and your hoop is on the ground, travel in and out of your hoop.
  • When you get to a new own space and your hoop is on the ground, make a funny face inside your hoop.
  • Remember the hoops should all have a place far from all the other hoops. Go.”
  • Continue giving the children ideas to do inside and outside of their hoop after they find new own spaces.


Differentiation  Strategies:


Keep the task basic, to find a safe own space.  Reinforce any safe own space with specific positive praise to demonstrate to the other children what you expect.

Continue to give a countdown, motivating the children to decide quickly so that you don’t have long down times between tasks.


Each time you instruct the students to find a new own space, focus on the answer to the problem once they get to the new own space.

Teaching Tip: Anytime you can give the children responsibility in your lessons’; like finding their own space before they begin the task, you will build the child’s self-esteem.  You will find you have less discipline issues the more responsible your students become. The students buy into the tasks because they have a choice!

Part 2

New skill or concept

10 Minutes

Continue having the children move to new own spaces and do specific tricks with the hoop.

Tricks can include;

  • Rotate the hoop around your waist.
  • Rotate the hoop around various other body parts
  • Toss the hoop up and catch
  • Roll it around your own space.
  • Jump with it
  • Balance your hoop and go through like a door.

Teaching Tips:

The focus of this activity is that the children continue to be in safe own spaces as they manipulate the equipment.  As the children work, they will shift their own spaces.  Keep the focus on safe own spaces by stopping the children anytime you notice they are no longer in safe own spaces (as a group) and ask them to find better, safer own spaces and then continue to work on the task.  As you rotate through the class while they are working, you can talk with individual children who are not in safe own spaces, asking them to evaluate their own space and then find a safer one before continuing to practice the task with the hoop.

Cross-curriculum Connections:

Own space is a classroom management tool, not only helpful for safety but also quick organization.

For Example:  If you would like to have quite book time, you can give the students responsibility by asking them to find a book and go to an own space and read or look at their book.

Part 3


5 – 10 minutes

Give the students a chance to create their own trick.  The most important part of their trick is that it is done in own space.  Choose students who are staying in own space to reward by using them as examples.

Let the students who are staying in own space with their tricks show off for the rest of the class.  If it happens that everyone is staying in own space, then do your best to let them all show off!

Part 4

Stretching & closure

3 -5 minutes

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.  Ask them to put the hoops away and get a mat of the same color.  Put the mat in an own space and get ready for stretches.

After stretching, have the students pair share, with a partner who has the same color mat, about their favorite hoop tricks.

When they are finished they can put their mat away and line up!

Additional Part 3 activities 

If you teach your children more than once per week, you can use these activities to give your students more opportunities to reinforce the concept and be successful movers. Because this will be a review lesson I refer to it as a “Part 3″ lesson.  Review the concepts previously taught in part one, or do a fitness activity.  After your students are warmed up, begin the part 3 activity to reinforce the concept of own space and hoop exploration.

Cooperative Musical Hoops

Begin with enough hoops for all the children.  Everyone starts inside their own hoop.  When the music plays, everyone travels around inside the boundaries, avoiding the hoops.  When the music stops, everyone freezes in the nearest hoop.  Do this a couple times.  When the children are all safely getting to the closest hoop when the music stops move onto the next step.

Remove one hoop each time the music stops.  NO ONE IS ELIMINATED in this game.  As the hoops become less and less, the cooperative part comes in because the children must help everyone, by calling out and making room, get inside a hoop before the music can begin again!  It gets really fun or funny as there are less and less hoops and more and more children fitting into the hoops that are left.  Stop; and start the game over after you get to one hoop!  (each child only has to have a body part inside the hoop to count.

Hoop trains

Everyone begins in their own hoop.  It’s time to pretend you are on a train.  As you travel around inside your hoop, look for someone to link up with.  continue to hold your hoop with one hand and hold the new part of the train with your other hand.  See how many cars we can get linked up before the music stops!

Play something fun, like train music! The “Train Alphabet Song” is a great cool down activity where everyone can pretend to be part of the train as they travel and say the ABC’s!

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