Lesson 1 Boundaries PowerPoint
Lesson 1 Boundaries Video
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 Boundaries and practice moving safely within the boundaries.
Mess Up/Clean Up
In this activity, the children will explore the concept of boundaries by using beanbags and color matching as a concrete way of identifying, but not crossing, the boundaries.
- Introduce the beanbags as new equipment. Have each child get a beanbag to play with as you spread out the remaining beanbags inside the boundaries (minimum two or three items per child is desired). Once the rest of the equipment is spread out, have them all drop their beanbags on the floor. Explain that you need the children’s help in cleaning up the “garbage” on the floor. Demonstrate how to clean up the garbage by picking up a beanbag and placing it on a spot at the boundaries. Have the children continue to pick up the beanbags and place them on any of the boundary spots until the area is cleaned up. Tell the children “When all of the mess is cleaned up, stand near me, inside the boundaries so I know you are ready”. Compliment them on doing a nice job of cleaning up the area, and then tell them they can now make a beanbag mess. “When I say go, I want each of you to safely get a beanbag from the boundaries and bring it inside the boundaries. Then drop it on the floor so we have another big mess. Ready? Go!” Continue the activity, cleaning up and making a mess and encouraging the children to move away from each other and to travel safely.
- a. This time in cleaning up the area, have the children place the beanbags and balls on spots that are the same color as the beanbags and balls. Demonstrate how a red beanbag goes on a red spot, etc. After cleaning up the garbage, have the children mess up the area and play again. Remind the children to stay inside the boundaries even when they are putting the beanbags or balls on the spots.
b. Make it even more fun, don’t wait until the area is all cleaned up before you say, “mess-up” again. Keep alternating, without stopping, the calls of mess up and clean up. Change the amount of time for each activity to keep them listening while they work.
c. Tell the children this time you are going to call out a number and they will pick up that number of beanbags or balls at a time. Have a student demonstrate with two; grab two items and take them to the boundary spots. Remind them to put the items on spots of the same color. After they have placed all the item(s) on the spots, the children are to stop (freeze) and look at you. Have the children mess up the area using a different number of items. Continue choosing different quantities to use as the children gather garbage to clean or mess up inside the boundaries. Assessment Strategy Use this as a visual assessments for one-to-one correspondence in counting objects
- Rainbow/Tornado Talk to the children about Tornados, Hurricanes, or really strong storms. Talk about how they create a big mess and sometimes after a big storm things are thrown all over. Explain that when you mess up the gym during mess-up/Clean-up that it is like a tornado came into the gym. Talk about rainbows and that they come out after a storm and everything looks fresh and clean! That is how the gym looks after we “Clean-up”!
Tell the children they are going to play a game called Rainbow/Tornado. While one partner is the rainbow cleaning up, the other partner is the tornado, messing up, at the same time! Reassure the children they will get to play both parts.
Ask the children to find a friend and sit together shoulder to shoulder. Ask one partner to stand and one to stay sitting. Designate the one standing to be a tornado and one sitting to be a rainbow.
When you say go, they will play the game with both rainbows and tornadoes moving at the same time. Remind the children that the job of the rainbow is to put all the garbage (beanbags and soft balls) on the boundary spots to clean up the area. The tornadoes are to be the wind that moves all the garbage back into the activity area (messing up the area). Demonstrate how this works simultaneously with one pair of children. Caution the children to watch out for each other as they move about as rainbows and tornadoes.
After a few minutes, let the pairs of children switch being tornadoes and rainbows.
Teaching Tip Establish and use a number of different ways to divide the class into pairs or small groups. Consider height, age, closest in proximity, hair color or length, clothing colors, equipment colors, etc.