PreK Week 4 Travel & Stop

The focus of this lesson is to teach the children to start and stop moving on a specific signal while they are manipulating or using equipment. The children should stop instantly and put the equipment on the floor in their own space, when you call stop or freeze.  This is especially important when you expect them to stop for safety reasons.  Interchange use of both “stop” and “freeze” commands.  Using these words every day, on the playground, in the classroom and even moving from one activity to the next will reinforce the concept and begin to develop the concept cross curricular.  During this lesson, your children will also begin looking for open spaces to travel to and experimenting with a variety of ways to travel.

Week 4 Travel & Stop PowerPoint 

Week 4 Travel & Stop Video 

Lesson 4 – Travel/Stop with Equipment
 Equipment Needed
  • 12 -18 Cones or boundary markers
  • 24 vinyl spots or place markers Music
  • Music player/speaker
  • Boundary Station Cards
  • Stop Sign and Go Sign Station Cards
  • Bean Bags
  • PPT slides,
  • Projector (onto wall)/TV
Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards
Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes


  1. move safely among others as they travel through space.
  2. travel within the designated boundaries and stop when given verbal, audio, or visual commands.
  3. show increasing levels of control and balance in traveling by walking, running, jumping, hopping, and marching.
  4. Travel safely in the boundaries while holding or balancing the bean bag on specific body


  1. choose at least three different ways of traveling.
  2. Identify specific body parts verbally and by placing or balancing a bean bag on them.


  1. Have Fun
Entrance Routine
This entrance routine is specific to your school community.
Part 1

Warm-up/ Travel & Stop Review

Class Group Safe


Review the safety rule: Play Safe. See if any of the children remember it from a previous lesson. Today’s lesson teaches the children that following directions for moving and stopping will help them be safe.

Travel stop review

Travel Stop Review

Warm up with traveling through open space, inside the boundaries and stopping on the signal. Remind the children that when you say “travel” it means; move around to all the places inside the boundaries. “Stop or Freeze”, (another word for stop; a good word for stopping because when something is frozen, it cannot move) means; stop moving or stop what you are doing immediately and look at the teacher; stay right where you are. Note that stopping on command is not an option; it must be done for the safety of each child.

Encourage the children to find different ways to travel. After you have practiced traveling and stopping with a voice command, review Travel Stop with music.

  • Consistently use the commands “Go” and “Stop” or “Freeze” in the classroom during the day.
  • Encourage the children to identify the words on signs and other items.
  • Use the color spots in the classroom to signal when to move to the next area or activity, or when to line up, and when to stop.
  • Use movement safety rules as class rules, encouraging children to be safe, Respectful and do their best all day!
  • Encourage the children to identify/read the words “Go” & “Stop”. Use the station cards as flash cards.
Teaching Tip
  • It is a good teaching practice to praise the children that listen and follow directions. It will make them feel successful and will provide the other children a practical cue as to what is expected of them.
Part 2

New skill or concept

(To the children)

“Today you are going to play with the bean bag. When I say stop and you have the bean bag, drop the bean bag to the ground and freeze. When I say go, get a bean bag from a spot around our boundaries, find a safe place to toss and catch your bean bag until I say stop”.

Once I finish the directions and say GO again, you can get a bean bag, The important thing to remember today is safety. When you are traveling around the space it is important to look where you are moving to so that you can find open spaces to travel to, where no other person is traveling. When I say stop you should stop moving and drop the bean bag on the ground, where ever you are, and look at me.  Ready? Go.”

As your children toss and catch, watch to see that they are being safe staying away from each other. Encourage them by pointing out the children that are working in safe places and watching where they are going. Remind them as they play to look for open spaces to work in. Move away from everyone. Look for a space where no one else is. Every few seconds, call freeze and work on stopping and dropping the equipment. Once they are stopping consistently move onto balancing it, or holding the bean bag on different body parts.

Start with head, move to shoulder and then back and stomach. Try traveling while they balance or hold the bean bag on those body parts. Each time you change body parts, call freeze to practice freezing and dropping the equipment.

Travel stop bean bagThe children should stop moving and drop the bean bag whenever you say stop. Praise the children that have stopped immediately. This will reinforce that child’s behavior as well as demonstrate to the rest of the class what the expected behavior should look like.  This will also make the child who is the good example feel really great! Remind the other children that they must stop and drop the bean bag as soon as the music stops.

Encourage the children to travel to all the areas inside the boundaries. Use cue words like; move to open spaces, find places to travel to inside the boundaries where no one else is, try to travel to each place inside our boundaries before the teacher says stop!.

Encourage different ways to traveling besides walking and running by calling out different ways of traveling that you observe, or even some you don’t! Keep practicing until the class as a whole is moving throughout the space inside the boundaries, safely traveling to open spaces. When your children are traveling safely inside the boundaries and stopping when you give the signal, move onto the practice activities.

Assessment Strategy
  • As your children are moving, observe to see that they are staying in the boundaries and traveling safely.
  • Safe traveling includes; traveling to open spaces, staying inside the boundaries, dodging or avoiding other classmates and stopping when signaled.
Teaching Tips
  • Praise the children that stop immediately, demonstrating to the rest of the class what the expected behavior looks like.
  • Use a student’s name whenever possible to provide a visual reinforcement of the skill.
  • Describe the types of traveling you see individual children using.
  • Verbally describe or define the way the individual children are traveling. Some examples are; walk. crawl, jump, slide on their bottom, travel on hands and feet, skip, run, slide sideways, gallop, hop, Crab Walk, Slide on Stomach, etc.
Differentiation Strategies
  • Easier: Focus only on travel and stop. Reward every child who stops on the signal. Safety is the most important piece of this lesson.
  • Harder: Begin shifting the children’s focus on traveling away from everyone, and freezing in places that are not near anyone else by pointing out the children already doing it. Even if it’s by accident at first!
Teaching Tips
  • Challenge the children to choose a new way to travel each time the music begins.
  • Point out the ways you see the children travel to provide visual examples for the other children in class.
Part 3


Continue to practice travel and stopping while holding or balancing the bean bag using music! When the music plays, travel safely inside the boundaries.  When the music stops, freeze and drop the bean bag, where ever you are and look for the teacher.  If you use your own music (music without built in pauses), spend minimal time frozen or stopped, just enough to make sure everyone has stopped & Vary the amount of time traveling.

Make sure to tell the children the new body part to balance or hold the bean bag on.

Balancing and holding the bean bag on different body parts will naturally make most of them try different ways of traveling.  Be sure to point them out!

Assessment Strategy
  • As the children are moving, watch to see that they are all using at least three different ways of traveling and freezing. These do not have to be difficult ways, just different; walk, run, crawl are three different ways of traveling that are all possible for three-year-olds.
  • Watch to see that the children are traveling safely by looking where they are going. See that they travel away from others.
  • Use this time to begin assessing the children’s’ ability to identify specific body parts.
Part 4

Stretching & closure

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.  Ask them to put away the bean bags and get a mat to stretch on.


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