Prek Week 16 Directions: Sideways

Lesson 16 Movement- Sideways traveling & Locomotor moves – PPT 





Directions – Sideways


Equipment Needed

Control Cones, Safety Rules Poster, Stretching Station Cards, Through Station Card, Yarn Balls, PowerPoint: Directions/ Sideways – Week 16, Hoops, Yarn Balls, 36 Multi Domes, fun movement music, Music Player, color cards. 

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes


  1. Move and work safely among other children.
  2. Travel at least three different ways in each direction; Forward, Backward and Sideways.
  3. Actively participates in the lesson activities and exercises.
  4. Gain strength and flexibility through movement and stretching exercises.


  1. Verbally identify the body parts on the front, back and side of the body.


  1. Have Fun
  2. Play cooperatively with classmates while playing frozen bean bag.





Entrance Routine
Welcome! Stand on a spot inside the boundaries. Have the spots spread out inside the boundaries with the color cards underneath. 
Part 1

Do an activity you have already used to practice forward and backward traveling.

Review the Front and Back Surfaces of the body.

Color Hunt changing directions. Use travel stop music.    Travel to a spot, look underneath to find the color to travel to next.   When the music stops, Change the direction you are traveling when you begin traveling again.  Let’s all start traveling forward first.

Play the game through the whole song.

Alternate Part 1

Listen and Go

Followed by a review of the front and back surfaces of the body and physical practice traveling forward and backwards.

Assessment Strategies:

Ask the children what color they are looking at when they look under the spot for the new color.

Watch to see that they are going to the correct color spots.

Ask the children what direction they are traveling in while the music is playing.

Differentiation Strategies:

Easier: Keep the focus on the color, Insure the students are going to the correct color and can identify the color. Tell the children which direction to travel in as they move.

Harder: Add the choice for direction change later.

Find a spot to stand on.
Part 2
New skill or concept

(To the children:)

“What parts of the body are on the side surface of your body?”

Allow the children to answer, as they do, point out the part on the poster and have the children point to the part on their own body.

“When you travel so the body parts on the side of your body go first, that is called sideways.  Sideways is different than the way we all naturally face or look.  Our eyes are on the front, so in order to see where you are going you have to turn your head to look sideways.”  “When I say go next, travel around the room so that the side surface of your body is going first. Ready, go”

“When you travel sideways, the side of your body always leads you, the body parts on a side of your body should be going first. You have two sides to your body.  A left side and a right side.  Make sure you practice traveling with each side leading.  Can you think of another way of traveling that is sideways?” “It’s ok to try someone else’s idea if it’s safe for you.”

Continue giving the children direction to change the way they are traveling sideways.  Have the children experience at least three different ways to travel sideways.

Assessment Strategies:

As you are calling out new directions, watch to see that the children are responding by traveling in the correct directions.

Differentiation Strategies:


Focus is only on identifying the correct body parts and traveling in the correct direction.


Encourage the children to describe the body parts that are leading them as they travel and to choose a variety of ways to travel in each direction.

Stay in the own space you finished in.
Part 3

“Freeze.  This time as you travel, I will call out a direction.  It will either be forward, backward or sideways.  You can choose the way you will travel, but you must travel in the direction I call out. Ready, travel forwards.”  Let your class travel for 10-15 seconds and then yell freeze.  “Freeze.  This time travel sideways.  Continue to call out the different directions until you are satisfied that your students understand the concept of traveling in each of the three directions.

Forward/Backward/Sideways Music

Choose a travel stop song to play as the children travel.  When the music stops, and the children freeze, call out the new direction to travel in.

Teaching Tips:

When you call out the direction, hold the station card up that corresponds with that direction.  This will help the children make the connection between the word/symbol and the skill they are performing. 

Differentiation Strategies:

Easier –

Begin with all the children traveling to their first cone.  Wait until all the children are at their new cone before traveling to the next cone.

Focus on the direction the students are traveling.  The main focus of this activity is identifying the direction and then using it to travel safely to a new cone.

Get a mat and put it in an own space inside our boundaries.
Part 4
Stretching & closure
Taking it Home
Cool Down

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.

(Straddles to stretch sideways, hamstring stretches to stretch forward and triceps stretch to stretch backward!)

Hamstring Stretch         Hamstring Stretch                     Triceps Stretch


Teaching Tips:

Meet the class meet in your common meeting place to close.  This defines the beginning and end of the lesson.  This is a cognitive review, make sure the children use words to describe the answers and not only their body! 

While you are discussing the body parts, have the 3 posters available and point out the parts on the poster as the children volunteer the answers.  Have the children point to the body part on their own body and say the word each time someone points out a new part. 

  1. What directions did you travel today?  (Forward, Backward and Sideways)
  2. Which body parts are on the front, the back, the side of your body? (ask those one at a time.
  3. Turn to a person next to you and tell each other about your favorite way you traveled today.


Alternate Part 3s

Direction Identification

As you look around our space you will see cones with station cards on them.  The station cards are the body surface cards we have used before.  (Show the children the cards.  Each card tells you the direction to travel.) When the music is playing, you will travel to another cone.  When you get to the cone, look to see which direction use to travel to the next cone you choose.  See if you can travel safely to every cone in our space before the music stops!  Remember, when you travel backwards, look where you are going, not in front!

Teaching Tips:

As the children travel, at least one body part on the surface shown on the station card should lead them to the next cone.

Hoop Directions

  • Travel in a Backward direction to a new hoop.  When you get to the hoop, travel through the hoop in a Backward direction.  Keep traveling to new hoops until I say freeze. (Do this same activity with sideways and then forward.)
  • Travel in any direction you want; forward, backward or sideways, to one of the hoops. When you get to the hoop, go through the hoop using the direction you traveled.  As soon as you get through the hoop, think of a new direction to use as you travel to another hoop.  Remember to use the direction you are traveling to go through the hoop.
  • Change direction before you go through the hoop.
  • Change direction as you are going through the hoop.