Week 23: Striking with a Hockey Stick or Foam Stick





Striking with a Hockey stick or Foam stick on the ground


Equipment Needed

Cones, Spots, Hockey sticks or foam sticks, yarn balls and/or balloons, music

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes


  1. Travel at least three different ways while holding the hockey stick.
  2. Place the hockey stick on the ground each time the teacher says freeze or stop.
  3. Demonstrate safe playing with the hockey stick by keeping the hockey stick in a low level while traveling.


  1. Verbally describe the two safety points regarding the hockey sticks; A. Keeping two hands on the stick. B. Keep the blade on the ground while you are holding the stick.
  2. Verbally discuss the need to look where you are going when traveling with the hockey stick.


  1. Demonstrate Safe Handling of the Hockey Stick while traveling around the space and among the other students.
  2. Have Fun




Entrance Routine
Welcome.  Stand in an own space and show me hopping and jumping in your own space.

As they find their own spaces, ask the children which they are doing, a jump or a hop?

Part 1


5 Minutes

Warm up with a travel stop song to practice stopping.  Encourage the students to try different ways of traveling each time the music starts again.
Get a foam/hockey stick.  Go to your own space and put the stick down on the floor in front of you.  Show me jumping or hopping over the stick in your own space.

As they find their own spaces, ask the children which they are doing, a jump or a hop?

Part 2

New skill or concept

10 Minutes

Introduce Hockey Sticks – 2 minutes.

Stay in your own space. Who knows the name of what I am holding? (A hockey stick) This is used for a game called hockey. You are going to travel around, just like you were doing a minute ago, but you are going to travel with your hockey stick. There are two very important safety rules for the hockey sticks.

1. Always have two hands on your hockey stick. Like this. (Demonstrate what you mean.)

2. Always keep the hockey blade on the ground, even when you are traveling. Like this. (Demonstrate what you mean.)

If you don’t have hockey sticks explain to the children that you will be using the foam sticks to strike the yarn ball on the floor.  Explain that the tip of the stick (easiest if it is marked with tape on the tip) will be in a low level near the ground today in order to hit the yarn ball along the ground.

Remember, any time you are holding your equipment and I say stop or freeze, you should put your equipment on the ground in front of you until I say go again.

Travel with Hockey Sticks: 5-7 minutes

When I say go, I want you to travel around the room, holding your hockey stick with both hands, and keeping the tip/blade on the ground. each time I say freeze, you should stop, put the stick on the ground. Ready go.

Freeze! think of the next way you will travel. When I say go, show me the new way of traveling with your hockey stick. (keep the time between stop and go commands short so that they have to think of lots of ways to travel, and they won’t have time to get bored with the task.)

Instruct your students to keep the blade of the stick in contact with the ground any time they are moving around space. If you see students consistently traveling with the stick off the ground, introduce the high stick rule, “If you are traveling with your stick off the ground, that is called high stick. If I catch you, I will hold you’re your stick and you will have to go into the penalty box for 1 minute.” As you walk around the students while they travel, be sure to enforce that rule. This will lay great groundwork for the future when they are playing games. When you say stop, the students should place their stick on the floor. Be sure to keep them moving with a variety of directions.

2. As the students are traveling around, I will point out cool ways of traveling. Different locomotor moves, levels, directions and different body parts that are being used.

Keep your stick on the ground in your own space.
Part 3


10 Minutes

Now I am going to put on music and you are going to travel with the stick when the music plays, when the music stops you should freeze and place the stick on the ground. Find different ways to travel each time the music plays again.

Wow, that was good listening. Now this time when you freeze, remember the stick must be on the ground, but think of a way you can freeze your body in a cool shape, without touching the stick, but the shape will be around your stick!

Use a travel and stop song from the movement CD’s. This will allow you to move around the room calling out the cool ways that you see the class traveling with the sticks. These CD’s also have random lengths of time for the music segments so the students will not get used to a pattern of time for traveling and stopping. This will reinforce their listening skills.

Put your stick away and get a mat for stretches.  Put the mat in an own space inside our boundaries.
Part 4

Stretching & closure

Taking it Home

5 Minutes

Cool Down

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.


  1. How do you hold the stick when you are moving? With two hands
  2. Where does the top or tip of the stick go when you are traveling? In a low level, on or very close to the ground.

Closure/Taking it home

Find something that you can safely use as a stick at your house.  Make sure that an adult says it’s OK! Get a pair of socks and ball them up to make a ball.  Practice moving the ball on the ground using your stick.