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Cooperative Games – The Hungry Snake
P.E. & Health
2, 3, 4
Title – Cooperative Games – The Hungry Snake
By – Becky Schrantz
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 2-4
The Hungry Snake
Materials: Up to 40 objects – balls, yarn balls, bean bags or small cones. Also 2 ball bags or light garbage cans if possible.
The gym is split in two and the class is divided into two teams (2 snakes). The objects (trash) are spread out around the gym with an even number of objects (trash) on each side.
The class is lined up in two straight lines behind the leaders (head of snake). The rest of the students are connected by holding the person’s shirt or shoulders in front of them (body of the snake). The last student in each line will be holding the ball bag or garbage can (stomach).
The snake must travel around the gym in a single file being guided by the head of the snake. The head of the snake picks up as many pieces of trash as possible and passes the trash through every person in line all the way to the stomach. The last person in line then puts the trash in the stomach.
Which ever team has the most trash in the stomach at the end is the winner.
Variations: The teacher only allows use of left hand, only can pass under legs or garbage can only be collected for a certain amount of time.
Teaching Suggestions: Allow different students to lead the snake, make sure the trash is being passed through the entire body or add music for excitement.
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