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Here students “ice skate” with straight, curved and zigzag pathways

Subject:

P.E. & Health  

Grades:

K, 1, 2  

Title – Ice Skating Pathways
By – Brittany Marcinkowski
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – K-2

Procedure:

  • Explain the concepts and cues for the pathways:
    • straight ( like a pencil/like a line )
    • curved (like the letter “C”/like a circle)
    • zigzag ( moving in a line, coming to a point, and making sharp turns )
  • Have students move through general space while making different pathways.
  • Give each student a pair of “skates” ( colored construction paper ) to put underneath their feet and slide on.
  • Students must keep their feet on the construction paper while listening to the “skating instructor” (you ).
  • Explain to the students that they are on a big, frozen lake, surrounded by miles of snowy land and trees.
  • Tell the students that they will be skating today and that they will have to change their pathways as they move so they do not skate/slide into other skaters.
  • Have students skate around the frozen lake using straight, curved, and zigzag pathways.
  • Call out different combinations of pathways for the students to make.
  • Observe to make sure they are making the pathways correctly.
  • Then, ask them to design a pattern made up of the different pathways and practice “freestyle skating” that pattern in the “snow” until they can do it exactly the same each time.
  • Have winter accessories ( gloves, hats and scarves ) or add music to make it even more fun and exciting!

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