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In “All the Fish in the Sea,” students cross the ocean while avoiding obstacles
P.E. & Health, Science
K, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1
Title – All the Fish in the Sea
By – Brooke La Dow
Primary Subject – Physical Education
Secondary Subjects – Science
Grade Level – K-5
This activity requires space for movement. Make sure to set up boundaries, including a start and a finish spot.
As a group, discuss different animals in the ocean and how they travel all over it.
Decide on two or three animals (depending on the class size) from the ocean. Divide the class into the two/three groups.
Explain that when their animal group is called they will have to cross the ocean. However, they need to be listening for how to cross the ocean. (Example: All of my octopus can hop across the ocean.) If you call out “All the fish in the sea”, every one needs to cross at the same time.
Lastly, explain how there are other living things in the ocean such as plants. You (the teacher) have become _________. (Examples: seaweed, amoebas, coral, etc.) When they cross the ocean, they have to be careful not to get caught by / get stuck in your plant.
If a student does get caught then they turn into a plant as well and help to catch other animals. When playing the part of the plant, it is important to remember that plants do not move. They can turn around and wave their arms, but they stay in one spot.
Depending on the age, I let the first round go without being caught so they can get the feel for the game. Once the students are at the other end of the ocean, turn around and start again. When they become more familiar with the game, you can start to choose other students to begin as the plants.
With younger students, this game is more manageable with less children, or more adult supervision. They tend to get wound up quicker and are easily upset that they are not the animal they wanted to be.
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