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Quick and easy PE games

Rachael Kerr

Health / Physical Education Grades 2 – 7

Here are a few quick and easy PE games for the non-athletic teacher (like me!). All students can participate.

1. Hockey

Equipment

2 tightly rolled and taped newspapers or soft bats, a blackboard duster or soft ball, 2 chairs or goals (not too far apart)

Setting up

Divide students into 2 teams. Number each team from 1 to however members in the team (e.g. if you have 20 students, each team will be numbered 1 – 10). If you have an odd number, give a sporty child 2 numbers. Get the teams to sit down facing each other, on opposite sides of a basketball court. Put the equipment in the middle of the court and the goals up the 2 far ends.

K I D S

G O A L bats and ball G O A L K I D S

Playing the game

Call out a number. The 2 players with that number (1 from each team)run into the middle, grab a bat and have to try to hit the ball through their goal. The first to do so gets a point for their team. Then they sit down and another number is called. You can also call 2 or 3 numbers at a time and play as mini-teams.

The End

When a certain number of points is reached or time is over.

2. Whole-class basketball

The problem with basketball is that it involves only a limited number of students. Here are 2 ways around that.

Sidelines Basketball

Divide class into 2 teams. 10 players (5 from each team) to play at 1 time. The others line up along the sidelines. If players are in trouble on the court, they can pass to their team mates on the sidelines, who then pass to another team mate. Sideliners cannot shoot for goal. Swap teams every 10 mins.

Ins and Outs

Divide class into teams of around 5 (e.g. 25 students = 5 teams). Number them. Call 2 numbers. Those 2 teams run in and start playing until they score a goal or a time limit is reached. Then they sit down and 2 other teams play.

Developing shooting skills in basketball

Knockout

Students line up one behind the other. The student at the front stands on the free throw line (or closer depending on age and skill of players) and shoots for the ring. Let’s call the players in line A, B and C. If A shoots and gets a goal, he’s still ‘in’. He goes to the back of the line. If A misses and B gets a goal, A is ‘out’. If B also misses, ‘A’ is still in. Keep going until only 1 player is left.

Around the world

If you examine the key of the basketball court you’ll notice there are small lines bisecting it at various points. Students have to stand on these points (starting at 1 end) and move around point by point by shooting a goal from each one. If you get a goal, go to the next point. If you miss, stay there until you get a goal. First one around the key wins.


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