- To engage students in a fun and active relay game that promotes physical activity, coordination, teamwork, and problem-solving.
- To introduce the concept of a “safe zone” and adapt the game for different grade levels.
- Beanbags or soft objects.
- Cones, polyspots, mats, river stones, markers for setting up the relay course.
- Visual cues for the “safe zone” (colored markers or signs).
Lesson plan adapted from Tweet by @CoachONeil2010
Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin by discussing the concept of a “lava monster” and the rules of the game.
- Explain that students will be participating in a relay game that involves crossing a lava-filled course without touching the floor.
- Optional read aloud: Harry and the HOT LAVA
Warm-Up (5 minutes):
- Lead students in a brief warm-up, including stretching and light exercises, to prepare for the game.
Lava Monsters Relay Game (10-20 minutes):
- Set up a relay course with cones or markers. Create a safe zone using colored markers or signs, and place beanbags at the opposite end.
- Divide students into teams or groups based on their grade level, ensuring an even mix of ages if possible.
- Each team takes turns sending one player at a time to retrieve a beanbag from the far end of the course and return it to their team’s bucket.
- Emphasize that students cannot touch the “lava” (floor) at any point.
- Introduce the “lava monster” (teacher or a designated student) who tries to tag the other students during their run. If a student is tagged, their turn is over, and they must return to their team’s starting point.
Discussion (5 minutes):
- After the game, gather the students for a discussion.
- Talk about the challenges they faced, teamwork, and the concept of a “safe zone.”
Adaptations for Different Grades (10 minutes):
- Modify the game to suit different grade levels:
- For younger students (K-2), use a shorter course and provide more visible safe zones.
- For older students (3-5), make the course longer and add more challenging obstacles.
Cool Down (5 minutes):
- Finish with a cool-down activity, such as deep breathing or gentle stretching exercises.
Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Recap the key points of the lesson, including teamwork, problem-solving, and the importance of the safe zone concept.
- As an extension, have students create their own safe zone signs or markers using art supplies.
This lesson plan incorporates physical activity and fun while teaching students important concepts like teamwork and problem-solving. It can be adapted to suit different grade levels and abilities, making it an inclusive and engaging activity for all students.