- Students will be able to move their bodies in different ways, including locomotor skills, manipulative skills, and non-locomotor skills.
- Students will be able to work together as a team to complete tasks.
- Students will be able to use their imaginations to create and act out different scenarios.
- Students will be able to create a visual representation of the paper dolls. (Optional art project)
- Copy of The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
- Open space
- Obstacles (e.g., cones, hula hoops, jump ropes, tunnels)
- Short pool noodles (Optional, if prefer no hand holds)
- Art supplies (e.g., paper, crayons, markers, scissors) (Optional)
- Read the book or play read aloud video.
- Explain to the students that they will be working in groups of 3-5 people for the entire lesson.
- Have the students form their groups and hold hands (or hold a short pool noodle if needed).
- Explain to the students that they will be performing all of the exercises and activities in their groups.
- Have the students hold hands and perform the following movements together as a team:
- Backwards walking
- Weaving through obstacles
- Following a leader
- Mirror dancing
- Create an obstacle course that includes a variety of challenges, such as:
- Crawling through a tunnel
- Jumping over cones
- Balancing on a beam
- Throwing a ball into a hoop
- Climbing over a ladder
- Have the students complete the obstacle course while holding hands (or holding a short pool noodle if needed)
Modifications for kids with special needs:
- If a student has difficulty holding hands, they can hold a short pool noodle instead.
- An adult can join one of the groups to provide assistance and support.
- Modified exercises or obstacle course
Observe the students during the warm-up, obstacle course, and optional art project to assess their ability to move their bodies in different ways, work together as a team, use their imaginations, and create a visual representation of the paper dolls. You can also ask the students questions about the lesson, such as:
- What was your favorite part of the lesson?
- How did you work together as a team?
- What creative things did you do during the lesson?
- What do you like about the paper dolls you created? (Optional art project)
Tips for working with groups:
- Make sure that all students are actively participating in the activities.
- Encourage students to communicate and cooperate with each other.
- Provide positive feedback and reinforcement to all students.
- Be patient and understanding, especially when working with students with special needs.
This lesson is a fun and challenging way for students of all abilities to practice their physical fitness, teamwork, creativity, and artistic skills. It is also a great way to introduce them to the book The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson.
Optional art project:
- Have the students create their own paper dolls. They can do this by drawing or cutting out paper dolls.
- Once the students have created their paper dolls, they can decorate them with crayons, markers, or other art supplies.
- The students can then display their paper dolls in the classroom or take them home.