Each student is given a spot on the floor, this is their personal space, no one else is allowed to be on their spot. We use our hands/arms to make a circle around our bodies, this is also our personal space. Then I walk around the gym walking in the general space. I next have them move in the general space. 1-2 minutes
Now we are ready for the hoops (cars!) I tell each student that their spot is their parking garage, and when the music stops they must go back to the garage right away, when it is playing they can move in the general space, using the locomotor movement that I tell them. The Hoop will be the car, it is their personal space, they are the only person in the car, and they don’t want to touch anyone else, “crash”.
The teacher is known as the Police Officer, or Traffic Cop, and will be looking for safe drivers! Hand each student a Hoop, and have them follow the movement cues. Here are some examples:
|Speed limit: Walking
||Bumpy Road: Skipping
|Narrow Road: Galloping
||School Crossing: Slow Motion Walking
|Road Construction: Leap over Pot holes (spots on floor)
||Flat Tire: Hopping (one foot)
|Interstate driving: Running
||Shiners: All in one line/follow the leader
|Out of gas: take a brake at your spot, and fill up
||Traffic Jam: 5 Bell jumps! (Feet together, jump side to side)
|Raining: Windshield wipers (do 5 Jumping Jacks)
||Emergency: Freeze right where you are!
|Stuck in the mud: Run in place
||Ambulance: to closest wall
|Other modes of transportation’s: sailboat, van, taxi, space shuttle, police car, motorcycle, jet, ship, hot air balloon, tug boat, dump truck, train, canoe, bicycle, lots of possibilities!
Locomotor Movements: run, walk, hop, skip, jump, leap, slide, gallop, step-hopNon-Locomotor Movements: bending, twisting, turning, rocking, swaying, balancing, stretching, pushing, pulling
Fun Stuff: march, swim, robot, stiff, smooth, skate, float, fly, tiptoe, Pac man (stay on lines), slow motion, straight, curvy, zig zag, windy, wide, skinny, centipede (step one foot right in front of other), hard smooth, snowman melting, and that is just a few!
You can also create a license for each student, students not following directions receive a ticket (check mark on the license). Students with 3 check will have their license revoked and be sent to traffic school….time away from the game. Laminate the License and collect them at the end of class.
I have gotten a Transportation Bulletin board set that has 20+ vehicles on it that I hold up so they can see what the vehicles look like, fun visual! They also have the word to go with the photo, so I can add a little spelling in to my class too, Principals love that!