Knights of The Round Table



Knights of The Round Table

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 5
Equipment: 3-4 mats, 10-15 gator balls, 20 pins, 6-8 scooters, & 20 polyspots (set pins on) Grade: 3-8
Purpose: Cardiovascular Fitness, Throwing Skills, Movement in General Space, Muscular Strength, & Teamwork.
Time: 15-25 Minutes


Lay the mats across the gym to divide the play area in half. Set up ten pins on each end line (castles). Divide the class into two teams and each team begins on their own side of the play area. Assign each student one of the following roles:

  • Pages – collect  balls and bring them to their team’s Catapults (Aerobic Fitness).
  • Catapults – lay on their backs on their backs ready to perform a curl-up (throwing balls to knock down castles: Muscular Strength & Endurance).
  • Knights – sit on horses (scooters) and protect the castles (Muscular Strength, & Flexibility).

The team that knocks over all the pins (castles) first is the winner.

Concerns: Be Careful when throwing a ball! Students are not allowed to throw a ball at another student!!
This idea is from: Scott Carlson, Muskego-Norway School District, Wisconsin. 


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Line Tag

Line Tag

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State Standards: 3
Equipment: gym with lots of lines, 2-3 bean bags (anything to pass/tag with) Grade: K+ (higher grades I use as a quick warm up
Purpose of Event: Following directions, balance on lines, body control
Time:10-15 minutes
Description:I choose 2-3 students to be taggers. I give them a bean bag.  All students must walk on the lines of the gym.  I don’t allow “passing”  when you meet another student on the same line as you. We call it a road block and someone will need to turn around.  If you get touched/tagged by the bean bag, the person who was the “tagger” passes the bean bag off to whomever they tagged.  Bean bags should be switching people often.  I have a “no tag back” rule (you can’t tag the person that tagged you).
Concerns: Bean bags are never to be thrown at people. If the taggers are “getting” kids, add a few more bean bags
This idea is from: Mark Harming, Physical Education Teacher: Chamberlain Elementary

Diamond Tag

Diamond Tag

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State Standard: 1, 3
Equipment:  5-6 soft foam objects (balls or discs for tagging, I use noodles) 4 bases (bases should be large, floor tape might work best)  Music Grade: 3+
Purpose of Event: Increase heart rate
Time: 5-7 minutes, quick warm up
Description:Assign 5-6 players to be “taggers”, all other players are the “runners” and stand on the bases. When the music starts, the runners attempt to run clock wise (or counter clock wise) around the bases, keeping track of how many times they make it around without being tagged.  The taggers attempt to tag runners with the foam object (no throwing).  When tagged the two players switch roles and continue playing. there are no “tag backs”.  

Students can run or walk to the next base.  Once you leave a base, you have to go to the next base.  No “puppy guarding” bases. And limit number of runners on a base to 2 (or 3).   Taggers can move in any direction.

I treat it more like “track” and handing off a baton rather than a “tagger”.

Concerns: Make sure all runners are going the same way, tag safely, rock paper scissors for any arguments.
This idea is from: Curt Hinson He has a great book called Fitness for Children; call 888-217-9131 to order

True & False Tag

True False Tag 

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State Standards: 1, 3, 4
Equipment: None (Noodles for tagging if needed) Grade: 3+
Purpose of Event: Work on Listening skills, directions, quick game, lots of movement,
Time: Quick Filler 3-5 minutes
Description: Partner the students, Line them facing partner, on center line in the gym.

One end of gym (i.e.. West) will be known as the TRUE side, other end of the gym (i.e.. East) will be known as the FALSE side.

Instructor will call out statements, which will be true or false and the students will need to decide if it is true or false.  If the statement is True, the students on the TRUE side run to the West end and try to cross the base line before the partner on the FALSE side touches them. If the True student gets to the line with out being touched, they get a point, if the False side touches the TRUE student before they get to the West line, the False student gets the point. (I don’t do anything with the points, some kids want to know, some kids don’t care, I don’t stress keeping points.)  When I say statements that are FALSE, the False side runs to the East and the TRUE side tries to tag the False students before the FALSE student gets to their line.

Going the wrong directions! Some kids will go to the wrong side.  If I say a True statement, and the False student runs to the East, the True student gets the point, this encourages them to really listen and think things over before they act!

The Statements can be anything, I like to do this activity on the first day, so they can find out things about me, and my rule and expectations. I also do some that are just plain silly!   For example,  I would say: “In PE this year, we will NEVER do sit-ups!”  That would be FALSE.  I also say statements that some of the kids might not know the answers to, and will have to guess.

Extras: You may only tag your partner, and nobody else. Once you have decided to run to the West or East, you may not change your mind.  Get back to the line as soon as you get to the base line, or are tagged.


Concerns: As with any Tag game, pushing and not tagging can happen! I like to have my kids tag with water noodles.  I cut mine in thirds so they aren’t as long, and they use those to tag.   Base line: is this the line at the end of the gym that I have my students run too.  You can pick any line you want, or make one with cones, or floor tape.  Just make sure it is far enough away from walls so they can’t “crash” into the wall at the end of the run.  Finally, stress running STRAIGHT LINES!  Kids that “swerve” will run into other kids.
This idea is from several different workshops!  Sorry! Can’t remember for sure, but I think Dr. Curt Hinton!