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    You have many options for a Gymnastic lesson in your Physical Education lesson.  It doesn’t have to be flips, parallel bars and advanced movements.



    Jog & Search


    Equipment: Index cards


    Grades: 2nd-12th


    • Spread out index cards labeled with exercises all over your gym floor.


    • Have your students jog around the basketball court or designated area.


    • On your whistle the students will sprint to an index card and perform the exercise.


    • Exercise choices: Squats, jumping jacks, wall seats, jump up, balance on one foot, push-ups and curl-ups.


    • Once the student completes the exercise, they return to a slow job around the court until you blow the whistle again.


    Individual Mat Work



    Equipment: 2 X 4 floor mats


    Grades: 1st-5th


    • Balance on 1 foot.


    • Airplane balance on 1 foot with arms out and lean forward.


    • Jump up and perform a 180 and 360.


    • Push-ups.


    • Curl-ups.


    • Jump straight up.


    • Jump up and to the side.


    • Jump forward & back.


    • Air jacks. Jumping while doing a jumping jack.


    • Jump up from a kneeling position to a stand.


    • Hand stands.


    • Walking hand stands.


    Partner Work



    • Squats back to back.


    • Lifts: Stand back to back, hook elbows and lift your partner off the floor. Take turns back and forth. 


    • Face your partner, grab hands, touch toe to toe and lean back as if your sitting in a chair.


    • Balance on a partner. One partner gets on all fours and another partner does the same on their back.


    • Same as above from a standing position. (Piggy back)


    • Partner does push-ups while the other holds them up by their ankles.


    • A,B,C Push-ups with a partner. Slap hands while doing push-ups each time you come up.


    • Groups of 3.  All 3 partners hold hands while 1 of the partners attempt to jump over the arms of the other two.


    • One partner down on all four’s and the other partner in the same position, but on top of their partner.


    • Falling correctly.  Hold your partner’s hands while leaning back ward and let go.  Strike hands on the mat as you fall.



    Gymnastic Stations



    Equipment: Mats, balance beams, cones


    Grades: 3rd-8th


    • Balance beam station.  Low to the ground walking, cartwheels.


    • Rolling station.  Use a high mat 2-3 feet in thickness. Run up and log roll or forward roll.


    Rock Wall Station


    CLICK HERE for more rock wall activities.


    Tumbling station


    Equipment: Mats


    Grades:  K-5th



    • Log rolls.


    • Forward rolls.


    • Back rolls.


    Rope Swing Station



    Equipment: You’ll need a rope attached to your ceiling & a 6-12 inch thick mat.


    Grade: 2nd-6th


    • Students will swing over the mat.


    Rope Climb Station


    • I recommend a 2-3 ft thickness in your mat with a teaching spotting. 


    Box Jump Station


    • Use different heights for ability.


    Plank Station


    • Front and side planks.


    • Wall seats.


    Moving Station


    • Bear crawls


    • Army crawls






    • Jumps 


    • Leap frogs with a partner or group.  Jump over partner back as the bend over.


    • Wheel barrel with one  partner holding the ankles while the other walks on their hands.


    • Double Wheel barrel. First partner in push-up position with feet resting on partners shoulders.  2nd player in push-up position with other partner holding the ankle’s.


    • Walking hand stands.


    Balance before the beam


    Equipment: Mats


    Grades: K-5th


    • Balance on one foot. Flamingo style.


    • Chair seat.

    • Feet and hands only with rear up in the air.


    • One foot touch side of your other leg and both hands together above your head.


    • Stretch over to side, with arm out.

    • Head down and foot up.

    • Advanced side plank.

    • Advanced balance.

    • Advanced balance split.

    • Elbow balance.

    Balance Beam activities


    Equipment: Benches & Mats to be place underneath the benches or beams.


    Grades: K-5th




    • You can use a bench if you don’t have a balance beam’s.  They’re wider and less expensive.


    • Crawl across.


    • Hands and feet only.


    • Crab crawl forward and backward.


    • Army crawl.


    • Straddle walk sideways.


    • Run.


    • Hop.


    • Jump.


    • Walk backwards.


    • Turning in circles.


    • Pause half way and stand on one foot.


    • Pause on one knee.


    • Pause and balance on one foot leaning forward.


    • Forward & backward dismount practice.


    Obstacle Course


    CLICK HERE to see a obstacle/ninja warrior course to give you some ideas for your class.




    • There is no set way to set up a obstacle course, but I recommend requiring your students to perform a balance movement after each apparatus. 


    • Log Roll on a mat.


    • Walk on a low balance beam.


    • Crawl thru a tunnel.


    • Swing on a rope.


    • Perform 3 cartwheels on a mat.


    • Walk on hands and feet in a push-ups.


    • Jump from 2 X 2ft mats with touching the ground.  Place a thin mat underneath. Similar to how Ninja warrior begins.


    • Army Crawl.


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