Butterfly Stretches

Brittany Zae

This lesson is designed to help students learn the importance and reasons for exercise through multiple activities and discussions.

Grade Level: 1 - 3rd

Subject: P.E.

Length of Time: About 45 Minites

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Objectives & Outcomes

Students will learn the butterfly stretch and that it focuses on the hip abductors; Students will also be able to increase stamina through the execution of the game.

Materials Needed

  • cones


Opening to Lesson

Tell students they are going to go outside to put their flying skills to the test, “Let’s see how busy you honey bees can really get!”

Body of Lesson

Direct Teaching

Before taking the students out to the field area, draw the game on the board “Pollination Creation”


Choose who will be “it” for the game. Using cones, mark two lines on each end of a large play area or field. The flower will stand in the middle of the two lines.


The Flower calls out “ Come _____ in my field.” (The blank is filled in by what the players must do as they are crossing the field. Hop, twirl, swim, run, run backwards, etc.) Then the players must follow the command and try and make it to the other side of the field without being tagged by the flower. Any player that is tagged becomes a flower in the field and has to stand in the spot where they were tagged. This continues from side to side.

Guided Practice 1

Student Leaders (Team Captains) will lead the students in a Warm up activity and Stretching. Warm up is predetermined in the classroom (i.e. light jog, jumping jacks, walking, etc) to get blood pumping before stretching. Team captains are responsible for choosing the stretches and demonstrating them to the students before doing them the whole class counts for 10-second holds, led by team captains. Last stretch- butterfly stretch- is introduced to students by the teacher. Explains that this stretch helps your hip abductors and will help prevent injury to your lower back. 

Guided Practice 2

Have the “team captains” and “Coaches” demonstrate the activity by playing one round for the class to observe.

Independent Practice

Students will play the game. The teacher will monitor for safety and use the whistle as a stop and start signal. For students that may not be able to participate can be the “Bee Keepers” and assist with managing the game for safety and fairness.)


  1. What did you learn today?
  2. Who asked a good question/contributed to today’s lesson?
  3. What did you like about today’s activity?
  4. How can we make it better next time?
  5. How can we use this outside of the classroom? or Why is this important to the world outside our classroom?
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Assessment & Evaluation

Through guided questions, close monitoring and informal observation; the teacher will be able to assess student’s ability and understanding of the subject being introduced. Through individually assessing during independent practice and reviewing during guided practice the teacher will be able to evaluate students.

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