Plate Aerobics

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

Students will practice basic aerobics moves while trying to stay positioned on paper plates, this aids in coordination.

Grade Level: K - 2nd


Length of Time: As Desired

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Objectives & Outcomes

Learners should be able to attempt all moves and complete at least 50 percent fully.

Materials Needed

  • Large open area for children to spread out
  • Two large paper plates per child


Opening to Lesson

Begin by asking students to reach up to the sky. Next have them jump up in the air and land on their feet. Try taking two big steps forward. Now bend over and touch your feet. Continue through several more age appropriate exercises. Now ask students if they could do these moves without moving their feet.

Body of Lesson

  • Offer each student two paper plates.
  • Demonstrate how to lay the plates on the ground and stand with one foot on each.
  • Tell students that you are going to say a specific move, like touch your toes, and they will be expected to complete that move, but they cannot move their feet from the plates.
  • Allow students to practice each move several times to see if they can do it without moving their feet from the paper plates.
  • Repeat through several different moves, including walking (sliding), etc.


Once all exercises have been attempted ask students which were the hardest to complete while staying on the plate. What exercise can they think of that would be possible on the plates?

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Assessment & Evaluation

Assessment and evaluation will be based on participation, following direction, and simple observation

Modification & Differentiation

Depending on the disability some moves may need to be modified for students.

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