Ski to the Finish Line

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This plan will allow students to practice coordination while staying physical. Students will demonstrate moving straight, backwards, and in a zig-zag pattern.

Grade Level: K - 2nd

Subject: P.E.

Length of Time: 10 - 40 Minutes

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Objectives & Outcomes

Learners will be able to demonstrate age appropriate physical skills while ‘skiing’.

Materials Needed

  • Two paper plates per student
  • Plastic will also work if strings are tied onto shoes with same strings punched through plates. *Plastic plates are slick and may cause falls*
  • Cones


Opening to Lesson

Begin by telling students that they are going to go skiing today. Have a student volunteer show what it means to walk forward, backwards, and in a zig-zag pattern.

Body of Lesson

  • Explain to students that they will practice the demonstrated movements as if they are on skis, but since it cannot snow in the gym/classroom they have to pretend.
  • Give each student a pair of ‘skis’.
  • Two paper plates.
  • Have them stand on the paper plates.
  • Tell students that to ski they cannot lift their feet off the plate.
  • Set up cones for students to ski through and around.
  • Have students go through the cones in the pattern of your choice to demonstrate skills. *Having several sets of cones set up so multiple students can participate at once.
  • Time permitting let students ski the course as a relay with other students.


Have students share how they feel about skiing. Ask if any one move was harder than the others and why.

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Assessment & Evaluation

Students will take turns completing a simple course in which they must move forward, backwards, and in a zig-zag pattern.

Modification & Differentiation

For those with physical disabilities try omitting the plates and simply moving in the correct directions.

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