Endline to Endline Team Tag
This activity combines using common age-appropriate locomotor skills with familiarizing students to the various areas of the activity space (e.g., the gym) while reviewing Body Control as a safe way they are expected to move in PE.
- Explain to students that this activity called Endline to Endline Team Tag, will help them remember their team name and practice using safe moving skills and teamwork.
- Remind them that Body Control is standing strong, being in control of their body, and not bumping or banging into things or other people.
- Direct students to line up on either endline and stand an arm’s length apart from the next person.
- Explain that when their team name is called, they will try to move safely from one endline to the other without being tagged by the team designated as “taggers.” If they are tagged, students must Stand and Freeze with one hand up in a “high five” position. They may return to the game when another teammate gives them a “high five.”
- Review how to freeze in position when tagged and how to “high five” someone to unfreeze them.
- Choose a team to volunteer as “taggers.” Instruct them to stand in the center of the activity space. Explain that they will each be given a foam stick or a vest/pinnie to identify them as taggers.
- Remind students that safe tagging means using the foam stick or their hands to lightly tap classmates on the arm or leg. Have volunteers practice with each other.
- Briefly review each team name and roster with students.
- Explain to students that they will need to Stand and Freeze in place until you say go, (team name), then move quickly with Body Control to the opposite side without being tagged.
- If they hear you say, teamwork, teamwork, everybody teamwork, all of the teams should move to an endline at the same time. This challenges students to use Safe Moving Skills when there are many students moving at once. At various times during the activity, stop to count how many students from each team are still in the game. The team who has the most untagged players can take over as the new tagging team for the next round.
- Start music and begin activity by calling out, go, (team name). Students on the team called should attempt to move quickly from one sideline to the other.
- Continue playing by calling each team name at least five times to give students many opportunities to practice safe moving skills and team name recognition.
- Verbally remind students to show off their teamwork skills by helping players from their team who have been tagged and high fiving them to unfreeze them.
Instruct students to move safely to their team area and stand in a Stand and Freeze position.