Subject: Rhythmic Movement
1. Topic-
2. Content-
Introducing various terms will be necessary for students to understand exactly what to do.
1. Inflate- Lifting the parachute up into the air and pulling it down quickly so air keeps it in the air.
2. Deflate- To let the air out of the parachute so it can lay flat on the ground.
3. Dome- Inflating the parachute and holding the outside on the ground so the parachute resembles a dome.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
Work together as a team
4. Objectives-
1. Students will participate in activities that develop muscular strength and endurance.
"2. Students will apply movement concepts such as body and space awareness, relationships, and qualities of movement to a variety of locomotor and body management skills."
3. Students will understand how each person makes a contribution when attaining common goals in an activity.
5. Materials and Aids-
Parachute, 5-6 plastic balls.
6. Procedures/Methods-


The entire class is needed to work together in order to make the parachute activities work, so no demonstration can be done by the teacher alone. Teaching the students while explaining the different activities will be needed, so flexibility is necessary because some students might not catch on as quickly as others.


Elevator-Begin with chute taut at ground level. On "elevator up", lift the chute overheard while keeping it tight. On "elevator down", lower the chute to starting position. Repeat.

Running in place-Run in a circle while holding the chute at different levels.

Blooming flower-Children make a dome and kneel with both knees on the edge of the chute. Hold hands around the chute and lean in and out to represent a blooming flower.

Mushroom release-Let go of the parachute at the peak of inflation and move to
the center and sit down. The chute will come down on top of students.

Popcorn-Place 6 beanbags on the chute. Shake the chute and make them rise like
corn popping. This can also be done with foam or soft rubber balls.

Ball circle-Place a beach ball in the middle of the chute. Make the ball roll
around the chute in a large circle by moving the chute up and down.

Making waves-Use large movements to make big waves. Use small movements
to make small waves.

Chute crawl-Stand and hold the chute tight. Every other student crawls under the chute to the opposite side.

Merry-go-round-Students move in a circle while holding the chute by galloping, walking, hopping, and sliding.

D. Independent Practice-

High school students may get bored with the simple activities done in elementary school, so incorporating more competitive activities will help keep students engaged. You may need a few parachutes for parachute volleyball tournament. You should break the students into teams and have them play a round robin tournament so all teams play each other. The winners will end up playing each other for the championship, and the champion can receive some type of reward. This competitive game will keep students more engaged rather than just having them do simple activities that will likely bore them.

Parachute Volleyball: Split into two sides of the parachute. One side tries to knock the ball off of the other side (half of chute), right past the other team.


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