Lesson Plans

Up Down All Around is the best resource for teaching young children the fundamental movements in Gymnastics. It is written for primary school teachers and recreational coaches who may or may not have a strong background in Gymnastics. The underlying theory and organization of these Lesson Plans are forming the basis for curriculum development in Physical Education at different levels of the educational system across Canada.

UDAA consists of 60 Lesson Plans divided into three Series (A, B, C) of 20 Plans each.

Series A is suitable for children in Grades 1 and 2.
Series B is suitable for children in Grades 3 and 4.
Series C is suitable for children in Grades 5 and 6.
Each Lesson Plan is a separate booklet and is three-hole punched.

Each Lesson Plan progresses through five Strategies or Sections which follow a scope and sequence that make teaching and learning easy, safe and fun.

The Five Sections

  • Activation
    • to create a learning atmosphere
    • to get the class moving
    • to introduce lesson theme
    • setting the tone of the class
  • Directed Learning
    • through the use of Building Blocks
    • to develop safe & confident body management
    • to instill confidence to explore/build on learning
    • to develop good posture & fitness basics
  • Exploratory Learning
    • student directed learning
    • to explore, invent & stretch imaginations
    • to translate student’s ideas into movement
    • to work individually & in groups
  • Repetition & Reinforcement
    • links with previous lessons
    • lesson content reviewed and consolidated
    • for exceptional classes
  • Lesson Expander
    • ideas to extend lesson, time permitting
    • for exceptional classes

The focus of the teaching and learning is on the six basic Gymnastics Movement Patterns (Building Blocks). The Lessons are purposely designed to be physically demanding not skill demanding, with the emphasis on body management, fun and fitness.

The six Gymnastics Movement Patterns are:

  • Statics
  • Landings
  • Swing
  • Rotation
  • Spring
  • Locomotion

Other features include:

  1. Clear illustrations which help coaches and children visualize the variations of each skill
  2. A “Notes to the Teacher” section
  3. Theoretical and instructional information
  4. Preparation for the next lesson
  5. “Safety Box” notices
  6. Valuable suggestions for the minimum equipment required, and alternative equipment

Look Who is Using These Lesson Plans:

  • These lesson plans have been field-tested as a part of the new Physical Education curriculum in the Saskatchewan Public Schools System.
  • They are required texts for the students in the Faculties of Physical Education at the Universities of Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
  • They have been used successfully at the High School level, with modifications.
  • Manitoba Education and Youth has used UDAA as a resource in developing the new Physical Education curriculum, and has translated the resource into French.
  • The Physical Education Consultant for a school division in Winnipeg has used the Lesson Plans in all of the Division’s Elementary Physical Education Programs as a basis for instruction in body management, fun, and fitness. He says…
  • “The Lesson Plans teach safety and accident prevention skills that are applicable to all the other sports and activities taught in Physical Education.”

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