Small Space Ideas for PE Class


Sometimes as a PE instructor you have to use a small space for PE class. Here are things to do with your students when you have limited space.

Do any of you PE teachers out there ever get kicked out of your gym?  Or are you a classroom teacher looking for ways to get your class moving and release some energy?

We had an assembly at our school today.  Every time we have an assembly, I lose my gym and have to teach PE in the classroom.  

Here is what I did today with my 3rd grade class when I found out last minute that I did not have a gym. I know it can be difficult when you only have a small space for PE class, but activities like this can make it a good time.

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Warm up in a small space for PE class

For our warm up game, I set up 6 cones around the room and told the students to find a cone to sit next to (limit 5 people per cone). I didn’t move any desks, just put them anywhere there was a few feet of space! Perfect thing for when you have a small PE class space.

I told the groups to quickly decide who in their group would go first, then have that person stand up. (one group couldn’t make the decision peacefully so I made it for them)

I had 6 groups so I put 6 dice on one of the desks. The lead person from each group came to the desk and rolled a die then went back to their group and told them the number they had rolled.

I wrote an activity on the whiteboard (jumping jacks). The group had to do the number of jumping jacks to match their die roll. I have dice that number 1-20.  

Once all groups were done, we repeated with new students rolling the dice and a new activity on the board. I mixed in some math such as multiply your number by 10 and hold a plank for that many seconds. Repeat until everyone has had a turn to roll the dice.

Activity in a small space for PE class

Token Rock Paper Scissors:

After our warm-up game I had my students return to their desks and told them I would give them something if they were sitting quietly (good way to calm them back down to listen to new instructions).  

I passed out 3 small round marker tokens to each of them.  This is an easy game.  

The students walk around and challenge each other to Rock Paper Scissors.  The loser has to give the winner one of his/her tokens.  If they run out of tokens, they come to me and I give them a task to earn a new one such as “do 25 jumping jacks”.

 The game can go on as long as you allow it.  Then count tokens and declare a winner if wanted.

That’s it! 30 minutes of activity for a small space PE class with little equipment needed.  My class loved both activities. I’ve tried both of these activities with grades 1-5 and had great success, so try it out with your kids!

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