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Lesson Plan #: AELP-MMS0003
Submitted by: Paul J. Flottemesch
Email: paul@iximd.com (email address no longer valid)
School/University/Affiliation: Abingdon Elementary School, Abingdon, Maryland
Date: November 3, 1998

Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


  • Physical Education/Motor/movement skills

Duration: 30 minutes for each lesson

Description: Recycle is a very active game that can involve many students while working on throwing skills. They will also learn about the need to recycle and the products that are recycled.

Goals: The students will work on overhand and underhand throw for accuracy. The students will learn about the need to recycle and some products that are recycled.

Objectives: The students will learn to:

1. Throw balls accurately from their side of the gym to a target on the other side of the gym.
2. Play fair and have fun.

Materials: 2 tumbling mats, a large number of soft balls, (fleece balls, puff balls, foam balls), several orange cones


  • Divide the gym in half with the orange cones.
  • Set up a tumbling mat on its end and make it into a circle so it looks like a barrel with the top open; this is called the recycling bin.
  • Set one bin on each side of the gym. ( For first graders put the bin about four yards from the cones. Fifth grade bins should be about eight to ten yards from the cones. Distances can be varied according to age and skill level )
  • Next, divide the class into two teams and send one team to each side of the gym.
  • Spread out as many soft balls as you can on the gym floor. Try to put about half of the balls on each side.
  • Talk to the students about recycling and why it is important. I tell them that the orange cones in the gym are made from recycled milk jugs.
  • To play the game, the students try to recycle their balls by throwing them from their side of the gym to the recycling bin on the other side of the cones.
  • After they have been throwing for a couple of minutes you signal them to stop. You then count the balls in each bin to find out which team did the best job recycling. Remind the players that their job is to recycle and not to try to keep the other team from recycling. They must pick up balls off the floor and not knock them down out of the air. They can not block the recycling bin.
  • Assessment:

  • Ask the students to describe proper overhand or underhand throwing form.
  • Ask the students what type of flight the ball must have to enter the recycling bin.
  • Ask the students why recycling is important.
  • Ask the students what materials are recycled in their school or home.