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Name of Activity:

The Line Game

Suggested Grade Level:

6-8

Materials Needed:

Gym floor with multiple, overlapping floor markings (i.e. basketball & volleyball courts)

Description of Idea

Quickly divide the class into 2 teams placing each team at opposite ends of the gym. Each team has the same goal of moving their entire team from 1 side of the gym to the other. They do this by traveling along lines only! Lines must connect, no jumping from line to line.

Both teams start simultaneously and move as individuals towards each other. Once a student passes the mid-court line they are only allowed to move forward or side-to-side. On their own side they may move in any direction.

The mid-court line is neutral and all students are safe there. However, on the opposing side if a student's path is "blocked" they must step off to the side and go back and start again. A student is never out of the game until they have successfully crossed to the other side. First team to have all its members on the opposite side is congratulated and you can play again if you wish.

Variations:

Vary the locomotor pattern to be used each game.

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Submitted by Jim Cawley who teaches at Thompson Middle School in Newport, RI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/22/2006.

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Sherri Cabal

Can you please post a picture of what the lines should look like?

M. Bowman

Name: The Line Game Suggested Revision by M. Bowman
Recommended grade level: Middle School

Materials Needed: Gym floor with multiple, overlapping floor markings (i.e. basketball & volleyball courts)


Instructions:
Divide the class into 2 teams placing each team at opposite ends of the gym. Each team has the same goal of moving their entire team from 1 side of the gym to the other. They do this by traveling along lines only! Lines must connect, no jumping from line to line.
Both teams start simultaneously and move as individuals towards each other. On their own side they may move in any direction (forward, backward or side-to-side). Once a student passes the mid-court line they are only allowed to move forward or side-to-side.
The mid-court line is neutral and all students are safe there. However, on the opposing side of the court; if a student's path is "blocked" by another student, they both must step off to the side and go back and start over. A student is never out of the game until they have successfully crossed to the other side. First team to have all its members on the opposite side is wins.

My purpose in editing the activity is to make it more challenging, for example, a person from
one side can purposely block an opponent who has crossed the middle
line into the person’s side and although both are blocked (and have to return to “start”), the person on his/her own side has a shorter distance back to start. This will slow the
opponent down.

I love this activity and use it purely for fun with my students.

Submitted by Jim Cawley who teaches at Thompson Middle School in Newport, RI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/22/2006.

Edited by M. Bowman 8/2016


Susan

I need to see a picture of what the lines would look like on the gym floor.

Amanda Towles

I think physical activity will help overweight kids.

J.R. Callahan

In what way does this activity incorporate effective cooperative learning strategies that enhance the achievement of cognitive, psychomotor or affective instructional objectives?

mike

greatest warm up game ever

george

cool fun game but needs more of a challenge. only able to play once because kid remeber how to get there and tell other kids.