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Name of Activity:

Warning Cards

Purpose of Activity:

To use a card system similar to those used in some sports to help students behave.


Students need to know the rules of the class and expectations for appropriate behavior.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Yellow cards and red cards made from cardboard.

Description of Idea

At the beginning of the year I tell my students about sports warning cards used in Volleyball and their meaning. I also state that many other sports utilize cards as a means of keeping control of the game. In a game situation cards are given for unsportsman-like conduct, disrespectful behavior toward others, etc. In my class the cards are used as follows:

  • 1st Yellow Card - Warning (quiet down)
  • 2nd Yellow Card - Warning (reminder) after two warnings a red is automatic
  • Red Card - Point taken away

Each class enters the gymnasium with 4 points.

  • 1 point for entering quietly
  • 1 point for listening quietly to directions
  • 1 point for participation and teamwork during class
  • 1 point for lining up quietly to leave

Submitted by Pat  Fisher who teaches at Middletown Elementary School in Middletow , MD . Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/2/2001.
Viewed 57157 times since 8/24/2001.

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