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Name of Activity:

Learning to Jump Rope

Purpose of Activity:

To slowly allow students to develop the skills and confidence they will need to jump rope successfully.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Jump ropes - one for each student

*The rope should not go past the students shoulders when they are standing on the middle of the rope and bringing the handles up by their side.

Description of Idea

See the video below for an appropriate skill progression of tasks for students to practice for learning how to jump rope for the first time.

See the YouTube video of skill progressions

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities

Use a pipe with a rope on the end for students with a cast or with only one arm - they can swing the pipe in a circle and jump the rope.

Submitted by Ben Landers who teaches at River Springs ES in Irmo, SC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 8/24/2015.
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Learning to Jump Rope

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Sal Caravella

Could you show me a picture of that modified jump rope you mentioned in the "Adaptations for Students with Disabilities"? Thank You


Awesome instruction. Thank you for sharing.


Great job! I also have the kids make different shapes or letters and numbers on the floor for them to practice jumping over, around, in and out.

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