Gymnastics Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about gymnastics safety and skills with the help of this lesson plan. With it, students will first read a text lesson overviewing safety measures for gymnastics, then use another text lesson that explains how to develop gymnastics skills before getting active.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain safety measures related to gymnastics
  • describe ways to develop gymnastics skills
  • discuss the importance of diet and nutrition in relation to gymnastic skills


Two 1-hour sessions


Key Vocabulary

  • Footwear
  • Spotting belts
  • Mats
  • Spotting
  • Gymnastic skills
  • Flexibility
  • Theraband strips
  • Trampoline and tumbling
  • Strength training
  • Balance
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Food addiction
  • Exercise addiction
  • Headstand
  • Handstand
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Mental toughness

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

Instructions - Day One

  • Connect students with the topic by showing a video or series of videos of gymnastics. As students watch, ask them to consider what the athlete is doing to remain safe.
  • Discuss the importance of safety in all sports, then share specifics related to gymnastics.
  • Tell students they will be learning about gymnastics safety then how to develop gymnastics skills.
  • Distribute the lesson Safety in Gymnastics: Techniques & Equipment and instruct students to read the first section 'Safety in Gymnastics,' then ask:
    • What are some risks involved in gymnastics?
    • What are some common injuries related to gymnastics?
  • Now divide students into five groups. Assign each a section from the lesson (divide the section 'General Gym Safety Tips' into three sections) and instruct students to read their section and create a safety poster to teach other students about their topic.
  • As students work, walk around the room to keep students on task and offer guidance.
  • When groups are finished, allow them to present their posters. Discuss each component, then hang posters in the gym or area where gymnastics will be practiced.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary,' then take the No InterWiki reference defined in properties for Wiki called "lesson quizhttps"! together to check for understanding.

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