Jump Rope Lesson Plan Physical Education

Instructor: Jennifer Smith

Jenn has been an educator for 10 years. She has a master's degree in Teacher Leadership and a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and English Language Acquisition.

In this lesson plan, students will learn the basics of jumping rope including how to jump correctly, safety precautions, and why it is a great option for exercise. Students will also learn the benefits of taking their heart-rate while exercising.

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Learn how to take their heart-rate.
  • Learn why their heart-rate is so important to their overall health.
  • Identify why jumping rope is a great form of exercise and can be fun.


45-60 minutes


  • Jump ropes
  • Clock or timer


  • Flip your wrists
  • Timing
  • Rhythm
  • Hop
  • Jump
  • Heart rate
  • Pulse
  • Target heart rate
  • Maximum heart rate
  • Balls of feet



Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.


How to Find Your Heart Rate

Start by explaining to students that every living thing has a heart rate, and your heart rate can tell you a lot of things about your health.

  • Show students how to find their heart rate. Two fingers on either their neck or on their wrist until they find a pulse. Start the timer for ten seconds, and have the students count how many beats they have, then they must multiply by six.
  • Discuss everyone's heart rate and how theirs should be between 60-100 beats per minute (which is what they just found).
  • Explain that the better shape you are in, the healthier your heart is.
  • Practice finding heart rates after stretching, after exercise, and again at resting. See if the students notice a difference over time.

Benefits of Jumping Rope

  • It is a great cardio activity.
  • Is used by boxers to increase their stamina, improve agility, and coordination.
  • Burns as many calories as running in a shorter amount of time.

Jumping Rope

Introduce the equipment: jump rope, explain that there are different kinds of jump ropes, based off of the results you want to get when jumping rope (plain jump rope, weighted, etc...) The length of the jump rope is very important. If the rope is too short or too long it will make jumping rope very difficult. The rope should reach just underneath your armpits when standing straight up. It is also important never to jump bare foot due to the impact your foot is making with the floor. Correct foot attire is very important to avoid injury.

Safety talk: Safety is important when it comes to any physical activity. Jumping rope is no different, because there is a piece of equipment involved. Review the safety rules:

  1. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  2. No hitting classmates with rope.
  3. No wrapping rope around anyone or anything.

Jump roping basics:

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