Karate Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Would you like a quick and simple way to teach your students the basics of karate? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to introduce key facts about karate. An activity gives students a chance to try four common types of karate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what is meant by the term 'martial arts'
  • list different types of karate
  • explain specific movements associated with the different types of karate

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Materials

  • Copies of the text lesson Karate Lesson for Kids: Definition & Styles
  • Copies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Charts illustrating and explaining basic movements for each of the following types of martial arts: Wado-ryu, Shotokan, Shito-ryu and Goju-ryu

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