Skipping Lesson Plan for Physical Education

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will learn how to skip. After observing a visual model and describing how to skip, they will build their way up to be able to skip independently. The lesson plan closes with students evaluating one another's skipping.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Skip independently
  • Describe the steps of skipping
  • Evaluate a peer's skipping


60 minutes


  • Rhythm
  • Alternate
  • Opposite
  • Gallop


  • Computer
  • Projector
  • Music
  • Sound system
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Poster with class roster written on it


  • Show students a video of someone skipping. You can find a video with a simple online search.
  • After the video, ask students what they noticed about the skipping process. Record student responses on chart paper. Here are a few examples of what you can write on the paper:
    • Skipping is a combination of a step and a hop
    • Swing your arms opposite from your legs
    • Land on the ball of your foot
    • Keep a steady rhythm
  • Tell students that now they are going to learn to skip on their own. Explain that they will practice the skills needed to skip and then build their way up to be 'Master Skippers.' Put up the poster with the class roster. Each time they master a skill, students can add a sticker next to their name on the poster. Here are the series of steps:
  1. ) Hop on one foot
  2. ) Gallop
  3. ) Slow step and hop
  4. ) Skip

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