Tag Lesson Plan for Physical Education

Instructor: Carrin Hahn

Carrin taught 3rd grade for ten years, worked as a learning specialist with K-5 students, and has a Master's degree in Elementary Education.

In this lesson, the students will learn and practice some of the useful movements for the game of tag. They will also learn strategies on how to avoid being 'tagged' and on how to free a 'tagged' friend.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, elementary students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate some of the movements a good tag player uses
  • Apply strategies that allow them to remain unfrozen (not tagged) and to unfreeze others


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • Please note that each state has different standards for Physical Education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Gently
  • Swerving
  • Out-of-Bounds


  • Whistle
  • Cones

Lesson Preparation

  • If the game will be played on grass, use the cones to outline the playing field. This way students can call 'out-of-bounds' if needed.

Lesson Instructions

  • Explain to the students that they will be learning how to play the game of tag, how to use strategies to stay unfrozen, and how to unfreeze friends.
  • Go over some basic rules before starting:
    • Since this is a hands-on game, the students MUST tag each other gently. The object is not to push someone else to the ground!
    • If the student is tagged, he or she MUST freeze where tagged.
    • Students playing the game will practice good sportsmanship.
      • If they are tagged, they will not argue.
      • If they tag lots of people, they will not gloat.
      • If they shove or tag someone too hard, they will be out of the game.
  • Show the students what a gentle 'tag' looks like or have two students demonstrate.
  • Explain that there are several strategies they need to think about as they play:
    • First, they want to avoid being tagged. This means they need to pay attention to where IT is so that they don't get caught. It also means that they will want to distract IT into chasing someone else.
    • Second, if possible, they want to free (unfreeze) any tagged friends. This means they need to carefully watch for IT. If clear, they will run quickly to the friend to tag him again, which will free the friend.

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