Tumbling Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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 about tumbling. With a focus on vocabulary, students will view video clips of the tumbling tricks and discuss what they look like. Then, they will practice the tricks on their own.

Lesson Objectives

  • Describe different forms of tumbling
  • Execute different forms of tumbling
  • Evaluate tumbling by giving a partner warm and cool feedback

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

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


  • 45-60 minutes


  • Forward roll
  • Backward roll
  • Round-off
  • Cartwheel


  • Video clips of tumbling tricks (one for each trick listed on vocabulary list)
  • Blank writing paper
  • Crayons
  • Projector
  • Device with Internet access
  • Tumbling mats

Lesson Instructions

  • Write the word 'tumbling' on the board. Point to it and say it aloud. Ask students to repeat. Tell students that this is the topic of discussion for today's lesson.
  • Ask students to turn and talk about what they already know about tumbling. Call on students to share responses.
  • Show the video clip of the forward roll to students. Write the words 'forward roll' on the board. Ask students to describe what the forward roll looked like. Generate a list of student responses to create a 'how to' for a forward roll.
    • If videos are unavailable, call on a student to demonstrate the skill.
  • Repeat this process for backward rolls, round-offs, and cartwheels.

Discussion Questions

    • Where have you seen tumbling in the real world?
    • What do you think the hardest part about tumbling is?
    • Why do you think some people are afraid to tumble?

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