Parachute
(Primary K-2)

Parachute
(Primary K-2)

Created by: Lisa Kushner, Amanda Welch, Nick Kline, and Aaron Hart
Special Contributions: Deedi Brown
Design: Jennifer Truong

Parachute activities are among the most memorable physical education experiences of a young child’s life. Just seeing the ‘chute creates excitement and joy for most students. It is also an important opportunity to reinforce critical personal responsibility skills, as well as introduce movement concepts and early muscular anatomy.

Module Documents

Link to Equipment Pack

Activity Plans

Assessments

Teacher Evaluation

  • Teacher Self-Evaluation and Reflection Guide:

Planning Tools

National Standards and Outcomes Focus for Parachute

Standard 1. Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

  • E1.K-2. Performs locomotor skills (hopping, galloping, running, sliding, skipping) while maintaining balance (K); Hops, gallops, jogs, and slides using a mature pattern (1); Skips using a mature pattern (2).

Standard 2. Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

  • E3.K-2. Travels in general space with different speeds (K); Differentiates between fast and slow speeds (1a); Differentiates between strong and light force (1b); Varies time and force with gradual increases and decreases (2).

Standard 4. Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

  • K4.K-1 & 2b. Follows teacher directions for safe participation and proper use of equipment with minimal reminders (K); Follows teacher directions for safe participation and proper use of equipment without teacher reminders (1); Works safely with physical education equipment (2b).

About the Author:

Aaron's passion for physical education is cause for some to question his sanity. At home he loves working on his tiny farm in Upstate New York, eating homegrown veggie soup, and spending time with his family.