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Physical Education Stations: Implementing Manipulative Skill and Sport-Based Stations in PE


As a physical education teacher, you are always looking for effective and innovative ways to keep your students learning and engaged in your lesson plans. One of the greatest methods to achieve this is to include manipulative skills and sport-based PE station ideas in your gym class. These physical education stations can be utilized with any sort of sport or PE skill concept, and they may substantially enhance your students' abilities.


Implementing Manipulative Skill and Sport-Based Stations into Your PE Classes

Incorporating PE skill stations in physical education classes

Physical education is an important part of the school curriculum, but it can sometimes be a challenge when you have overcrowded classes and limited equipment. To learn and remain on-task, students must be continuously engaged. One way to overcome this challenge is to introduce manipulative-skill and/or sport-specific skill stations into your class lessons. These stations might help you as a PE specialist to use the equipment you have in your gym or classroom and cut waiting times to improve interaction and learning.

Skill-based, activity stations are a series of short, focused movements that rotate throughout the class period. This allows students to have a variety of experiences and keeps them engaged in their learning. The stations can be super fun and tailored to the individual needs of each student, making sure that everyone has a chance to succeed. By introducing these types of PE skill stations into your lessons, you can help ensure that all students have a positive and active learning experience.



PE Skill Stations are Standards Based

A PE specialist should always create lessons that adhere to national, state, or district standards. Challenges conducted using skill stations are a fantastic strategy to help your students meet SHAPE America Standard 1 which states: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.*


Challenges conducted using skill stations are a fantastic strategy to help your students meet SHAPE America Standard 1 which states: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.


Differentiation

Using skill and sports stations in a PE class allows for differentiation and student success. Differentiation is important because all students come to class with different levels of skill and experience. It's difficult to satisfy the demands of a large group of kids in a one-on-one situation, but with skill and sport-based stations, you have a great resource to diversify the activities to match the needs of each kid using some great ideas. It is also an excellent way to target those students who often finish early and are looking for something else to do.


By offering a variety of activities, utilizing several forms of PE equipment, you can also challenge your more gifted students while still providing support for those who need it. This type of station activity is ideal because it enables all students to be successful and enjoy their time in class.


Using skill and sports stations in a PE class allows for differentiation and student success. Differentiation is important because all students come to class with different levels of skill and experience.


How to set up physical education skill stations


When setting up your PE station activities, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, each station should have a specific focus or skill that you want your students to work on. The station activities you plan may depend on whether you are working with younger students or older students. It is important to make sure that the stations are challenging but also achievable for each student.


You will also need to consider the amount of time each station will take, and how much time you will allow for them to rotate to the next station. Also, determine how many students can practice each station at the same time without impacting the quality of learning. Once you have all of this information, you are ready to set up your stations!


Look at the video below to see some SNAG indoor golf stations "in action!"


 

Manipulative Skills

Physical education classes may include manipulative skill units such as throwing, catching, kicking, striking, volleying, and dribbling. These units can be taught using stations and are best implemented with younger or less-experienced students to help them learn the correct cues and techniques.


PE Manipulative Skill Station Cards


Look below for a sample manipulative skill (overhand throw), 6 station PE lesson outline:


Sample manipulative skill station set - Overhand throw

Here are some example stations that might be included in your class when you teach the overhand throw. You can attach point values for success from a variety of distances:

  1. Throwing at a wall target

  2. Overhand throw to Knockdown a set of bowling pins

  3. Aiming to throw an object inside a horizontal cone sitting on a chair

  4. Throwing through a hula hoop that is held by a partner

  5. Overhand throw attempting to have an implement land on top of a poly spot

  6. Throwing back and forth from different distances with a partner

Sport-Specific Movement

Older or more experienced students can concentrate on movement skills in a PE sports unit. These skills are specific to the sport being taught. The cradling, scooping, catching, passing, and shooting skills used in lacrosse are examples of this sort of station focus. The beauty of physical education sport-skill stations is that they can be used with any concept or skill, and they are easily adaptable to the needs of your students.


Cap'n Pete's Sport-Specific PE Skill Stations


Look below for a sample sport-based skill (soccer), 6 station PE lesson outline:


Sample sport-based station set - Soccer skills

Here are some sample stations that may be included in your class to teach the concepts and skills for soccer:

  1. Soccer Juggling- keep the soccer ball in the air using, feet, knees, chest, and hands

  2. Circle Jog Dribble- dribble around cones set in a circular pattern

  3. Partner Passing/Trapping- pass and trap back and forth with a partner

  4. Shoot at the keeper- dribble to a set of cones and shoot at a small soccer goal with a goalkeeper in front

  5. Pass and Move- Dribble and pass a ball up and down a field or court with a partner

  6. Bowling pin kick- kick at a set of bowling pins to try and earn points

 

Skill Station Tips

Stations are a fantastic approach to teaching manipulative skills or sport-specific skills in the gym, but there are a few things to bear in mind when you use them. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your skill station time:

  1. Make sure each station has a clear focus or skill that you want your students to work on

  2. Give verbal instructions and include teacher expectations for each station

  3. Use sectioned-off station areas and provide ample room for students to move and play.

  4. Keep the stations interesting and accessible to each student, and make sure there are a variety of levels for all students to be successful

  5. If at all possible, include pictures with graphics and instructions at each station. Make them student-friendly and easy to comprehend

  6. Rotate students through stations on a set gym timer so that everyone has a chance to participate in each one

  7. As your students move and learn, move around and offer individual feedback

  8. Keep track of which stations students enjoy and benefit from the most and make sure to include them in future physical education lessons


Check out the video below to see some soccer stations "in action!"


 

Final Thoughts

Physical education skill stations are a great way to help students learn new skills, have fun, and get some much-needed individual attention from their teachers. The stations assist you in making the most of your space and equipment limitations as a PE teacher. With a little planning and preparation, you can make sure that your students have a great time while they learn important physical education concepts and skills!


If you have any questions or suggestions about using stations in physical education, please share them with us in the comments section below!


*SHAPE America. (2013). National Standards for K-12 Physical Education. Reston, VA: Author.

 

Need resources?

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20 FREE Sport-Specific PE Station Signs on capnpetespowerpe.com

Fill in the form below to download 20 FREE Sport-Specific PE Station Signs. The set is a PDF digital download that includes two visuals (cards/signs) from the following sport stations sets: 1. Base Games, 2. Basketball, 3. Floor Hockey, 4. Football, 5. Lacrosse, 6. Paddle & Racket Sports, 7. Soccer, 8. Team Handball Stations, 9. Track & Field and 10. Volleyball Stations.



This freebie set will be sure to enhance your PE curriculum for years!

 

If you're searching for a way to spice up your PE program, Cap'n Pete's PE Sports Stations- 10 Product Mega Bundle is the perfect supplement. You'll find over 200 fun-filled, sports-themed station signs/cards (20 stations per sport) in this set. You may utilize them in your gym or specialized learning area.


 Cap'n Pete's PE Sports Stations- 10 Product Mega Bundle

You can download them from either of the following platforms: Cap'n Pete's Power PE Website or Teachers Pay Teachers- Cap'n Pete's TPT Store


This comprehensive collection will help you teach your students important physical education concepts and skills from 10 different traditional sports including basketball, base games, football, floor hockey, lacrosse, paddle/racket sports, soccer, track & field, team handball, and volleyball.


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