Recreational Games Teacher Resources

Looking for a fun new game to spice things up in your class? Our collection of recreational games has exactly what you need with countless variations of classics like tag and hide and seek, as well brand new activities that are bound to excite students.
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Team Ball Tag

For Students 3rd - 8th
Divvy the class into equal teams and give each team a set of the same colored pinnies. Have players spread out around the gym and give each player a ball. The object of the game is to tag another team player with the ball. When a player...
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Skunk Tag

For Students 1st - 6th
Choose two taggers to be the "skunks." Set up five hula hoops in the gym; one in each corner and one in the middle. The hoops in the corners are the safe zones for the players while the middle hoop is the skunk's home. The skunks start...
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Mystery Tag

For Students 2nd - 8th
When the chosen person yells "Face the wall!" everyone on the opposite end faces the wall while the tagger counts down from five and hides behind an exercise mat. When the tagger gets to zero, everyone runs across the gym to the other...
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Pass and Score Tag

For Students 2nd - 6th
Give two taggers a pool noodle and two freers a foam ball. If runners get tagged, then the freers must free them by throwing the ball to them. The trick is freers can't move when they throw, and runners must catch the ball to be free....
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CandyCane Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a tagger. The rest of the class runs around the gym. If a runner is tagged, they must freeze and stand in the shape of a candy cane. To get back into the game, another runner must run underneath the arch of the candy cane.
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Dead Ant Tag

For Students K - 5th
Tag, you're a dead ant! Players run around the playing area and runs from the taggers. If a player gets tagged, then they must lay on the ground with their arms and legs in the air. To get back into the game, four people must touch the...
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Blob Tag

For Students K - 4th
Have the class line up on one side of the gym. Choose one person to be the tagger. When the tagger yells "blob tag!" then the whole class runs across the gym while trying not to get tagged. Anyone that's tagged, now becomes part of the...
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Bump Tag

For Students 2nd - 7th
Partner up the class. Break up one set of partners and assign one as a chaser and the other as a flee'er. The flee'er runs around the gym away from the chaser. If the flee'er is tagged, then he become the chaser. If the flee'er makes it...
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Secret Agent Tag

For Students 2nd - 8th
Have the whole class sit down on the floor with their eyes closed. Pick a few people to be the "bad guys," which are the taggers, and a few people to be the "secret agents," which are the freers, by tapping them once or twice on the...
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Continuous Tag

For Students K - 4th
Assign a tagger, and everyone else as runners. The tagger will tag people at random. Persons tagged must go to the other side of the gym court to perform a skill. Once they are done, they can go back in the game.
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Scooter Tag

For Students K - 8th
Have the class spread out around the gym while seated on their scooters. Have a few individuals be the taggers signified by a different color scooter or wearing a penny. If classmates get tagged by a tagger, then they must spin around...
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Line Tag

For Students K - 5th
Have the class spread out on the gym floor, choosing a line to stand on of their choice. The object of the game is to stay on the line and not get tagged. The taggers and freers must also stay on the lines. If a player is tagged, they...
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Hospital Tag

For Students 2nd - 6th
Begin the game by setting up the two opposite corners of the gym as hospitals, while assigning two taggers. Choose two people as ambulance drivers, and they will use the scooters as ambulance beds (scooters are connected with a mat on...
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Robot Tag

For Students 1st - 5th
Assign a few players to be "bad robots," and the rest of the class is "good robots." Place three Hula hoops in the middle of the gym to represent the 10-second "charging station," or safe area. Set up a cone square on one end of the gym....
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Santa Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a class member to be the Santa. Everyone else is a reindeer and spreads out around the gym. Santa's objective for the game is to tag the others so he can round up his reindeer. When a reindeer is tagged, they must step out of the...
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Frosty's Freeze Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in a holiday P.E. tagging game involving chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills. With the taggers holding a fleece ball (snowball), they chase and tag the other students, with the tagged students becoming unfrozen by...
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Groundhog Day Tag Game

For Teachers K - 5th
Students play the Groundhog Day tag game to follow instructions and play according to the rules of the game. They attempt to run to the "holes" to be safe or if caught they move to a pre-determined area off the playing field.
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Tunnel Tag

For Teachers K - 6th
Tunnel tag requires players to form some kind of tunnel when they are tagged. In order to become unfrozen from being tagged, another player has to go through the tunnel they formed. There are several examples of tunnels that a player can...
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Double Tunnel Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Double tunnel tag is just the same as tunnel tag but the players are now with a partner. This poses it's own challenges when running around and trying to avoid being tagged. The only difference from tunnel tag is that when a player is...
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Toilet Tag

For Teachers K - 6th
Don't let the name of this game throw you off because kids will love this tag game! Start off with a couple of players being "it". When they tag a player, the player must kneel on one knee with the other one up, and one arm straight out...
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British Warm-Up Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
British warm-up tag is a team dodgeball game. One ball, two teams. Run away from the person who has the ball in his hand to avoid being hit by the ball and eliminated from the game.  If you have the ball in your hands, you may not move...
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Sharks and Minnows

For Teachers 1st - 4th
One of the most basic of all tag games is Sharks and Minnows. Start out with a couple of sharks in the middle of the gym and all other players on the endline of the gym. The goal is to run across the gym without getting caught by a...
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Adaptive Sports and Recreational Games

For Teachers 5th - 12th
It's truly amazing how people with physical disabilities are able to find ways to overcome their impairments. Their tremendous perseverance is evident in this handout that describes the ways different sports, ranging from bowling...
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TIDES

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders are taught the concept of camouflage through the game hide and seek. They view photographs of camouflaged animals on the TIDES website. Students create a poster that camouflages a particular animal based on what they have...
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Stop Drop and Roll Tag

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students play tag with red and gray scarves. Red is fire, if students get tagged by "fire" they must "Stop Drop and Roll" to put the fire out. Gray scarves are "smoke." When tagged, students must get on their hands and kne
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Nemo Tag 2

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Several students are chosen to be taggers (and wear goggles), 2 more are chosen to be Dorie (and carry the blue fish), and Merlin (and carry the orange fish). The rest of the students are Nemo's. The Nemos begin on one of the mats...
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Tag: Everyone is it!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students play a game of tag in which every student is "it." In this physical education lesson, students participate in a game of tag in which they are all "it." Students perform jumping jacks after they are tagged.
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Shrek Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners engage in a lesson that is concerned with the game of freeze tag that is adapted using the movie characters from "Shrek". Each one takes on the role of one of the characters with a role to play when tagged by the taggers.
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Hanukkah Tag Game

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students participate in a tag game involving aspects of the Hanukkah holiday. They discuss the basic tenets of Hanukkah, then play the tag game, with the Candle Makers as taggers and the students tagged freezing into position as candles.
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The Blob- Tag Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a tag game called "The Blob." For this physical education lesson, students select a peer to be "it" and tag someone. When a person it tagged, he joins the person who is "it" by holding hands. The students...
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Micro-organism Immune System Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students play a game of tag and reinforce their understanding of the immune system.
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Jurassic Park Tag

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students play tag as they explore the behaviors of different types of dinosaurs.
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Freeze and Melt

For Students K - 3rd
Freeze tag! Have the class spread out around the playing area. Select some players to be freezers and un-freezers. Give freezers a blue ball and un-freezers a red ball. If a runner gets tagged with a blue ball, then they become a frozen...
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Everybody's It

For Students 1st - 8th
Everyone is a tagger in this gym game. If a tagger tags someone else, then that person must sit down. The only way for that person to be back in the game is if the person that did the tagging is tagged by someone else. 
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Fresher

For Students 3rd - 8th
Split the class in half. Set up two cones on opposite ends of the gym, using the gym lines as boundaries. These are the jails. The object of the game is to tag another player that is "older" (not in age) than another. The "fresher" a...
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Snowflakes

For Students K - 4th
First choose three people to be taggers, and two players to be freers. Give each tagger a white foam ball, and give each freer a yellow ball. The rest of the class runs around the playing area. If a runner is tagged with a white ball,...
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Mat Tag

For Students 2nd - 8th
Choose two people to be taggers and give them each a dodgeball. Spread out the four mats in the shape of a diamond baseball on the gym floor. Assign an equal number of players to each mat. When signaled, runners run continuously to the...
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Dinosaur Prowl

For Students 2nd - 5th
Prowl like a dinosaur! Choose several students to be the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs with dodge balls are the taggers, and the Triceratops on the scooters are the freers. As the other players are tagged with balls, the Triceratops scoot...
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Fitness for Life - Rocks n Hoops

For Teachers 4th - 10th
A game of tag, and stealing, in which all of your class can participate actively in. This activity requires team work and cooperation while being competitive. There are suggestions to keep the game moving, and to modify it to make it...
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Coloration Exploration

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Finding an animal in nature can be like a game of hide and seek. A thorough lesson explores different coloration strategies of animals. Pupils complete look-and-find puzzles and coloring sheets to differentiate between different types of...
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Switcheroo

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Who doesn't want to play tag? Here's a nice movement activity to keep your class running about practicing hopping, jumping, leaping, skipping and whatever motor skills your can think of. I like that the taggers are not "IT" forever, and...
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Couch Potato

For Teachers K - 5th
Show your class that being active is more fun than being a couch potato! A fun tag game teachers learners about making healthy eating choices. Over 125,000 teachers have reviewed this activity, and many have written comments about how...
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Body Part Tag

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students practice their chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills. It is best to play this tag game in a smaller groups as opposed to the entire class.
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Scarf Toss Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students review how to properly toss a scarf. In groups, they play the game like an ordinary tag game in which the locomotor skill is changed for each game. If they are tagged, they choose a basket and pick one scarf to juggle.
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North Pole Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners review the proper way to chase, flee and dodge others in a game of tag. As a class, they pretend they are on the North Pole acting as grinches, reindeer and elves. They play the game practicing different locomotor skills.
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Cooperation Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students brainstorm a definition for the word cooperation. As a class, they participate in a game in which they try to avoid the taggers. In groups, they surround a tag classmate and help them get to safety. To end the lesson, they share...
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Bulldog Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a game of Bulldog tag. In groups, they are given different colored pinnies in which they try to catch those wearing a different color. To end the lesson plan, they switch roles between the one doing the tagging...
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Geography Tag

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders participate in a geography tag game that involves identifying the seven continents, U.S. states, and the countries of Europe. In teams representing the different geographical areas of the globe, they run to a base line...
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Hoop Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students play a modified game of tag. Given specific roles of "it" and "free-er," they try to remain outside of the hula hoops that have been placed on the gym floor. Students work cooperatively with the free-er to remain in the game.
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Cars Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a tag game using characters from the Disney movie "Cars." They role-play different characters from the movie, with students wearing different colored vests or wrist bands and jogging in the Impound Area after...
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Skipping Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners participate in a tagging game that involves skipping as the locomotor skill. With one person playing "it," students must skip around the tag area trying to get away from the tagger, and with the tagged learners trying to deter...
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Nemo Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students participate in tag games to exercise. They are divided into two groups: barracudas and Nemo fish. Barracudas tag as many students as possible. Once tagged,t he students perform fish motions, in place, until a "Nemo" touches...
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Bottle Tag

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Young scholars explore, examine and study the game of Bottle Tag that originated in a Spanish countryside. The object of the game is to knock over the bottle without letting the bottle-keeper tag you. They paint their own action-filled...
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Zombie Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students play a game of Zombie Tag. In this Zombie Tag lesson, students participate in a chase and tag game. They walk slowly and stiffly when they are Zombies and run when they are doing the chasing. They "turn into" Zombies when they...
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Yoga Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scholars spread out into personal space. 2-3 taggers are then chosen and given Frisbees.Taggers can't throw Frisbees, only tag with them. Teacher decides which yoga move students who are tagged do. If student is tagged he freezes...
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High-five Foam Hand Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students play tag with a "high-fiver" foam hand. If the high-fiver gets tagged he/she puts one hand down on the floor and extends the hand with the foam hand and when someone gives that tagged person a high-five on the foam hand the...
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Catch, Tag, and Release

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners discover how fish tagging is used by marine biologists and fisheries to estimate fish populations. Participating in a simulation, learners use estimation to determine the whole population from a small number of items.
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USA State Tag / Mississippi River Shuffle

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are given the opportunity to play a tag game while studing geographical sites in the U.S.A. (relative to the Mississippi River or to other geographic features you may choose).
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Who Let the Dogs Out Tag/Dance

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students get a stuffed animal (chicken, dog or rabbit). When the "Bunny Hop" music is playing, all students perform the dance. When "Who Let the Dogs Out" plays, the "dogs" chase (via walking) the chickens and rabbits. If tag
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African Tag

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research, study and identify a list of African countries and capitals and illustrate them on a blank map of Africa. They memorize a certain number of countries and their capitals along with whistles, pennies and other...
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Food Pyramid Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a tag game with the purpose of learning about the food pyramid. In this food pyramid lesson, students are challenged to find photos of specific food groups without being tagged. During this lesson, a whistle is...
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Animal Hide and Seek

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students read about animal camouflage. In this animal adaptation instructional activity, students read short texts about ways in which animals hide or transform to escape their prey. Students explore animal classifications and determine...
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Hide and Seek Science

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students examine macro-invertebrates in order to better understand their link to the food web. Working in groups, they record observations of several areas of a stream or river, collect samples from the river bottom, and identify the...
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"Soil Hide and Seek"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students comprehend the basics of soil testing. They relate the use of grids and plotting to soil samples. Students comprehend how contaminants flow through soil. They discuss factors such as: slope of the pan, time, and the amount of...
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Fitness Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students spread out in general space. Have 2/4 students be the taggers. On the teachers signal the activity starts with the taggers trying to tag the "runners". When taggeg, students then go to an area and perform an exercise.
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Abdominal Tag

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders identify two/three chasers either with a pinnie or have them carry a foam ball. On the signal the chasers try to tag the other students.
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State Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Pupils work on knowledge of state capitols by playing a tag game using a variety of locomotor movements.
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Frosty's Freeze Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students improve their chasing, fleeing and dodging skills in a cooperative, fun, holiday game using white (fleece) snowballs.
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Keeper of the Castle

For Students 2nd - 8th
Set up four Hula Hoops in each corner of the gym that will be used as a base for each team. Use the center circle of the gym as the "castle" with a bunch of "treasure" in it. The treasure consists of a variety of pieces of equipment....
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Pacman

For Students K - 5th
Choose one player to be a Pacman who will walk around the lines of the gym clapping their arms like the mouth of the Pacman. Everyone else stands on a line in the gym without moving. If a Pacman tags a player, then they become a Pacman....
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Space Invaders

For Students 1st - 4th
Split the class into two groups—the meteors and the satellites—with the majority of the class being satellites. The inner circle in the gym is "inner space" while the court around it is "outer space." When satellites are in inner space...
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Regular Field Day

For Teachers K - 6th
This lesson contains a plethora of fun games for a field day extravaganza. The games have been organized by grade levels, but the teacher can adapt them to whatever age category is appropriate for creating a fun-filled activities day....
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Heart Alert

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Explore some of the causes and preventions of heart disease. Young learners play a game of tag in which the taggers role play as risk factors for heart disease. Players who are tagged call out "heart alert" and are saved when someone...
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Chase The Ace

For Teachers 1st - 10th
Tag, you're it! A tag game to use as a warm-up before launching into the daily unit activity. Two players lie side by side, all of these pairs forming a rather large circle. The Ace is running from the Chaser and lies down next to a pair...
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Hide and Seek

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders watch a videostream to examine how animals use camouflage to defend themselves. They color an animal to show that it blends into its natural surroundings.
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Prisoners Baseball

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students play the game prisoners baseball. They tag members of the other team and put them into the prison area. Students may b freed by a member of his own team. Students play a variety of games that help them use team work.
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Pin Grab

For Teachers K - 4th
Pin Grab is a basic tag game. Each player has a clothes pin attached to the back of their shirt. Other players try to grab them off. If a player has their pin grabbed off they must do a physical activity, such as jumping jacks to get...
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Owl Packet

For Teachers K - 3rd
It's all about owls in this activity packet, complete with a print-and-cut matching game, owl bingo, geometric shapes to create an owl, and directions for playing mice-and-owl tag. You'll find everything you need here including poems, a...
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Stepping Stone

For Teachers K - 6th
Challenge your learners to cross a piranha-infested river. Actually, it's just the gym floor, and they are trying to get from point A to point B, but the story makes it a more interesting challenge. Each group has two mats a given...
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Traffic Light Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Pupils practice moving at slow and fast speeds. They are given a red, yellow and green ball, each representing its corresponding traffic light. When tagged, that student must then move at the speed associated with the color ball that...
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Germ Tag

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Young scholars participate in a creative "doctor vs. germ" version of freeze tag.
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Fire Safety Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students play tag. When the tagger tags the "runners" with the socks and says "FIRE", the tagged person must shout "Stop, Drop, and Roll", and then perform those movements (stop, drop, and roll) before contiunuing to play th
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Helping Hands Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students work as teams to help others and develop cardio-respiratory endurance. They play a game of tag using noodles.
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Polydot Locomotor Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students play a tag type game using locomotor skills as they move across the gym. They hop on one or two feet when they are tagged while waiting to be freed.
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Fire Tag

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss and practice the correct way to stop, drop, and roll in the case of a fire. They play a tagging game to help them with this procedure.
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Amoeba Tag

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate how different organisms reproduce by participating in a Amoeba Tag game. Students work as a team and try to catch each other -- thus "reproducing" amoebas.
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Healthy Food Color Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are scattered around the room preparing for a game of tag. As a class, they are to stay away from those that are "it" and complete the different locomotor skills as directed by their teacher. To end the lesson, they identify a...
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Fire Safety Skills Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students practice their fire safety skills of stop, drop and roll, as well as moving low (crawling) through a low organized tag game. They discuss fire safety practices and the importance of smoke detectors. Students experience...
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Tag the Germs

For Teachers K
Students review what happens when they wipe germs off their hands with a wet wipe. Next, they play a game of tag in which some students are germs and others are wipes. They move around while music plays, stop when it stops, and the wipes...
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Turtle Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students review safety rules for playing a P.E. game and a few students are selected as the taggers. On the signal, students avoid being tagged by the tagger using only the locomotor skill selected. They who want to avoid an imminent tag...
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Seahorse Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students demonstrate swimming in a pool and review water safety rules. In this swimming lesson, students apply water safety rules in a game of tag. This lesson has variations to challenge more competent swimmers.
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Caveman Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students practice fleeing and dodging skills, spatial awareness, some experience with normal tag games.
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Spaceship Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners understand personal and general space by playing Spaceship Tag. Students get a "spaceship," which will be their own personal space. While in their "spaceship," they will not be allowed in any other student's personal space.
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Compass Tag

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders follow cardinal directions to locate items in the classroom. They play a game of tag based on identifying objects following the directions based on the compass rose.
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Landform Tag

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore various landforms. They play landform tag while exploring the various types of landforms that are found within the United States. Students locate landforms as they are called by the teacher.
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Irish Jig Tag

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students study Irish Dancing. They watch a video or have experienced watching dancers, such as a dance company, perform. They practice the Irish Jig as a class before the actual game. If a student is tagged by the individual with the...
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Cone Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students demonstrate physical skills. While participating in various activities, students demonstrate their movement proficiency. Students follow instructions to safely participate in a cone tag activity.
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African Tag

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the geography of the African continent by playing a game to memorize African countries and their capitals. In this African tag lesson, 6th graders are spread out in a playing area and the designated "it" students...
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Toad Tag

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students who are chosen as taggers move throughout the area tagging others using a locomotor pattern of choice like walking, hopping, skipping, etc. When tagged, a spell has been cast upon them, turning them into a toad or frog.
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Scarf Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners who are taggers, on the teacher's "GO" signal, try to tag students with scarves. If a student is tagged, the tagged student must give the tagger ONE scarf in order to resume play.
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Hospital Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students participate in a game of tag in which they must perform a variety of activities to be unfrozen after being tagged. They use a variety of locomotor skills while moving around the play area.
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Hand-Off Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars participate in a P.E. tag game. They demonstrate the proper football carrying form and the hand-off position throughout the game.
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Freeze and Thaw Continuous Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students dressed as "Snow Angels" run from "Jack Frosts" until a "Heat Meister" comes to unthaw them. They play this tag game in order to increase their heart rate and warm-up the large muscles (and to have fun.)
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Mickey and Minnie's Freeze Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students use various locomotor skills to explore how to play tag while role playing Mickey and Minnie mouse.
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Cheeto Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Pupils practice motor skills while playing this variation of tag. They learn the importance of hand washing in the activity.
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Creature Tag

For Teachers 1st
First graders play a version of tag. They come out of the designated safe area when the teacher calls out a signal. They move to a new safe area when another signal is called out. A tagger is performing the same action while trying to...
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Hooper Dooper Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students play a rendition of tag. They use hula hoops to freeze and unfreeze players on the field. Complete rules included in plan.
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Food Groups Tag Games

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students begin with a discussion on healthy eating and the four food groups as well as analyzing their typical lunch to see if it includes all food groups. Students then play a modified version of tag, yelling out a food from a specific...
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Toilet Tag

For Teachers K - 12th
Students play a form of tag. Students who are tagged, kneel on one knee and place their thumb in the air. They are freed when students sit on the knee of the tagged student and pull down the thumb that is in the air.
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Madagascar Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students play a tag game. They are divided into zoo keepers, penguins, and lions. Each group has different responsibilities such as skipping, galloping, and jumping. Students perform different locomotor skills each time they are tagged.
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Spaceship Commander Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students participate in a gross motor and locomotor game of tag. A group of students, spaceship commanders, work together to capture all of the "aliens" in the class while wearing hula hoops and practicing a variety of locomotor movements.
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Pokemon Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students play a tag variation game. Four different colored hula hoops are placed in the corners of the gym with a ball of the same color. Four students are selected to be the Pokemon taggers, they stand in their corresponding hula hoop....
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Tigger Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students play a game of tag in an area about the size of a basketball court. They must walk as a "Tigger" and "Pooh" walk in their midst. When students are tagged by Tiggers, they must sit down. When they are tagged by Pooh, students...
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Circle of Friends Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Young scholars practice tagging others safely and moving safely in one general space. They participate in a variety of activities and games to promote tagging others safely and playing with others safely and cooperatively. Each student...
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Reindeer Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students put their thumbs on their head and spread fingers out like antlers when tagged by "elf".
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Phone Tag

For Teachers K
Students play tag with a foam ball. When a student gets tagged by a phone ball, they must walk over to the teacher and recite their phone number.
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E.T. Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students interact in a game of tag. When students are caught they must practice waiting skills to be "unfrozen".
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Macarena Tag

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students play tag to the "Macarena." When the student is tagged they cannot begin to play again until they have done a portion of the Macarena dance.
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Snowshoe Tag Games

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars play a new version of tag on snowshoes. Students are able to discover advantages and disadvantages of wearing snowshoes based on their performance in the game of tag.
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Dribble Tag

For Teachers 8th
Student improve their ability to dribble and maintain control of a basketball. While dribbling the ball, they attempt to tag other students and remove them from the game. This game allows students to test their reaction time and ability...
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Sailors and Sharks

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Young scholars use the skills of fleeing and dodging in order to avoid being tagged. They begin standing on the ships (mats). One student, the shark, wears a pinney. At the signal from the teacher of "Sailors swim", the sailors scatter...
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Batman & Robin

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Learners discuss Batman and Robin. They discuss the rivals (Penguin, Cat Woman, and Joker). Three students are selected to be the rivals, they each receive a pool noodle. Two other learners are selected to be Batman and Robin. Rivals...
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Everyone's It

For Teachers K - 6th
In this lesson, Everyone's It, students play a game of tag. Each person who gets tagged has to do 10 jumping jacks. The activity that is done when tagged can be changed to any of the following activities: push-ups, sit-ups, or jog in...
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Dinosaur Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students review dodging, chasing and fleeing skills while reinforcing concepts about dinosaurs. They need to review the following concepts about how dinosaurs eat and move: Herbivores eat plants, carnivores eat meat, and omnivores eat both.
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Touchdown Tag

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students broken into teams try to score a touchdown having to get through another team first. They have flags and change positions many times throughout the game.
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Compass Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Children play game using cardinal directions to locate different objects around the classroom.
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Highway Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students choose one space on a line as their personal space while other classmates are choseen to be the taggers. Individually, they move along the line staying clear of the taggers. Within a specific time limit, new taggers are chosen.
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Basketball, Dribble Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students work with the teacher one group at a time, spreading out and with a basketball, practice dribbling with the music that is playing in the background. After they dribble with their dominate hand, they switch hands and do the same...
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USA State Tag / Mississippi River Shuffle

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars reinforce the geographic location of the states of the U.S.A.
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Ozone Tag

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explain the role of stratospheric ozone and predict at least three ways in which depleted ozone would change her/his lifestyle. They then describe the process by which chlorine or bromine compounds can break down ozone...
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Dribble Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students practice dribbling with their one hand while staying away from the designated taggers.
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Noodle Stop Soccer

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners play a variation of Freeze Tag. Two students are selected to be noodle stoppers. Other learners receive a soccer ball and place it along the goal line. They dribble their balls to the opposite goal and attempt to score. Noodle...
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Giants, Wizards, Elves

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
This game is a combination of tag and the rock, paper, scissors game. Giants beat elves, elves beat wizards, and wizards beat giants. The set-up determines who becomes the taggers and who is trying to run back to safety.
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Sliding Games (Marbles)

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students play a game of marbles outdoors on an iced area. They begin by playing a warm-up game of tag and proceed to sliding their marbles on an iced surface into holes. They attempt to gain points by sliding the marble into holes of...
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Let's Play Outside!

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Here are 14 games for you to bring to summer camp, a neighborhood gathering, or a birthday party!
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Change in Temperature - Exothermic Reaction

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Alone, or as part of the intended unit on chemical reactions, this activity allows learners to experience an exothermic reaction. Here, learners add calcium chloride to a baking soda solution and watch the temperature rise! They will...
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Touchdown

For Teachers 1st - 9th
Touchdown is a tag game built around stealth and deception. One team is given a small object that fits inside the palm of a hand. Players start at one end of the field and try to get the hidden object across the field to the other...
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Field Dodge Ball

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Set up two teams, one in the field throwing the ball, and the other who will be running through the field to try to score a run. The running team forms two lines behind an endline and the first player in line must run across the field...
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Striking a Balance

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers demonstrate understanding of food chain by assuming roles of animals, playing tag, and simulating feeding relationships.
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Everybody It

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students are in scattered formation within the playing area. The activity begins with all of students being "it". They move about the general space tagging various classmates while avoiding being tagged.
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Line Monsters

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students play a game of tag using lines on the floor.
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Ghostbusters

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners tag classmate with balls.
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Landing

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students perform a locomotor activity designated by the teacher to avoid being tagged by the big bears. If a student gets tagged they must freeze and stay in that spot until one of the two doctor comes over and heals them (unfreezing...
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Crabmania

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners perform the "crab walk" and the "fish swim" as music plays. When the music stops, the "fish" students freeze in position as the crabs tag other fish. Tagged fish become crabs. Learners continue playing the modified game of tag.
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Pirates of the Caribbean

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a "Pirates of the Caribbean" tag game to demonstrate scooter skills and safety techniques. Students identify and discuss scooter safety rules, then play a tag game with each student (pirate) on a scooter, with...
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Patintero

For Students 2nd - 6th
In this Patinero activity, learners play a game called Patinero where they try to run and tag others in lines in a square. Students play 1 game.
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Grinch Stole Christmas

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students participate in a variety of 'tag'. The "Grinch" is it while "Santa and Mrs. Claus" can free any 'frozen' students. They can work on varied locomotor skills (hopping, walking, jumping)as they navigate the field boundaries
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Valentine Rescue

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students play a Valentine's Day version of tag. They attempt to rescue bean bags (valentines) from one end of the play area and deliver them to another without getting tagged by a 'Hug' or 'Kiss'. Cupid can unfreeze any tagged players.
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Turkeys and Feathers

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars play a game of tag while holding the position of turkey or feather. The turkey's are it and when they catch a feather they switch positions. Great for Thanksgiving.
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Ghostbusters

For Teachers K - 4th
Learners are giving one scooter to participate in the tag game. As a class, they create their own obstacle course in which they try to avoid the taggers in the haunted setting. To end the lesson, they discover why physical activity is...
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Eye Hand and Fitness

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students play the games Sharks and Seaweed, Juggle, and Shark Filled Waters. They are simply tag games that can be played outside of P.E. because it requires no equipment - and can be played with 6+ Students.
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Food-Group Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students organize food groups into categories. Students work in cooperative groups to illustrate different types of food groups. Students collect data on different types of food groups to support findings.
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Creature Tag

For Teachers 1st
First graders act as organisms in an environment.  In this organisms lesson, 1st graders demonstrate various animal characteristics. Students recognize whether an animal is safe or unsafe in a particular environment.
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Animal Tag

For Teachers K
Students use an activity to help them explore the characteristics of animals. They are to imitate an animal and the other team is to guess.
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Healthy Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students play a game to increase physical activity. In this exercise instructional activity, students identify benefits to a healthy lifestyle and learn a fast-paced game to promote blood flow. Students perform activities found on...
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Stinger Tag

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders, in teams, use an assigned color ball to hold as they move and tag.
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Willie Wonka Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students play "Willie Wonka" tag (a form of freeze tag). They are in two groups, runners and taggers. The runners' goal is to find a golden ticket under a gum drop (spot marker). Runners try to avoid being tagged with a licorice (foam...
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Body Composition Tag

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students are in two groups the "fat cells," are a group of 2 or 3 taggers, the rest of the class is lean body tissue. Students have two areas in the gym that are safe zones (nutrition and rest). Students who enter the nutrition zone have...
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Respiratory Attack Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners play tag using science terms.
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Pumpkin Tag

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students, as trick or treaters. move around the gym performing various locomotor movements. The witch moves on a broomstick. If the witch tags a trick or treater they turn into a ghost and must stay where they are and move like a ghost.
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Magician Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in a creative version of the game freeze tag.
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Partner Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students find a partner. After they are with a partner have them find a good self space in the playing area. Identify one student as the chaser and the other as the dodger. After the dodger is tagged, students switch roles.
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Locomotor Change Tag

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students are in scattered formation within the playing area. The identified chasers each have a foam ball. On the signal they chase using a locomotor movement. When tagged a students changes movement.
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Muscle Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students get a yarn ball and find a good self space in the playing area (best designated by cones-NOT the walls of a gym). On the teacher's signal students walk and try to tag anyone and everyone in the area.
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Prisoners Baseball

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners play a game in which they play tag across a mid-line. They attempt to tag players in their zone and put them in "prison."
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Hanukkah Tag Game

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students discuss the celebration of Hanukah. They play a Hanukkah tag game. Students pretend to be candle makers and "shamus" candles. They practice chasing, fleeing, and dodging games.
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Physical Education: Tag - You're Wet!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Pupils play a version of water tag under close adult supervision. In waist high water, several students are "it" and the remaining class members have to get to the other side of the pool without being tagged. The first student to make...
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Geography Tag

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders participate in a game to test their knowledge of world geography.  In this geography game lesson, 6th graders label maps of the U.S., Europe,and the seven continents. Students are divided into teams and play a tag game.
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Duck, Duck, Goose

For Teachers K - 6th
Students play a chasing tag game called "Duck, Duck, Goose. They partner up and touch one other saying either duck or goose. The one who calls goose chases the other across a predetermined line.
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Partner Tag 20

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are asked to find a partner and join hands (preferably not interlocking fingers) or hook elbows.
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TOG (Jog-Tag)

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students go out to the track or around the outside perimeter of a gym. Two or three taggers start at one end of the track while the rest start at the opposite end. Then all run in one direction around the track. At the signal, they begin...
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High Ten Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students are scattered within the playing area. Chasers have a foam ball. They chase the other students. When someone is tagged,they freeze with their hands over their head. They jump up and give a high five to unfreeze someone.
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Triangle Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students practice their chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills in small groups.
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Foot Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students use a yarn or fleece ball. On the signal (whistle, music) students move around trying to hit as many different classmates feet as possible.
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Snowball Tag

For Teachers K - 5th
Students play pretend snow games, using balls of yarn as snowballs.
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Big Fish, Little Fish

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Tag, you're eaten! A lesson on predator-prey relationships uses the game freeze tag as a model. Learners become either a predator or prey and play a game of tag as the prey tries to reach areas that house food and shelter. During the...
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Capture The Ball

For Students 4th - 8th
Play this fun twist on capture the flag with your class! After setting up the equipment, divide the class into two equal teams, and choose one person to be a guard on each team. The guard is the only person on either team allowed to...
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Chase the Ace

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Chase the Ace is a great warm-up activity for all ages. Just make sure there is plenty of space to run around taking into consideration the number of players and the age of the players. Make the game challenging but not so difficult that...
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Testing Do Not Disturb Door Hanger

For Teachers K - 12th
Shelter your class from outside noise by indicating that your class is testing with a tag for your door. There are two tags on the page and space to cut out a hole for the door handle. Since the resource is a Word document, you can...
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Warm Ups & Cool Downs for Children

For Teachers K - 5th
What makes an effective warm-up and cool-down activity? as well as tips for leading stretches. Find detailed activity plans, as well as tips for leading stretches, for elementary school, tag-based games (including one game called "Toilet...
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Travis the Train: Spring Time Animals

For Students K - 6th
Tag along with Travis the Train as he encounters various baby animals that live on the farm. The spring time story introduces special-needs or autistic children to the types of plants and animals found on farms, each animal is identified...
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Woodland Chase

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Too many predators or too many prey is not good for a habitat. Pupils learn how the predator-prey relationship serves to maintain healthy populations with a game simulation. Individuals take on the roles of either a predator or prey and...
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Your Digital Footprint: Leaving a Mark

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
A digital footprint is the trail of personal information that comes from purchasing online, tagging friends in photos, blogging, and using social media. Kids discuss what information can be tracked, privacy, and what your digital...
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Pool Medical Patents, Save Lives

For Students 9th - 12th
People with HIV and AIDS are living for a much longer time and with a better quality of life now thanks to improved pharmaceuticals. With these higher-quality drugs, however, comes a high price tag that makes the drugs unavailable to a...
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Welcome Back to School

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Get your classroom ready for Back-to-School Night with this collection of templates and displays. Including a back-to-school banner, name tags, book plates, parent invitations, table settings, and much more. This resource offers...
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Healthy Snacking: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewTwo activities focus on healthy snacking. In the first activity, scholars create a poster displaying two messages—pack a healthy snack and make good food choices. The second activity challenges pupils to draft a snack list and tag along...
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Primary PE Lesson

For Teachers K - 1st
Students divide into two groups facing each other; tossing the bean bags to each other. The teacher calls out names of unhealthy food and students start to throw beanbags back and forth to their partner. When students hear a healthy...
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Soccer - Lesson 16 - Practice

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Lesson 16 is just another day of practice in preparation for the class soccer World Cup. There is a pretty involved warm-up activity called Flag Drag Tag. The skills of tag, running around and trying to stay away from taggers is a...
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P.E. Lesson: Black Bear

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Learners run and try to tag a classmate as "Black Bear, Black Bear" is yelled by another student. In this P.E. instructional activity, students try to get to the opposite side of a playing area without being tagged or being tricked by...
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Lacrosse Tag

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students play a game using lacrosse sticks and practice their cradling and scooping.
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Groundhog Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students act like groundhogs in order to practice the skills of chasing, fleeing, and dodging.
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Respiratory Attack Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students experiment with the alveoli by showing how nicotine, tar and carbon dioxide can affect the lungs. They role play being nicotine, carbon dioxide, tar, alveoli and cough.
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Wipeout (Dancing Legs) Tag

For Teachers K - 12th
Pupils participate in physical education activities such as dancing or completing stationary swimming movements. They perform various actions to specified instruments such as guitars and drums. Students attempt to stay away from...
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Sugar and Fat Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in a game of chase and learn about healthy food choices. In this physical activity and healthy diet lesson, students play a game of chase by role playing as sugar and fat examples Students name examples of fruits and...
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Throw and Catch Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students throw and catch, moving through general space safely amongst others.
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Rollerblade Scarf Tag

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students particpate in a rollerblading activity to increase their aerobic capacity. They who are comfortable on rollerblades participate in the game while others practice basic skills.
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Wipeout (Dancing Legs) Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Students choose to dance or do a stationary swimming movement within this lesson. They play a game of noodles and taggers. The teacher explains the rules to the game and then the game begins.
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American Idol Tag

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students role play their favorite judge and chase the other students to try to take their flag football flags away. Then they travel around the gym freely trying not to lose their flags. Students who lose their flags help the judges to...
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My Pyramid Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the food pyramid and healthy eating. After discussing the five healthy food groups, students participate in activities to demonstrate the benefits of healthy food groups. They play games to discover the benefits of...
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Soccer Tunnel Tag

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Young scholars practice various motor skills. In groups students practice kicking a ball into a goal at a specified distance. Young scholars play games involving running and skipping. The leader of each group dribbles the ball. ...