How to teach the basic gymnastic shapes

If you’re planning to teach your students gymnastics, (check out our gym pack here), they’ll need to know the fundamental shapes to help them develop and progress on the different equipment. Below are 7 basic ground shapes to teach your class – You can also check out some station activities (with video help) here.

Make sure you put emphasis on making it look elegant – Gymnastics is a sport that needs not only the skill to be completed, but to be done with a graceful appearance.

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  • Put your legs together out straight
  • Point your arms up straight in the air
  • Keep your back straight/upright
  • Your body should look like a capital L

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  • Sit on your bottom
  • Bring your knees up to your chest
  • Tuck your chin down to your knees
  • Hold each leg with 1 hand
  • (don’t ‘hug’ your knees)

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  • Lie down on the ground
  • Put your legs together out straight
  • Put your arms straight above your head
  • Your should be strong like a pencilpikee 
  • Put your legs together out straight
  • Point your arms out straight and point to your toes
  • Keep your back straight/uprightstraddle gymnastics pe sport lesson teach how to gym 
  • Put your arms out and point to your toes
  • Sit on your bottom
  • Spread your legs out wide apart
  • Keep your legs straight, don’t bend your knees

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  • Stand up straight
  • Put your legs together
  • Put your arms straight above your head
  • Your should be strong like a pencil

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  • Put your arms out wide to the side
  • Put your legs out wide to the side

The video below all takes you through a simple and effective warm-up/stretching routine to use before your gymnastic lessons:

 

 Now check out our complete ‘Gymnastic stations for PE’ pack – A complete sport unit with over 60 activities for the trampoline, wedge, bars, floor mats, beams and more. You’ll be fully equipped to teach gymnastics to your elementary classes (grades K-3 pack/grades 3-6 pack):

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lesson plan gymnastics sport pe teachEach lesson plan provides a fun warm up game, stretching routine, and easy-to-follow setup and teaching instructions for the stations. Click on a grade below to check them out!

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grades K-3

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grades 3-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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