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How to Teach the Essential Skills of Dodging

Fundamental motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking and running, playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat).  Dodge is one of the primary eleven important fundamental

motor skills to learn, particularly for students in Early Childhood.  Teachers

will learn the importance of dodge, as these actions require proper

coordination and strength from multiple body segments to produce the

skill. Children will develop improved lateral movements and agility through

game play and group activities.

In teaching dodge, students will learn:

  1. Eyes focused forward in the direction of travel throughout the dodge

  2. Change direction by pushing off outside foot

  3. Body lowered during the change of direction

  4. Change of direction occurs in one step

  5. Dodge repeated from left to right, right to left and so on


Teaching Dodge is a great way to engage your students with essential

fundamental movement skills.  This unit promotes coordination, lateral

movements and team skills.  Have a look at the Early Childhood PE Dodge

Lessons Pack (click the link to the side).  You will be fully equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades K – 2.  You will also receive the I CAN posters, student checklists, lessons and more.