Up Down All Around Lesson Plans©


It is our experience that gymnastic activities are

Easy for teachers, coaches or activity leaders to present


Beneficial and enjoyable for students / participants!


Target Audiences

  • Elementary Schools Grades 1 – 6
  • Ages 6 – 11 years
  • University or College Teacher Education
  • Clubs, Summer Camps, After School Physical Literacy Programs
  • Healthy programs for children & youth

UDAA Lesson Plan Logic

The three authors of this series have all lectured at Universities and are the authors of the original Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Federation’s introductory texts for coach / teacher education in gymnastics.  These publications view gymnastics as an umbrella term under which many sports and many activities are grouped.  The sports include the 3 Olympic sports of Artistic, Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics plus the non-Olympic sports of Acrobatic and Aerobics.  The activities are practiced as:  educational gymnastics; recreational gymnastics; pre-school gymnastics; display gymnastics and applied gymnastics.

All these forms of gymnastics have in common certain patterns of movement that differentiate gymnastics from games, aquatics and dance.  For example, swinging and somersaulting are obviously gymnastics activities, not games activities. 

It is possible to demonstrate that 6 basic movement patterns encompass all gymnastics skills and activities.  They are the lowest common denominators of gymnastics.

These 6 Gymnastics Movement Patterns (GMP’s) will become the themes of our lessons because they are what make gymnastics … gymnastics! 

The GMP’s differentiate gymnastics from other activities.

Resource Design

Three Series of 20 Lesson Plans Each:

The Ruschkin ©Up Down All Around Lesson Plans consist of 3 series that target School Grades 1 – 6, or ages 6 – 11 in healthy programs for children and youth.  Each series is comprised of 20 Lesson Plans.  Each series can be used for 2 grade levels:

  • Series A is designed for Grades 1 & 2 or ages 6 – 7 year olds
  • Series B is designed for Grades 3 & 4 or ages 8 – 9 year olds
  • Series C is designed for Grades 5 & 6 or ages 10 – 11 year olds

Each Lesson consists of 4 pages:

  • Page 1 = Activation or warm-up
  • Page 2 = Directed Learning - teacher directed
  • Page 3 = Exploratory Learning – student directed
  • Page 4 = Review & Lesson Expander

Typical Series of 20 Lesson Plans - Scope & Sequence:


        Theme                  Sub Theme

  1. Landings              On the Feet
  2. Landings              On the Hands
  3. Landings              On the Feet & The Hands
  4. Stationary             Supports (individual)
  5. Stationary             Supports (pairs)
  6. Stationary             Balances (feet & knees)
  7. Stationary             Balances (hips, shoulders)
  8. Stationary             Hangs
  9. Locomotions        On the Feet
  10. Locomotions        In Supports
  11. Locomotions        In Hang
  12. Rotations              Broad Axis of Body
  13. Rotations              Long Axis of Body
  14. Rotations              Combined Axes
  15.  Spring                  From the legs
  16. Spring                   From the LLgs & Arms
  17. Swing                    From the Arms
  18. Review                  Landings & Stationary
  19. Review                  Locomotions & Rotations
  20. Review                  Springs & Swings

UDAA Lesson Plan Series:

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Series A

Series A (20 Lesson Plans) targets ages 6 to 8, and is designed to provide a first exposure ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­to fundamental movement through games and activities.

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Series B

Series B (20 Lesson Plans) targets ages 8 to 10, and is designed to progressively build upon the games, movements, and skills covered in Series A.

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Series C

Series C (20 Lesson Plans) targets ages 10 to 12, and is designed to progressively build upon the games, movements, and skills covered in Series B.

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UDAA Teachers Guide

The Up Down All Around Teacher’s Guide is designed to provide Teachers, Coaches and Program Leaders with the logic behind the Lesson Plans.  It guides the user through the 4 Sections of each Lesson Plan:

  • Activation
  • Exploratory Learning
  • Directed Learning
  • Review & Lesson Expander


Available in Canada, and for international bulk ordering, Lesson Plan per unit prices below exclude shipping & handling (5% GST also applied for Canadian orders). Organizational Purchase Orders, and credit card payments, accepted.


Series A





1 – 5

6 – 10


Series B




Series C





The UDAA Teachers Guide comes complimentary with your order! 


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