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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Walking Willie
Purpose of Activity:To assist students in developing their cardiorespiratory endurance.
Suggested Grade Level:K-5
Materials Needed:Many paper markers (similar to book markers)
Lesson Plan:Description of Idea
Measure off an area of your field or gym. Use a measuring wheel to determine how many times around it is equal to one mile. Have students walk this area for a given amount of time (you can start off with a few minutes and progress -- my students build up to a ten minute time limit). As each student completes a lap around the area, hand them one of the paper markers. At the end of the time period, have students stop and count the markers. Determine how many miles the total class has walked (may need to do this later if time is a problem; if it's not, this is a good "counting" activity for the class). I post the miles students have walked by using a "Walking Willie Worm" -- he grows a segment by each mile that has been walked.
This is a great "instant activity", or beginning of class warm up.
Use this activity as part of a "Mile Walkers Club" -- any student who can walk a mile in 10 minutes belongs to the club.
This activity has been very successful for students in my Special
Author:Chris Parsley who teaches at Pine Bluff School District in Pine Bluff , AR . Posted on PEC: 5/5/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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