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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Daytona 500
Print out a starting line-up and some pictures from during the week before the race. You can also print out the meanings of the "flags" used for a Nascar race.
Purpose of Activity:
A fun fitness activity utilizing pedometers while learning facts about the Daytona 500.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Cones; scooters; pedometers; poly spots; flags (green; yellow; white; checkered and red - we used old pillow polo sticks and laminated construction paper taped on the end;)
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Make an oval track in the gym using cones, on the front stretch of the track and leave 2 openings, one for entering "pit row" and one for exiting "pit row". Place poly spots marking the spots for the "pit crew". Divide the class into groups of 3. One waits on the spot, while one on the scooter, the last person is the "fanatic fan" that is jumping up and down cheering around the perimeter of the space. All students are wearing a pedometer.

Start all scooters (2 abreast) down "pit row". Quickly go over the rules, must be seated on your scooter, pit crew needs to step in place while car is out on track, fans are jumping up and down around the perimeter. Talk about basic scooter safety rules. Teacher uses the flags.

Yellow (caution) - slow down
Red - stops race for weather or bad crash
White - one lap left
Green - go fast and under control
Checkered - ends race

Each racer goes two laps. After two laps, rotations occur in the "pit row". The rotation is: driver to fanatic fan to pit crew to driver. Team sets a goal for the number of steps they will accumulate in one six lap race. Add all three teammates steps together. (*Incorporates math - adding up teams steps).

Assessment Ideas:

Number of steps accumulated in a race. Did the team set an accurate goal? Can they exceed the number of steps in the next race?
Christi Anderson who teaches at North Intermediate in St. Peter, MN. Posted on PEC: 3/10/2003.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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