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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Fitness Speedway
Suggested Grade Level:3-5
Materials Needed:4 cones and poster board with various exercises written on it for all students to see;
Lesson Plan:Description of Idea
On white poster board, write 5 or more exercises with a black marker for all students to see. For example, 1. Push-ups; 2. Crunches; 3. Jumping jacks; 4. Curls with Dynabands; and 5. Different inverted balances (must hold for 5 seconds).
Set up cones on the corners of a basketball court or other playing area. Display the poster board for all students to see when they enter the gym. Have students partner up. One partner starts on the inside of the cones and attempts to do as many push-ups as possible while their partner runs a lap. Note: Push-ups is the first exercise listed on the poster board. After the runner has completed a lap, the partners will give each other a high-five and then switch roles. The second time the student is inside the cones they will attempt to do as many crunches as possible while their partner runs a lap. Remember, each time a student enters the inside of the cones, he/she will perform the next exercise listed on the poster board. Have the students play the activity for 3-5 minutes. If partners finish all 5 exercises have them repeat the activity.
Use different exercises or movements in the activity. For example, balance on one body part, mountain climbers, squat jumps, etc.
After the activity, have all students walk a lap or two to cool down. This is a good time to have students check their heart rate.
Instead of running laps, have students walk, skip, gallop, etc.
After completing a lap, have the runner find his/her partner inside the circle and then they can give each other a high-five to switch roles.
Author:Mark Mullen who teaches at Janesville-Roosevelt Elementary in Janesville , WI . Posted on PEC: 7/20/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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