Participate in Marking and demonstrate agility and cooperative skills.
Participate in Four Corners Fitness to improve aerobic endurance, flexibility and strength and during the Fitness portion of class.
Play softball following given rules and demonstrating hitting, catching, batting and cooperative skills demonstrated in class during the unit.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Students find a partner. Under control, one partner runs, dodges, and tries to lose the other, who must stay within 3 feet of the runner. On signal, both stop and freeze. Chasers must be able to touch their partners to say that they have marked them. Partners then change roles.
Allow a point to be scored only when they touch a specified body part (i.e., knee, elbow, left hand).
Clarify it is not a tag game but rather shadowing your partner. Allow one giant step in any direction to see if they can “mark” their partner.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Four Corners Fitness
A large rectangle is formed using four cones as markers. Students move continually around the perimeter of the rectangle. At each corner, a different movement is performed. Examples of activity alternatives that can be performed on the long sides of the rectangle are jogging, power skipping, sliding, jumping, and hopping. On the short sides of the rectangle, movements requiring slower, more concentrated attention (for example, lunges and inchworms) can be performed.
Follow aerobic work with stretching activities such as Lower leg stretch; Balance beam stretch; Groin stretch; Cross-legged stretch; twisting; Standing hip bend, etc.
An interesting variation is to set up tumbling activities or tires and challenge students to go over, around, and through them. The need for continuous movement should be emphasized, and the rectangle should be large enough to provide a challenging workload for the cardiorespiratory system.
Use signs on cones that list the exercises, stretching, and aerobic activities students are to perform as they pass a cone. Place 2-3 activities on each cone so students have some choices of activities to do.
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Play softball games
Create new teams as often as possible to increase the opportunity for all students to play together.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
Were there any skills in Softball that you still need to improve?
What was difficult about the parachute fitness activities used today?