Cones to delineate teaching area and finish line funnel
Equipment for Challenge Course
Cones for challenge course signs
8-12 foam balls
Map of campus cross country course you create
The student will:
Participate in Surf’s Up demonstrating agility, speed, cooperative skills and following the instructions described by the instructor.
Participate in the Challenge Course to improve aerobic endurance, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility during the Fitness section of class.
Demonstrate Cross Country Jogging and Walking skills using form demonstrated by the instructor.
Participate and cooperate with teammates in the Parachute Ball Flip activity.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Students stand back-to-back with a partner along the center line. Each jumps and counts to three, then turns and shows surfer (hands out like riding a wave), shark (hands above head like a fin), or wave (hands above head rounded to front). Shark eats surfer, surfer rides the wave, and wave overtakes the shark. Whoever wins runs back to their sideline while the partner chases. If the winner makes it across line without being tagged, he or she earns a point. If the chaser tags the partner before crossing line, he or she earns a point.
Get back to back with a partner
Practice the surfer, shark, and wave poses and make clear who wins in the one on one contest.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Agility run between and around cones
Hop through hula hoops
Hurdle over 3 benches set up with space between them
Leap/jump over ropes set up on a diagonal
Crab walk (feet first) length of a mat
Log roll down the length of a mat
Jump rope 10 times using “Hot Peppers”
Skip around cones set up
Crab walk (hands first) between markers/cones
Jog around the area
Use Whistle Mixer to create groups to begin at designated stations.
Make signs for movement at each station.
Use music to motivate moving through obstacle course. Create intervals with 30 seconds of music followed by 5 seconds of silence to change stations.
A Challenge Course is like an obstacle course offering a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual/ team must complete usually while being timed. Obstacle courses can include running, climbing, jumping, crawling, and balancing elements with the aim of testing endurance; sometimes a course involves mental tests. Obstacle courses are often included in military boot camp training to familiarize recruits with the kind of tactical movement they will use in combat, as well as for physical training, building teamwork, and evaluating problem solving situations.
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Cross-country courses can be marked with a chalk line and cones so that runners follow the course as outlined. Checkpoints every 220 yards offer runners a convenient reference point so that they can gauge accurately how far they have run. Three courses of differing lengths and difficulty can be laid out. The beginning course can be 1 mile in length, the intermediate 1.25 miles, and the advanced 1.5 miles. Including sandy or hilly areas in the course increases the challenge. When students run cross-country, they can select the course that challenges them appropriately.
It is entirely appropriate to select a fast-paced walk if students judge themselves unable to run the entire distance.
Discuss the sport of cross-country running and how it is scored.
Seven members to a team.
Lowest score wins.
Total points for each team based on places finished in race.
Divide the class into equal teams by recording times for all members of the class regardless of whether they walked or ran. Create teams of equal ability by dividing students to that the total elapsed time (for all team members) is equal.
Depending on the ability of students, teams can run different length courses. The following lengths are suggested:
Explain how to “warm down” after each course run.
A funnel made of cones at the finish line prevents tying times. As runners go through the funnel, the meet judges and helpers can hand each one a marker with the place of finish on it. This simplifies scoring at the end of the meet. Each team captain can total the scores and report the result.
Closing Activity (5 Minutes)
Parachute Ball Flip
Divide the class into two teams. One team takes one half of the parachute and holds it with both hands. The other half of the class gets the opposite half of the parachute. Place 8-12 playground or foam balls on the chute. On signal, players try to flip the balls over the heads (and off the chute) of the opposite team.
Players must maintain their grip on the parachute. No ball can be touched with the hands. However, the balls can be blocked with the body much like soccer.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
What were the most challenging fitness activities today? Explain the background of obstacle/ challenge courses. How did you feel about the cross-country jog-walk today? Remember your time for tomorrow.