Challenge course equipment including hoops, cones, jump ropes, mats.
The student will:
Participate in Bean Bag Touch and Go demonstrating cooperative skills, agility, and following the instructions described by the instructor.
Participate in the Challenge Course to improve strength, endurance, and flexibility during the Fitness section of class.
Demonstrate Walk-Jog-Walk skills using form demonstrated by the instructor.
Participate in Musical Hoops as presented by the instructor during the closing portion of class while demonstrating cooperative skills.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Bean Bag Touch and Go
Spread different colored beanbags throughout the area. On signal, students run to a beanbag, touch it, and resume running. To increase the challenge, the color of the beanbag can be specified, and the touch must be made with a designated body part. An example might be, “Touch six yellow beanbags with your left hand.” Students can also move to a beanbag, perform a 90-degree pivot (or 180 degrees), and resume running.
This activity can also be conducted with cones or poly spots.
Variation: specify the color of the beanbag and the body part the touch must be made with.
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)
Students can choose to move alone as they alternate walking and jogging. The activity is self-directed and non-competitive. If rest is needed, that is acceptable as well. The goal is to show the joy of moving and being an active person.
When possible, use music for students while they are walking and jogging.
Early in this unit, avoid comparing and talking about how far or how long students jogged. Jogging is a non-competitive lifestyle activity.
People around the world have taken to jogging for to improve their well-being and fitness. It’s an activity that can be done alone or in groups. It doesn’t take equipment, just a good supportive pair of running shoes.
Closing Activity (5 Minutes)
Players are given a locomotor movement to perform over and around hoops spaced on the floor while the music is played. When the music stops, the students step inside the nearest empty hoop. Remove 1 hoop each round.
1 hoop per student on floor
For a social aspect to the activity, specify they must get in a hoop with one other person when the music stops. Give them a few seconds to ask their partner a question or just deliver a greeting. Increase the number of students required to get inside a hoop.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
What muscles and body parts were used in Fitness today? Describe one of the attractions to jogging that people around the world have discovered. Are you finding it easier today to jog? What is the name of the first American astronaut?