Participate in Mirror activity demonstrating cooperative skills and rapid reaction time.
Participate in Four Corners Movement to improve aerobic endurance, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility during the Fitness section of class.
Demonstrate Orienteering Running skills using form demonstrated by the instructor.
Participate in Triangle and Two Tag as presented by the instructor during the closing portion of class.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Mirror Activity in Place
Each student faces a partner. One person is the leader and makes a quick movement with the hands, head, legs, or body. The partner tries to be a mirror and perform the exact same movement. The leader must pause briefly between movements. Leader and partner exchange places after 30 seconds.
Use toe-to-toe to make groups of two
Encourage students to make athletic poses such as shooting a basket, kicking a football, or spiking a volleyball.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Four Corners Movement
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.
Jumping rope is a great form of cardiovascular activity. Try jumping rope continuously for 20 minutes at home; it is sure to give you a great work-out and tire you out!
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Orienteering emphasizes running (jogging) from point to point on or near the school grounds. Create a map of the activity area and include 10 or more checkpoints that contain secret clues, letters, and instructions to the next checkpoint.
Use Back-to-back to make groups of 2
Distribute Orienteering run map of school area.
Let students work with a partner or in groups of 3-5 if they choose.
Closing Activity (5 Minutes)
Students are in groups of five. Three students hold hands and form a triangle. One other student is the chaser, and the other student is a fugitive trying to keep from being tagged. The triangle tries to help the fugitive stay untagged by moving around and blocking the chaser. Rules include no jumping over the triangle or pushing the triangle out of the way. The triangle must stay together. The chaser must go around the triangle to tag.
Get students in groups of 5.
If desired, put out a spot per group to signify where the fugitive will start the game.
Students switch roles after a tag or a specified amount of time.
Tag games are great to play with friends at parks or picnics. While having fun, you help improve everyone’s aerobic fitness levels.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
What was the focus of the fitness activity today?
What was the most interesting part of the Orienteering Run?