Week #1: Rhythmic Gymnastics Lesson Plan 2 - Tuesday
Music for Whistle March and continuity exercises
1 Individual jump rope per student
Music for Fitness
The student will:
Participate in Whistle March demonstrating rhythm, agility, quick changes in direction and sportsmanship.
Participate in Continuity Exercises to improve strength, endurance, coordination, and aerobic capacities.
Demonstrating ball skills and a routine demonstrated by the instructor.
Participate in Push-up Tag playing cooperatively with their partner and using form demonstrated by the instructor.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Clap on the dominant beat. Clap and march in place to beat. March around room in time to music played while moving around room. Blow the whistle several times (2-6). As quickly as possible, students make groups corresponding to the number of whistle blasts by linking elbows. Blow whistle once to signal a return to solo marching.
Direct students to create groups containing different people each time.
Students without a group go to center to find others.
Play music with dominant beat.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
These exercises are a type of interval training. Create music with 30 – 35 seconds of music and 20 seconds of silence. During music the students jump rope. During pause, lead floor exercises.
Stretching During the last silence, conduct stretching exercises to stretch the areas worked i.e. calves; quadriceps; etc.
Bear Hug Lunge Forward: Achilles and calf stretch Lunge forward and extend rear leg straight back. Hamstring Stretch-Reverse Lunge: From the lunge position, shift lunge and weight to rear leg, extend front leg. Keep heel on ground, toe flexed, pointing to sky. Standing Hip Bend (Both sides) Hold the position for 20 – 20 seconds. Elbow Puller and Pusher (Both sides)
When the silence begins, instruct the students to do an exercise i.e. push-ups; curl ups; reverse push-ups; etc. When the music resumes, the students jump rope. During each silence direct a difference exercise.
Slower and lower volume music should be added to this portion of the music for enjoyable stretching.
Attempt to place the rear foot flat on the floor. Hands on front thigh for support. Back flat and on upward diagonal. Hold stretch for 30 seconds. Change legs. Hands on front thigh for support, back flat but on upward diagonal.
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Review ball activities taught in Lesson 1 Balancing movements plus ball skills Balance on 1 foot with 1 arm extended out while tossing ball with other hand. Hold a balance while kneeling on the floor and circle or swing ball, etc.
Ball Routine: Bounce the ball in place while extending opposite arm out horizontally; Bounce the ball while moving forward slowly walking or sliding using an arm movement; Run forward while making swing tosses from side to side; Bounce the ball while making a full turn; Run low to the ground in a figure-eight pattern; Toss the ball up and catch it with one hand; repeat on other side; Finish with a toss and catch the ball blindly behind the back.
All students have their own ball to practice skills. Direct various balances combined with circling, tossing, swinging ball movements practiced in Lesson 1.
You can draw the floor pattern on a poster board for students to follow or you can allow them to draw a floor pattern.
First practice routine without any music, and then add music.
Closing Activity (5 Minutes)
Select several it’s. Rotate roles frequently.
Perform push-ups or assume push-up position to be “safe”.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
Were you able to perform the routine? What areas caused difficulty? Which fitness activities were particularly challenging? What muscles did you use in class today? What is the history of Rhythmic Gymnastics in the United States? Cheer: Rhythmic Gymnastics rocks and rolls!