Participate in the European Rhythmic Running demonstrating balance, creativity, rhythmic awareness and changes in direction, and cooperative skills.
Participate in Fitness Challenge Course to improve strength, endurance, coordination, and aerobic capacities.
Demonstrate rope, ribbon, ball, and hoop swinging, circling, figure-eights, and Schottische step skills using form demonstrated by the instructor and create a routine using the apparatus of her choice.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
European Running with Variations
Students move around the area to the beat of a tambourine. The step is a trot with the knees lifted. Emphasize proper spacing and moving rhythmically. Stop on a double beat of the tambourine. Try some of the following variations:
Clap hands on every fourth beat.
Stamp foot on every second beat.
On signal, make a complete turn using four running steps.
On signal, stop, pivot, and move in the opposite direction.
Let a student lead the class through various formations.
Have the leader move in different shapes and designs. Have class freeze and see if they can identify the shape or formation.
At times, stop the drumbeat and have the class continue running. Challenge them to maintain the rhythm with their feet. Avoid the tendency to speed the rhythm.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Fitness Challenge Course
Design a course using the following components: • Agility run through hoops • Log rolls • Run and weave through a coned course • Leap over a taut rope • Cross a horizontal ladder (or hang for 5-10 seconds) • Power jump onto and off of three jumping boxes • Walk the length of a balance beam • Run high knees for 50 yards • Curl-ups • Crab Walks from one cone to another • Stretching exercises
Divide class into groups of 4 – 5. Assign each group a starting point on the Challenge Course. Use music to motivate.
Course should be created to exercise all parts of the body Allow students to run the Challenge Course 3 times Allow students to develop new challenges for the course Music can be used for fun and to motivate students Students will travel the course at their own pace. Have a passing lane to the right.
Lesson Focus and Closing Activity (15-20 Minutes)
Students create a routine using apparatus of their choice.
Routine can be done in 2’s or solo.
Play music that can be used for the routine.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
Discuss creative presentations due the next day. Students create cheer.