Participate in Fitness Challenge Course to improve strength, endurance, coordination, and aerobic capacities.
Demonstrate rope swinging, circling, figure-eights, and Schottische step skills using form demonstrated by the instructor.
Participate in Pig Ball demonstrating cooperative skills and following the rules established by the instructor.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1 – 5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Builders and Destroyers
Place about 30 cones on the gym floor in a scatter formation with half the cones tipped over. Half of the students are the builders trying to set up all the cones, and the other half of the students are the destroyers tipping over the cones. After 15 to 20 seconds, stop the activity and see how many cones are in each position. Challenge the groups to improve that number during the next attempt.
Quickly divide the class in half by going toe to toe.
Place cones around the perimeter of the area and have students acquire a cone and set it up or lay it down depending on their team status.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Fitness Challenge Course
Design a course using the following components:
Agility run through hoops
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
Crab Walks from one cone to another
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 (15-20 Minutes)
Review rope skills taught yesterday.
Single and double jump forward and backward
While holding both ends of the rope in one hand, circle the rope backward at the side of the body and run forward.
Perform a locomotor dance step and simultaneously toss and catch the rope.
Hold both ends of the rope and swing it around the body like a cape.
Perform leaps while circling the rope at one side of the body. Hold the rope around the foot and make shapes with the body and foot-rope connection. Utilize different balancing movements while stretching the rope.
Allow students to explore and combine activities previously taught.
Spread students out for safety.
Variation: Toss the rope and catch it while running.
Chase, run and leap, waltz step, slide, triplet, etc. are examples of locomotor steps to use. Variation: Turn the body around simultaneously.
Leaps can be forward or sideward. Rope can circle in front of body as well as on side. These involve held body positions, with the rope underneath the foot or hooked around a foot.
Suggest movements that could be combined while students are exploring.
Closing Activity (5 Minutes)
Use a rubber pig or deflated playground ball to identify the pig. Divide the class into half. This activity is a continuous version of Alaskan Baseball. Team A stands in a single file line with the last person in line holding the pig. To start the game, the pig is thrown anywhere in the teaching area. The teacher will have to delineate this area. Team B then hustles to the pig and stands in a single file line behind the first person to reach the pig. They then hand the pig to the back of the line alternating between over the head and between the legs. This is best described as “Over and Under, Over and Under”. While Team B is doing this, the person that threw the pig is hustling around her team which is still standing in a single file line. Each time an end of the line is passed, the team receives a point. This allows all children to score at least one run for their team. When the pig gets to the last person on Team B, the team yells, “PIG”, and the pig is thrown anywhere in the teaching area. At this time the person that threw the pig begins running around his teammates who remain in a single file line. At the same time, Team A is hustling to the pig and beginning the over and under passing. The game continues in this fashion for as long as desired.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
Were any rope activities particularly challenging? Which one do you enjoy most and why? What muscles were used in class today? Describe the history of rhythmic gymnastics. What is the difference between artistic and rhythmic gymnastics?