Instructor: Liz Truesdell
While getting exercise, students will learn how to play games, different sports, the importance of sportsmanship, and how to be a part of a team. The following sports and techniques are usually introduced and practiced throughout the year: soccer, softball, basketball, floor hockey, flag football, baseball, physical agility, coordination, and stamina.
Ideas while staying in!
1) Balloon Games
- Any balloon activity is good, typically safe for in-door.
- Keep up the balloon
- More competitive: Last one's balloon to the hit ground wins
- Balloon volleyball (I use streamers or string to make a divider, but pillows on the ground work, too
2) Dance to the Music:
- Cha Cha Slide
- Bring Sally Up (by Moby): Squat down on the word "down", stand up on the word "up"- works for push-ups, too!
3) Run Stairs
- One stair at a time, 2 stairs if they need a challenge
4) Counting Burpees
- Chests to the floor, jump to stand and jump up, hands up
- Counting by 2s to 20, or by 10s to 100
5) Sock Dodgeball/Football/Catch
- Ball up every sock you find (great to do on laundry day/ makes the kids match up their socks), and have target practice, make up different games
6) Sock Color Match
- Using those balled up socks- put out laundry baskets or kid's sock baskets- I put construction paper of a different color on each, they have to shout their color as they throw their socks in the right person's bin.
7) Paper plate skating (great for balance and core exercising)
- Use paper plates to slide over wood, tille, etc, floors.
- Regular Walk, "run", bear walk, crab walk
Sport Skill Development and Implementation Grades 2-4
This class would focus less on authentic gameplay, and more on modified play for development and success. While at least one class of each unit would be devoted to gameplay, there would be equal emphasis on skill development through fun game situations. This class would be ideal for students who are less competitive, interested in first developing skill before adding high competition, and are more likely to be active in smaller group play.
Authentic Gameplay Grades 5-8
Ideally, each unit is about 4 lessons: the first class would be review of necessary skills and rules (drills as necessary). The next class would be gameplay for teacher to assess students. The final two classes are some sort of tournament. The course's main goal is playing the game, as authentically as possible for maximum activity time. Competition level is naturally enhanced.