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Group Juggling

Content Area: Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Arts

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Students will get into groups (odd numbers of students work best). Each group will have one ball.  The students will determine the throwing pattern, always throwing across the circle.  Each person needs to catch the ball one time. The students will continue throwing the ball in the pattern.  Depending on the age, the students can say one letter of the alphabet as they throw the ball, spell a word, name the states, name fruits/vegetables, name bones, names of colors , count by 3s, etc.

Frozen Vocabulary

Content Area: Language Arts

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Teacher gives students an activity to perform (jumping, twisting, jogging in place, hopping, knee lifts, playing air guitar, etc).  The students will continue the activity until the teacher calls out a vocabulary word at which point the students freeze.  The teacher will call on a student to spell the word and another student to use the word in a sentence.   Resume the activity or begin a new activity. 

Modifications – Define the word, synonym, and/or antonym.  For math, students can give the sum, difference, or quotient of two numbers.

Word Builders

Content Area: Language Arts

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

The teacher will place letters at the front of the class.  The letters can be on index cards, milk jug lids, magnets, etc. On the signal, the students from each team will come one at a time, get a letter and take it back to their home base.  This continues until the teacher says to stop.  Students can only get one letter at a time.  When the teacher says to stop, each team will see how many words they can make with their letters.  One student will act as the recorder for the group.  At the end, the teacher can ask groups to share their words. 

Modifications – Give a bonus to groups that can make a complete sentence with the words.  Can anyone use the letters to spell any vocabulary words?

Dem Bones

Content Area: Language Arts and Science

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

The teacher will read the book Dem Bones.  The students will point to the appropriate bone as the teacher reads.   Teacher can also direct the class in exercises that use Dem Bones

Modifications – This can be done with a wide variety of movement-type books.

As If

Content Area: Language Arts

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Teacher reads a sentence to the class.  Have students act out each sentence for 30 seconds.  Students can create their own sentences.

Modifications- Use a tree map for children to generate additional action words.

Jog in place as if a big scary bear is chasing you.
Walk forward as if you’re walking through chocolate pudding.
Jump in place as if you are popping popcorn.
Reach up as if grabbing balloons out of the air.
March in place and play the drums as if you are in a marching band.
Paint as if the paint brush is attached to your head.
Swim as if you are in a giant pool of Jell-O.
Move your feet on the floor as if you are an ice skater.
Shake your body as if you are a wet dog.

Contraction Action (TAKE 10!)

Content Area: Language Arts and Science

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Students sing chorus to the tune of the “ABCs” while clapping and stepping side-to-side.

Contraction means shorten as you will see,
Letters are replaced with an apostrophe.
In “Contraction Action” we learn on the move,
Keeping our muscles in a healthy groove.
Give a contraction as we TAKE 10,
Contracting our muscles again and again.

Teacher: Action-right biceps curl

First call out the action for this round and then call out our contractions, one at a time, as students name the words that the contractions represent.   As the students call out the words, they do the action as a two count  (e.g. I’ll – I, arm up, will, arm down).  Call out 10-15 contractions randomly for each round.

Example:

1 – I’ll
2 –  she’ll
3 – let’s

Repeat chorus while stepping side-to-side and begin a new round with a new action.

Word Shout Out

Content Area: Language Arts

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Students stand up and march in place. Teacher will show a letter of the alphabet and each student will shout out a word that begins with the same letter.  Teacher can give categories such as state, colors, science terms, or random topics.  Repeat process with different letters and different exercises (hopping, balancing, jogging in place, arm curls, etc.).

Roots Reflections

Content Area: Language Arts

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Alex Haley was raised in Henning, Tennessee and he wrote the book Roots:  The Saga of an American Family. The story follows a proud African who is kidnapped from his village in West Africa and was sold into slavery in on a plantation in the United States. Using excerpts from Roots discuss the daily life of a slave and what their physical activity was like as compared to what your physical activity is like today.