Welcome to the Fitness Activities page. During the year the students participate in various fitness activities that help them build muscle, coordination, endurance, speed, strength, and agility. There are different tests that the students take to help me judge where they are at developmentally with these core fitness abilities. We also do different fitness activities to help the students train for these tests, or often times to just get them warmed up for the class period. This page will provide information on The Pacer, Mile Run, Presidential Fitness Test, Yoga, The Dice Warm Up, and many other fitness drills the students participate in.
This is a running test that challenges the students’ endurance. There are a series of beeps that let the student know when they have to run. The students have to run from one endline in the gym to the other endline before the next beep occurs. The beeps start off slow, but eventually there is a shorter and shorter amount of time between the beeps. The students see how many beeps they can make it.
Presidential Fitness Test
This test is used nationwide by many other physical education programs. There are 5 test events and there are qualifying standards for each event. The events are curl-ups, shuttle run, endurance run/walk, pull-ups/push-ups/flexed arm hang, and the sit and reach. If the students can score in the correct percentile in their events they can receive the presidential physical fitness award, the national physical fitness award, or the participant physical fitness award. I am more concerned with effort and improvement in these events rather than the awards.
Dice Warm Up
I have a poster board with 6 rows by 6 columns. Each square on the board has a physical activity in it. I have a student roll 2 dice to see which square is chosen based on the numbers of the dice. For example, a student may roll a 4 and 6. Therefore, I would go 4 rows down and 6 columns across and read the activity to the students. An activity could be something like do 15 jumping jacks and a run a lap around the gym. This activity is good for getting the students warmed up for the day and can be used at all levels.
The Olympics will be played over a week or a week and a half. The students will participate in various race, jumping, and throwing events. I will keep track of the students’ finishes and they will be recognized at the end. This is also an opportunity for cross curriculum with social studies. Each student could select a country to “be”, and research that country for class.
We will train up to the mile run with shorter runs. We will also practice running the mile before they are tested on it.