My plan is designed for those with large classes and limited
time. I use it at the fifth and sixth grade level. I use it during my
physical fitness unit, where we concentrate specifically on fitness
information and activities. I have 25 minute periods three times a week.
My classes average around 23 students most of the week, but 50 students
on Fridays. I divide the gym in half. I set up four cones in one half.
This half is used for jogging or power walking. The other half is used
for jump roping, and something I call "Recreation Station". The students
have a choice of basketball, badminton, or frisbee. The students rotate
between stations. They take their pulse at the beginning and the end of
class and record. We have previously discussed target heart rates. They
also know we will have several jump rope contests before the end of the
unit, as well as pushup and situp contests. I find the contests
effective motivating factors. They also record the number of laps they
have jogged or walked.
I also encourage PE teachers looking for ideas to consider roller skating
or inline skaing. Here in Illinois, we have a number of companies that
bring their service to schools and help teach. The cost is minimal and
the kids enjoy it.
Clifton Elementary School