School: Long Rope Jumping Activity

 Long Rope Activity for All: School  

red polejump ropeThis activity works well with grades 1st to 5th.  It’s also a great recess activity.

Equipment: One long rope with one end attached to a wall or pole. At our school we like to attach the rope to a moveable post that can be easily moved around the gym or outside.

  • The teacher is the rope turner.
  • Students line up at one end behind a cone, facing the rope and the teacher begins to turn the rope.
  • Students take individual turns to see if they can pass the grades K-12.
  • One advantage in doing this with a large group of students is that the turns are fast at the start. This gets more involvement with everyone in the line, because they are not just standing and watching everyone else jump. You can certainly continue beyond 12th grade, if the line is shorter and there is time.
  • To pass Kindergarten: Students must run through the rope.
  • 1st Grade: Run into the middle and make one jump, then run out the other side, and run around to the end of the line.
  • Students continue to run in to the middle and make the number of jumps that corresponds to each grade level.
  • If you fail to make the jump for a certain grade, you may try that grade again on your next turn, though we usually give some leeway, so we create a more inclusive atmosphere..
  • It helps to put a line on the floor where the rope hits when you’re turning it. There is a tendency for many students to run past the best place to jump the rope, which is in the center of the rope.

Class Jumping Activity: Work together as a class and see if you can get everyone to run through the rope each time it circles around. The teacher will turn the rope with one full swing in between each turn. Students will really have to focus and run hard to do this. You can have the class do this activity a number of times until they are able to do it together.

Ultimate Class Jumping: Do the same activity as above, but this time work together as a class and see if you can get everyone through the swing of the rope with no extra swings between each student. This will be very challenging for any class to accomplish.

Octopus Run

Octopus Run: 

Setup and Equipment;

  • Select three people to be the octopuses (octopi). They stand on the center line to be the taggers. They will will try to tag people using the two-finger peace tag on the upper back of their classmates.
  • The rest of the class are crabs (octopus prey) and stands on one of the lines at one end of the gym, facing  the octopi.

Guidelines:

  • The game starts when the teacher starts the music.
  • The octopi are allowed to run anywhere in the gym and use their tentacles (hands) to tag others.
  • When someone is tagged by an octopus, they become seaweed and their feet attach to the ocean floor. Their arms are outstretched and they wave in the air as they attempt to tag people when they run by them.
  • After most of the crabs have made it to the other side the music is stopped. The students that are running turn around and face the wall they came from.
  • The teacher restarts the music and the crabs attempt to run back to their original starting line.
  • Play continues in this manner until most of the players have had a turn.
  • Anytime an octopus gets tired they may switch with one of the seaweed.
  • The game is over when most of the crabs have been turned into seaweed.

P.E. Lesson: Spinjammers (Spinning Frisbees)


Spinjammers

  • Hold the Spinjammer disc in both hands with fingers pointing upwards.
  • Toss the disc about two feet above your head, while simultaneously moving hands in opposite directions to create the spin.
  • To catch the disc move your finger downward when you are about to catch it.
  • Catch the disc on the tip of your finger.
  • To spin longer, turn the angle of your finger so the disc is spinning primarily on the fingernail.

Variations:

  • Pass from right to left hands – while keeping it spinning.
  • Balance on finger – touch knee to floor.
  • Balance on one finger – sit down. Then get back up.
  • Toss – Catch with partner -try catching it on your finger.
  • Walk while spinning the disc.
  • Spin it on a stick – Keep it spinning by lightly tapping it on the edge.
  • Pass the spinning disc back and forth with a partner.
  • Walk while spinning a disc.
  • On Balance Beam – walk from one end to the other.

Door Knob Start

  • Another way to start this disc is by holding the cone in the middle of the disc with your fingers and thumb.
  • Quickly twist your hand (like turning a door knob).
  • Simultaneously throw the disc into the air, then catch it on your finger.

Door Knob Start Variation:

  • You may also start the disc by grasping in the same door knob manner, while your finger stays in the center.
  • Quickly twist your hand.
  • In this case, you will not have to toss the disc into the air.