Pac-Person Tag

Setup and Equipment:

  • Yarn balls (taggers)
  • Connecting lines on the gym floor
  • Chose 4-6 people to be the ghosts (taggers)
  • Everyone else spreads themselves out with both feet on a line on the gym floor.

Guidelines:

  • Four to six students are the ghosts and they can move anywhere in the gym and try to tag the Pac-people. If you have the class divided into six groups, then you can have students from one group at a time be the taggers.
  • The pac-people can only move while they are on the lines on the floor. For gym floors that do not have a lot of lines, you may need to allow some jumping from one line to another.
  • When one of the pac-people are tagged by a ghost, they stop and balance on one foot and raise their hand in the air.
  • To be freed from this frozen position, one of their fellow pac-people will give them a high five. They can now return to the game.
  • After one or two minutes, stop the game and choose new “ghosts”

 

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Jump Ropes

K-2 Skills:

Short Rope – Every student has a rope and has personal space for jump roping.

Lay rope in a line in front of you in a straight line

  • Walk heel-toe from one end to the other while next to the line.
  • Walk heel toe backwards next to your  line.
  • Zig-Zag skier style (side to side) starting at one end, then turn around and return
  • Put one hand on each side of your rope and jump both feet back and forth.
  • Tightrope walker from one end to the other, then return

Lay rope in a circle in front of you

  • Balance on one foot and go as low as you can – then, as high as you can
  • Put one hand in the middle and see if you can move your feet 360 degrees around the circle
  • Leap into your rope on two feet
  • Leap in on one foot and out on one foot
  • Leap over your rope on two feet

Partners put your two ropes together and make a circle

  • Around the Lake Tag
  • Choose one person to be it
  • Try to tag your partner with a hand
  • Tag without going in “lake” or into the forest (rest of gym)
  • When tagged – count thousand one, thousand two, switch “its”

Before you jump rope… 

  • Thread the Needle (hand on both handles and jump over it)
  • Swing the rope and stop it with your feet.
  • When you’re ready to jump, just watch for the rope to be closer your feet Most people miss because they jump too soon.

Long Rope for K,1,2: Teacher is the rope turner

It works best initially if the teacher turns the long rope by hooking one end of the rope to an eye bolt on the wall.

  • Ocean Waves (Up and down ripple)
  • Snake Jump (Side to side ripple)
  • Blue bells (back and forth jump)

School: Long Jump Rope Activity 

3rd/4th/5th Skills

Novice:

  • Single Side Swing and Jump – Always keep a handle in each hand
  • Cue: left-jump-right – jump
  • Swing rope to right side – jump
  • Swing rope to left side – jump

Scissors – Forward Straddle

  • Cue: Left-Right
  • Jump to stride position with left foot forward
  • Jump and reverse position of feet

Straddle Cross

  • Cue: Apart – Cross
  • Jump to straddle position
  • Jump to crossed legs

Wounded Duck

  • Cue: Apart-Cross
  • Jump, toes and knees together, heels spread
  • Jump, heels together, toes and knees spread
  • Heel – Toe
  • Heel – Toe – Heel – Toe
  • Hop on left foot, touch right heel forward
  • Hop on left foot again, touch right toe backward
  • Repeat on opposite side
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Take A Chance

foam+bowling

Setup and Equipment

  • Using polyspots or floor markings to designate placement of the targets will help spread the game out and encourage individual play.
  •  You will need 10-20 soft balls and and enough targets, so there are 3-4 people left to start in the line. Everyone who has a target does not have to start with a ball.
  • Line up students and hand a ball and target to most students in the class. Leave 3 or 4 students to form a line for entering back into the game.
  • Students spread  the targets are at least 3-4 feet per player. No placing them in a corner or against a wall.

Guidelines

  • Play begins…
  • The object of the game is to keep your target up while knocking other targets over.
  • Player may not venture more than 2 steps from their target.
  • When a foam target is knocked down -students should bring their target to the line and hand it to the next person in line.
  • They now go to the end of the line and return to the game when they move to the front of the line.
  • Game continues for as long as time permits.

 

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Hoop Driving

Equipment and Setup:

  • One Hula Hoop for each student.
  • Set cones (at least four) up as the outline for the circle.
  • Spread students out in a large circle that allow for student movement.

Guidelines:

  • Today you are going  be driving a car with a large steering wheel (hula hoop).
  • Hold your hoop in front of you, like you’re driving a car.
  • First, you must learn the rules of the road as you move your car around the cones on “Gym Street”.

Music Playlist and Directions:

  1. Car Start and Drive Away Snow: Turn the key or tell Siri to start it: Start your engine! 
  2. Grease: RED Light – Stop – Stop your car and wait.
  3. You Make Me Feel Like DancingSchool Zone – Skipping happily!
  4. You Can’t Stop the Beat: Yellow light – Move slowly 
  5. I’m a Gummy Bear: Tunnel –  Walk low to the floor 
  6. Don’t Stop: STOP – Stop your car
  7. Life Is a Highway: Highway – Move faster, jogging and running
  8. Yakety Yak: Oil Slick – It’s very slippery, so be careful. Quick turns 
  9. Sirens-Remix (Sound Effect) Highway Police! – Pull over to the right.
  10. I’m Walkin’:  Flat Tire – Hop on one foot
  11. Banana Song (From the Minion Movie): Potholes – leap over the holes
  12. Vehicle Reversing Beep: Reverse – Walk backwards
  13. Happy: School Zone – Skip backwards in Reverse

 

 

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Climbing Wall Tag

This is an “everybody it” tag game.

Equipment and Setup:

  • Many elementary schools have climbing walls that are not higher than eight feet. These “traversing walls” can be used in this game.
  • Open part or all of the climbing wall, so students have the room to climb up and down.
  • Emphasize climbing up and down the wall.

Guidelines:

  • Everyone is “it” to start the game.
  • Students may tag each other by using the a two-finger (peace) tag on the back of their classmates.
  • Three Second Standing Base: Players are immune from being tagged if they are standing and balancing on one foot. They can only do this for three seconds. Then, they have to move around the gym before they stand and balance on one foot again.
  • When a student is tagged they go to the wall and climb up and tap their hand above the highest handhold.
  • Then, climb back down and reenter the game.

 

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Hoop d’Jour

Setup and Equipment:

  • Equipment: Hula Hoops and a sash or jersey for the “its”
  • Twenty five – thirty hula hoops are spread out across the floor.
  • Four – Six students are designated as “its” and stand in the middle of the gym. They will be kicking any of the hoops to try to get them to slide across the floor to hit the players that are running across the floor filled with hoops.
  • The rest of the class starts the game at one end of the gym.
  • This is a a tag game that lasts for one – two minutes for each set of taggers. It works best to make sure that everyone gets a turn. They really enjoy the way the hoops slide on the floor.

Rules:

  • The teacher starts the music and  the runners will try to navigate themselves through the hoops without stepping on or being being tagged by a sliding hula hoop.
  • Players that touch or are tagged on the feet by a moving hula hoop must stop running and stand frozen and balance on one foot inside of a hoop. They can be defrosted and return to playing when one of their classmates gives them a high-five.
  • When the runners have made it to the other side or are frozen and balancing on one foot the teacher stops the game. When everyone is standing on the end line, restart the music and the players will try to run back their original starting line.
  • Continue having students run back and fort for a couple of minutes, then choose new taggers to kick the hula hoops.
  • Repeat the same game format for each new set of taggers until everyone has a turn.
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Polyspot Basketball: All Grades

polyspot

Setup and Equipment:

  • Polyspots are lined up in half/circle fashion in front of four basketball hoops. It helps to have basketball hoops of different heights.
  • Each team (6 teams) has a basketball to dribble to a spot on the floor.
  • Set up the spots so that the green and yellow spots are at the taller hoops and harder shots. The purple and orange spots will be the easiest shots at the shortest hoops.
  • 20 points for yellow – 20 points for green
  • 10 points for red and blue
  • 5 points for purple- 5 points for orange

Rules :

  • On the start signal, one player from each team will dribble to a spot and try score a basket.
  • The players may have both feet on the spot, or one foot in back and one foot on the spot. No feet in front of the spot.
  • If they miss the shot, they have one more opportunity to make it.
  • If both shots are missed, they must dribble back to their relay team and pass to the next player in line.
  • If the shot is made on the first or second try, the player should pick up that spot and dribble the ball in one hand and carry the spot in the other hand back to their relay team. Pass the ball to the next player in line and go to the end of the line.
  • A maximum of one polyspot per turn.
  • Each team will start a pile of spots and try to accumulate the most points.
  • Remind players that they must dribble to and from the polyspots.
  • At the end of the game, teams may count up their points.
  • The Most Fun Wins!
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Balloon Games

Balloon Keep it Up

  • Grade level: 2nd and up
  • Equipment: one ball or balloon for every group of four to six students.

Guidelines: 

  • See how long your group can keep the ball in the air, or count consecutive taps.
  • No one may tap the ball twice in a row.
  • Other ways to tap, elbows, shoulders, punches
  • Variation: Everyone must tap the ball once before anyone can tap it again softly.
  • Use the verbal cue “tap”, instead of “hit.” Try to stay in your own area.
  • Variation: Play one group against another. See which group can keep the ball up the longest.

Balloon Tap Race

  • Equipment : Balloon for each team,
  • Split each team in half, so there are 2-4 on each end of the gym.

Guidelines:

  • The ball is tapped in the air and each person on the first team take turns keeping the balloon in the air in an attempt to move the balloon to the opposite end of the gym.
  • When the balloon reaches the other end of the gym the balloon is passed to the other half of the team, while the 1st half of the team takes their places at that end of the gym.
  • How many times can your team move the balloon to the opposite end in 4 minutes.
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Hula Hoops and Polyspots

Musical Hula Hoops or Polyspots: These items are interchangeable. We introduce them at separate times.

Musical Hula Hoops

Equipment and Setup: Hula hoops are spread around the floor in random order. The teacher gives direction, then starts the music, student move in the locomotor skill indicated. When the music stops students balance on one foot inside of a hula hoop near them.  Then, the teacher demonstrates different actions to complete at the hoop. When this is complete, the teacher gives a different locomotor skill to move in. The warmup continues in this fashion.

  • Slide Step: click heels in the middle
  • Skipping
  • Jogging
  • Galloping

How many hoops can you:

  • Step into with one foot
  • Jump with two feet into
  • Put both feet in and touch the floor with your hand
  • Lift over your hand and back to floor

At Your Hoop:

  • Compass: Feet in hoop – Move hands around outside of hoop.
  • Around the World – Hands in hoop – Walk feet around outside.
  • Skip around hoop forwards, then backwards.
  • Step through your hoop, when it’s standing.
  • Roll your hoop – try to go through it while it’s moving.

Polyspots

Musical Polyspots

Equipment and Setup: Hula Hoops  Spread around the floor in random order. All activities stop and start by balancing on one foot. The teacher gives the direction and the type of locomotor movement to start with, then starts the music, students move around the gym, when the music stops students balance on one foot, on the nearest spot.

  • Galloping
  • Slide Step
  • Skipping
  • Jogging, etc

When music stops, stand on one foot and balance. Then follow teacher directions and do the following:

  • Jump side to side ten times – both feet
  • Jump forward and back ten times
  • Jump back on two feet – land on one
  • Jump sideways on two -land on one

Equipment and Setup:

  • One Hula Hoop for each student.
  • Set cones (at least four) up as the outline for a large track on the floor.

Guidelines: Teacher Directed

Today students will be simulating driving a car by holding their hula hoop in the air as if it were a giant steering wheel.

  • Spread students out around the giant circle which is designated with the four cones.
  • Students will be following the directions of the teacher as they move around the gym in a counterclockwise direction.

Driving Actions: Teacher led demonstration followed by the students practicing the skill as they move around the gym.

  • Song 1.  Sound Effects  Start Your Engines: Turn on your car.
  • Song 2.  I’m Walkin’  Yellow light:  Move slowly with caution
  • Song 3.  Stop in the Name Red Light: Stop and Freeze
  • Song 4.  School Day  School Zone: Students are always happy as they go to school. Let’s see those happy children going to school.
  • Song 5.  Greased Lightning Highway: Speed limit is now 70 mph, not 20 mph like in the school zone. So, get moving!
  • Song 6. Rock Around Uphill: Lift your knees up high as you march up the hill.
  • Song 7. At the Hop  Flat tire – Hop on one foot until you are so tired you have to pull over. You may stand on one foot and balance as you await assistance.
  • Song 7. Grease Tunnel: Bend your knees and drive.
  • Song 8.  Sound effects Emergency vehicle: Pull over to the right side as the siren sounds.
  • Flat Tire: Hop
  • Stuck in the Mud: Jog in place
  • Interstate: Put your Car on cruise control
  • Rain: Hold your steering wheel with one hand and use the other as a windshield wiper.
  • Radio: This song is so good on the radio that you are going to pull your car over and dance inside your hoop. Music: Cha Cha Slide
  • Sunshine: Reach into the glove compartment to pull out cool shades — put them on using the “John Travolta” fingers in a “V” shape moving over the eyes
  • Muddy Road: Slide in the mud by sliding feet & moving hips

Two Directions at the same time!

  • Song 9 . Happy Yellow Light and School Zone –Slowly Skip in a School Zone
  • Song 10. Sound effects Uphill and in Reverse March backwards
  • Song 11.  Afro Nuts Reverse and School Zone Skip Backward in the school zone

Guidelines:

  • Today you are going  be driving a car with a large steering wheel (hula hoop).
  • Hold your hoop in front of you, like you’re driving a car.
  • First, you must learn the rules of the road as you move your car around the cones on “Gym Street”.

Music Playlist and Directions:

  1. Car Start and Drive Away Snow: Turn the key or tell Siri to start it: Start your engine! 
  2. Grease: RED Light – Stop – Stop your car and wait.
  3. You Make Me Feel Like DancingSchool Zone – Skipping happily!
  4. You Can’t Stop the Beat: Yellow light – Move slowly 
  5. I’m a Gummy Bear: Tunnel –  Walk low to the floor 
  6. Don’t Stop: STOP – Stop your car
  7. Life Is a Highway: Highway – Move faster, jogging and running
  8. Yakety Yak: Oil Slick – It’s very slippery, so be careful. Quick turns 
  9. Sirens-Remix (Sound Effect) Highway Police! – Pull over to the right.
  10. I’m Walkin’:  Flat Tire – Hop on one
  11. Cha-Cha Slide Radio: This song is so good on the radio that you are going to pull your car over and dance inside your hoop.
  12. Banana Song (From the Minion Movie): Potholes – leap over the holes
  13. Vehicle Reversing Beep: Reverse – Walk backwards
  14. Happy: School Zone – Skip backwards in Reverse

More: 

  • Stuck in the Mud: Jog in place
  • Interstate: Put your Car on cruise control
  • Rain: Hold your steering wheel with one hand and use the other as a windshield wiper.
  • Radio: The song is so good on the radio that you are going to pull your car over and dance inside your hoop.
  • Sunshine: Reach into the glove compartment to pull out cool shades — put them on using the “John Travolta” fingers in a “V” shape moving over the eyes
  • Muddy Road: Slide in the mud by sliding feet & moving hips

Musical Hula Hoops

Setup and Equipment

  • At least one hula hoop for each student in class.
  • Spread out hula hoops randomly on the floor.
  • Students stand in a hula hoop – Music starts and students begin a loco-motor movement.

Guidelines: Teacher Directed

  • Move outside of the hula hoops and when the music stops, step into the hoops that you are closest too.
  • When music stops, students stand in a hoop and balance on one foot.
  • Locomotor Skills: Skip, gallop, slide-step or grapevine, jogging, power walking

Jump In, Jump Out: Teacher Directed

  • At least one hula hoop for each student in class.
  • Spread out hula hoops randomly on the floor.
  • Students stand between the hula hoops –
  • Music starts and students begin a loco-motor movement.

Move into as many hoops as possible by:

  • Jumping in and out on two feet
  • Jumping in and out on one foot
  • Jump in on two feet and touch the floor
  • Jump in, lift hoop over head, jump out

Take Hoops to Gym Homes (Designated personal space)

  • Stand tall on one foot
  • Low balance on one foot
  • Hop on 2 feet out of hoop – Hop back in – 10 times
  • Hop on one leg out of hoop Hop back in – 10 times
  • Skip around hoop forwards
  • Skip around hoop backwards
  • Jump up and do a 360% turn
  • Hoop Spinning: Balance hoop with top hand and roll it forward
  • Back spin technique Bring hoop backwards to the side
  • Throw the hoop forward, flick wrist to create spin
  • Roll your hoop backwards then try to catch it on your foot
  • Partner Hoops: Roll your hoop with a partner at the same time

Cinchy Relay: 1/2/3/4/5

 Setup and Equipment

  • 6 Hula hoops and a large cone near the starting line
  • 6 Teams line up in relay style at one end of the gym.
  • Use hoops that correspond to their color teams if possible

Guidelines

  • The teacher rolls 6 hula hoops to the end of the gym at the same time
  • The first teams in each line runs to the other and and pick up one of the hoops and return it by putting it over a large orange cone that is set up in the middle near the starting line
  • Go to end of line after each turn.

Hoop Activity Links:

Hoop D’jour

Arctic Wind Hoops

 

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Hospital Tag

Setup and Equipment:

  • The boundaries are the black lines in front of each wall in the gym.
  • All players must stay inside of the black lines.
  • If a player goes outside of the boundaries they must perform one the fitness exercises (listed below).

Guidelines:

  • Everyone is “it”and may tag others with a gentle two finger touch.
  • You may not tag the students next to you at the beginning of the game.
  • If you are tagged you may continue running but must put a hand over the area of your body that was tagged.
  • If you are tagged a second time you may continue running, but now your other hand should cover the second tagged spot.
  • On the third tag, you must go outside of the black line and perform a “ten count” strength building or flexibility activity.

Examples of Exercises after 3rd Tag:

  • For Strength Building: ten sit -ups, ten count v-sit, or ten push – ups (modified are acceptable)
  • For Flexibility: Hamstring, shoulder, or calf stretch performed for twenty seconds.
  • Skill Building: Dribble ten times with one hand and ten times with the other.
  • Other Options:
  • Climb the wall and touch your hand above the highest handhold.
  • Run up the stairs in the gym, touch the door, and run down the stairs.
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