Rope Jumping Skills
Basic jump single bounce - forward and backward
skier - side to side
bells - front to back
single leg hop - right/left
scissors (stride jump changing feet)
criss-cross of the rope
HOT PEPPERS!!!! - speed jumping
partner jumps - side by side and jumps facing each other
The first graders are still in the beginning stage of rope jumping. Although there are a few students that can perform more challenging jumps, the majority of first graders are still working on performing the correct swing technique and coordinating the jump with the rope.
All students enjoyed the "Rope Jump Club" activity. They were given one minute to perform as many jumps as they could perform. At the conclusion of the minute, they would then go and sign up under the appropriate jump rope club team. For example, if they performed 46 jumps in one minute, they would be in the "40 Jump Rope Team". Many students were able to execute more than 100 jumps per minute!
One of the most favorite activities of the students throughout the entire year is the helicopter jump. Ask them about it! It consists of ME standing in the middle of the students. I am holding this long (8 foot) plastic stick. I then circle the stick under the students feet while they attempt to avoid getting hit by the stick! Needless to say, after several rounds of the students performing this skill I get pretty dizzy!
We will continue to use jump ropes throughout the year for various warm-up and other activities. The students seem to love the challenge of rope jumping. Our annual Jumpathon for the 3rd and 4th graders will be held on Friday, January 29th. This will be a great opportunity for the students to demonstrate their strong rope jumping skills - AND have fun!
Next unit: Skating, October 27 - November 12th
November 13 - December 3rd - Fitness
December 4th - January 4th - Gymnastics