Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Around the World Fitness!

Today in class in grades 2-3-4 our students participated in the "Around the World Fitness" activity. This was a fun and vigorous aerobic warm-up.  All students have learned about the 5 Health Related Fitness components:  Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.  We have played several games and activities that have integrated the fitness concepts in movement:  Body composition tag, Fitness Tag, Circuit Fitness, the Pink Panther Run and today "Around the World Fitness".  This required the students to partner up (toe to toe) and go to a station inside the yellow zone.  One person began the run while the other partner chose a fitness exercise to perform.  Each lap the runner was to record his/her lap. The partners alternated the run/fitness skill.  At the completion of the activity the students then added up the number of points they received.  It was very fun to see the interesting and great fitness exercises that the students   performed.  They demonstrated balance, flexibility, muscular strength, and power skills while their partner was performing the aerobic (running) activity.  Enjoy looking at the various fitness skills the third grade students executed!

Strength - Crab Position!

There's more than 1 crab in the gym!

Can't forget BALANCE!  Stork pose!

Balance and strength - the Candle!

Straddle Stretch - of course, flexibility!  Wow!

More flexibility with legs together - performing the sit and reach!
Notice the runner along side and paper for scoring their points!  She is very flexible!

Flexibility and creativity!

Muscular strength and flexibility

Yes, another Sit and Reach!

Fancy legs!  muscular strength

Yoga Boat Pose - abdominal strength

Side lateral stretch

Smiling Superman!

Runners (cardiovascular endurance) and other students executing the fitness skills of choice

Side Plank!  Wow!

Muscular strength and endurance
Better known as the flexed arm hang!  This girl knows how to hang!

Ok!  I bet you are tired just viewing all those great and challenging skills!  I was so proud of how independent the students were while performing "their" fitness skill.

Our next unit is Skating beginning on Monday, October 3rd.  Please make sure your child has a helmet, skates (or course), skate guards, snow pants, gloves, and a LARGE bag to place it in!  Thank you parents for volunteering to help with this unit.  The Minnesota Wild hockey season will soon be off and running (or should I say "skating") - so it's fitting we, too, get on the ice!  Come back to my blog soon to view the fun skating pictures.

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