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Fuel Up Friday

By
Jim Peters,   Sunset Terrace Elementary School
Play:
Ramp Up for Recess
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation

Every Friday, since the team was developed, the students on the team go out with the first and second graders to play games and help students find active things to do. (We call if Fuel Up Friday) We coached the team on finding students who were not participating in active play or who needed someone to play with. Our team has done a great job of being proactive with students and finding games or activities for them to play outside. Every Friday, students organized football games, basketball games, jump rope challenges, four square, and a variety of other activities. I chose our first and second grade students for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted our team (all fifth graders) to be leaders in the school. Second, in looking at our discipline referrals from the previous year, a large portion of them came from those two grade levels. The younger students enjoy playing with the older kids and I have many examples of students who were once on the fringes of active recess now playing catch or four square with a Fuel Up to Play 60 team member.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Our Fuel Up to Play 60 team will continue Fuel Up Friday until the end of the year. We will also incorporate 100 Mile Club to allow students to track their miles during this time as well. As in the past, we will continue to use our grant money to purchase outside equipment that students can use during their recess time.