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Hard Work Pays Off

By
Lisa Brennan,   Pride Elementary School
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Hard Work Pays Off
Each day that our kindergarteners come out to PE, they do a 5 Minute Fitness Warm-Up. Students do 1-2 designated exercises for each fitness component while the music is playing (about 1 minute per exercise). When the music turns off they take a break. Cardiorespritory-Jog in Place, Flexibility-Toe touches, Muscle Endurance- Plank and Curl, Ups Muscle Strength-Standing Long Jump.  When we first started this in January, students struggled with their plank, big time!! We had a ton of "booty mountains" and "seal bellies" with stomach touching the floor. Lately we have noticed that more and more students are having a flat back! Yay! Hard Work Pays Off! To encourage the students, we play the "Baby Shark" song and tell the kids they are surf boards. We also demonstrate, and highlight students with great form.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Hard work pays off- Instead of giving up and assuming they were too young to accomplish the plank task, we encouraged them to last longer than the previous week.

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

Many students have said they have practiced at home and have challenged their parents to a plank contest! In years to come, they will be doing push-ups so encouraging a flat back now will help in future PE lessons.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

All students were at different skill levels and abilities. As we walk around, we provide feedback, give challenges or pointers based on each kid's skill level.