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Movement Challenges

By
Nichole Stahmer,   Wareham Middle
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Physical Activity Participation

Each day of the week, students engage in a movement challenge that is linked to a song lyric that triggers the movement. For example, we use the song Thunderstruck where students do a burpee each time they hear the word thunder. For each day of the week, we have a different song challenge that incorporates sit ups, push ups, squats, mountain climbers, planks, etc. The students have reported they challenge friends and family at home. Families have enjoyed the various music selections, from older classics to current songs.

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

Through consistency, students have learned the movements and know the songs so they can do them at home.

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

The 5th and 6th grade bought into the activity but there was a bit of a struggle with the 7th and 8th. We then modified some of the movements so students felt like they could choose what they wanted to do during the song and they were more engaged. For example, students who didn't like push ups were given the choice to do high/low planking on the key word. The students were also reassured that this was a movement challenge and not meant to be easy.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Through repetition of the movements, we can see the students getting stronger. The students can also gauge their level of achievement because they know if they are able to easily move on more of the key words.