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Name of Activity:

6 Minute Challenge

Purpose of Activity:

To improve fitness and to teach students the importance of setting goals.

Prerequisites:

Jumping rope skills and hula hoop skills should be taught first.

Suggested Grade Level:

3-5

Materials Needed:

Pencils
6 Minute Challenge Record Sheets (PDF) (Microsoft Word so it is Editable)
Jump Ropes
Hula Hoops
Cones

Description of Idea

Have students get into groups of 3. Each group needs a pencil, record sheet, jump rope and a hula hoop.

Before beginning the challenge. Discuss with students the importance of setting goals (if you have a goal you tend to work harder). Give them a goal for each task (e.g., after the 6 minutes the group will get 26 or more total laps; 500 or more hoop rotations; and 500 or more jumps).

To begin, one person in the group will run laps, one will jump rope, and one will hula hoop. After 1 minute is up, students quickly record their scores on the record sheet. Then players switch tasks. This continues for 6 minutes. At the end of 6 minutes, each player will have done each task twice.

Have the students add up their laps, hoop rotations and jumps to see if they met the goals.

Variations:

For my students who have difficulty jumping rope, I allow them to twirl the rope in one hand and jump up and down.

The students could set their own goals.

Could have students wear pedometers.

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Submitted by Lisa Dess who teaches at Pagosa Springs Elementary School in Pagosa Springs, CO. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 1/31/2018.

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