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Name of Activity: Surfin' USA Lummi Stick Routine

Purpose of Activity: To be able to identify a rhythmical beat and perform a routine using lummi sticks.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to maintain their personal space in a circle and be able to demonstrate the locomotor skill of walking.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2

Materials Needed: 2 lummi sticks for each student, poster with each pattern of the song and lummi stick directions to Surfin’ USA, Surfin' USA by The Beach Boys - can be purchased on iTunes (2:49)

Description of Idea

Before the students enter the gym for this lesson, hang up several different pictures of surfers surfing - to motivate students to do their best and enjoy the activity. During the class have the students sit in front of the (homemade) Surfin’ USA poster and read the poster aloud, demonstrating what to do with the lummi sticks during each part of the song. Then, distribute the lummi sticks and arrange the students in a circle. Model the sequence of movements for the lummi stick routine and have the students follow along. After about 2-3 practices, the students are ready for assessment.

The poster:

“Surfin’ USA”

Pattern #1 (32 counts) -- music: “If everybody had an ocean…”
* Walk forward into the circle x8 counts, hitting the sticks in the air from a low level to a high level.
* March in place x8 counts, hitting the sticks together at a high level.
* Walk backwards out of the inner circle x8 counts, hitting the sticks in the air from a high level to a low level.
* March in place x8 counts, hitting the sticks together at a low level.

Repeat Pattern #1 (32 counts) -- music: “You see 'em wearing their baggies…”

Pattern #2 (64 counts) -- music: “Inside, outside, USA…”
* Walk CCW x16 counts, circling the sticks with one hand over the other.
* Walk CW x16 counts, circling the sticks with one hand over the other.
* March in place x16 counts, performing a crawl swim stroke with the right arm forward then the left arm forward – x8 strokes (RLRLRLRL)
* March in place x16 counts, performing a backstroke with the right arm backwards then the left arm backwards – x8 strokes (RLRLRLRL)

Repeat Patterns #1 and #2 -- music: “We’ll all be planning…"/“Inside, outside, USA…”

Pattern #3 (64 counts) – instrumental for 48 counts plus 16 counts vocals: Everybody’s gone surfin’…
* Have the students perform their own creative routine while staying in their self-space.

Closure (32 counts) -- music: “Everybody’s gone surfin’…”
* Walk forward into the circle x8 counts, hitting the sticks in the air from a low level to a high level.
* March in place x8 counts, hitting the sticks together at a high level.
* Walk backwards out of the inner circle x8 counts, hitting the sticks in the air from a high level to a low level.
* Knees on the floor x8 counts, hitting the sticks on the floor.

Assessment Ideas:

Use a check list assessment form to note which students know what to do when each pattern of the song is played and who can keep a rhythm.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Pair students who are able to perform the routine at a high level with students that have disabilities or are having difficulty performing the activity.

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Submitted by Robin Shilkret who teaches at Tracey's Elementary School at Southern Middle School in Lothian, MD. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/7/2007. Viewed 34386 times since 9/3/2007.

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