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Name of Activity:
Give Thanks Warm-up
Purpose of Activity:To warm up for a lesson while getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Suggested Grade Level:3-5
Materials Needed:poster with the words "Give Thanks" and a quick description of each activity, mats for performing the "inchworm"
Description of Idea
Students will complete a different warm-up activity for each letter of the words "GIVE THANKS." These can be done together with directions given verbally by the teacher, or self-directed with each student completing the exercises on their own.
G: GRAPEVINE - Grapevine to the opposite endline and back (or gallop for younger students).
I: INCHWORM - Move from endline to midline like an inchworm (lying on stomach, walk feet up toward hands until your body forms a "V", then walk hands out again, or try the breakdance move: "The Worm").
V: V SIT - Stretch for the count of 15, two times.
E: ENCOURAGE SOMEONE - Shake hands with at least 2 people and encourage them by giving them a compliment.
T: TOE TOUCHES - Touch your toes ten times.
H: HIGH FIVE - Give everyone in class a high five as quickly as possible.
A: ARM CIRCLES - Circle arms 10 times forward and 10 times backward.
N: NECK STRETCHES - Tip head to one side (ear to shoulder) slowly, then to the other side, 10 times.
K: KNEE LIFTS - Lift right knee then left knee, 10 times each.
S: SKIP - Skip one lap around the gym.
For younger students, the gallop could be used instead of the grapevine.
Use a checklist to see if students can perform skipping and the grapevine correctly.
Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:
Students with wheelchairs can substitute the locomotor skills of grapevine and skipping by moving the wheelchair (alone or with a peer or paraprofessional). Inchworm can be substituted with an "arm crawl" along a wall, by moving fingers and upper arm, inching along. The V sit can be substituted with an arm stretch. The other activities can be performed from the chair.
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Submitted by Lisa Dess who teaches at Dulce Elementary School, Dulce, NM in Pagosa Springs, CO. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 2/5/2010.Viewed 37151 times since 12/28/2009.