PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Step Up to the Mileage Club

Category: Running/Walking Clubs

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials: poster paper, double sided tape, foot cut out, class label


This bulletin board is a motivational board to encourage walking/running during daily recess or during Fitness Club which meets seasonally one day a week 3-5 graders. The activity encompasses the Chesapeake Public Schools Health and Physical Education Curriculum Overview 2.3, 3.3, 4.3 and 5.3 by Expressing a Willingness to be Physically Fit.
We have a quarter mile course set up in the back of our school where students can walk/jog during recess. This activity is completely optional for the students 2-5th grade. If interested, a student gets a Mileage Card. Each card has 20 markings “feet” on the card, (each foot represents ¼ mile,) an area for the students name and teacher. The cards are kept in an index file box, next to the recess doors. Some teachers keep their class cards with them on a ring binder to save time. Each time a student completes a ¼ mile their teacher initials a foot on the card. A completed card is 5 miles. Once they complete 5 miles they receive a foot charm, and their name goes up with their class grade on the bulletin board. Each additional 5 miles they receive another charm and another foot on the bulletin board. I originally began this for 3-5, but I have had more 2nd graders participate than I ever imagined. They love the charms, and the teachers like the fact that the kids are staying busy during recess. This is a great way to incorporate daily fitness for life, and the students don’t even realize it!

To construct the “bulletin board” I made a sign “Step Up to the Mileage Club” and had it laminated. This is not an actual bulletin board; there is only a stapling strip where I have stapled each class ribbon and title. I then took long sheets of white bulletin board paper, shaped the bottom like a ribbon, labeled them 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th and hung them by class. I cut out a “foot” shape pattern and then cut approximately 100 feet in various colors. Each time a student completes 5 miles, they get a foot with their name on it. I used double sided tape for this. If they get more miles I just add a foot to their name. They also receive a foot charm each 5 miles. The chart is updated weekly, and will run through the whole school year. Students love seeing their accomplishments.

Step Up to the Mileage Club Image

Bookmark and Share   Email This Idea

Submitted by Karen Davis who teaches at Hickory Elementary School in Chesapeake, VA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 12/2/2011 10:02:07 AM. Viewed 10094 times since 11/28/2011.

Post a Comment:

Let others know how this idea went when you implemented/tried it with your kids. Include any variations, suggested teaching tips, positive comments, etc. so others can benefit from your tips. Please be helpful and positive with all comments. Look below to see all posted comments.


  Type the numbers you see in the image on the right in the box below:
  This Is CAPTCHA Image

Previous Comments:

Ludy Garcia

Would you share the template for the foot? I would love to try it next year.

Thank you,
Coach Ludy Garcia