PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Great Tennessee River Race

Category: Adventure Education

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials: White Gloss Paper, Athletic Boarder, color coded push pins, water vessel circle stickers, projector to trace map onto bulletin board paper


We wanted to motivate the children in grades 3-5 to exercise after school instead of playing video games or watching TV. We wanted to improve the students perspective on their lifestyle and lifelong physical activity goals. We gave them an exercise sheet to fill out each week for one month (April). They would record what exercise they did and for how long each day and their parents had to sign it to validate it. Each Monday they would bring it in and we would move their water craft on our bulletin map board.

Third grade were canoes with their names on them. Fourth grade were paddle boards and fifth grade were kayaks. For every thirty minutes of exercise outside of school they did, their vessel would move 30 miles. We encouraged them to exercise each day, but they could only acquire 30 miles a day in the race.

The Tennessee River is 652 miles long from East of Knoxville, TN to Paducah, KY., so that allowed them to miss up to 5 days in the month and still make it. To kick things off we had a woman kayaker, ranked 10th in the world, come in and bring several kayaks and paddle boards, which we put on scooters, and she taught them how to stroke. She also showed a video of some of the races she was in and how she was married in a kayak on the Tennessee River. She discussed the ecology along the river and history of the river.

For all those who made it at the end of the month we had a giant splash pool party at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's new A.R.C. which has a lazy river as well as a pool. The kids had a blast exercising extra hard for a month and at the party reward in May.

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Submitted by Jan Connell who teaches at The Bright School in Chattanooga, TN. Additional authors for this idea were Coach McDaniel. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/11/2016 4:00:00 PM. Viewed 2243 times since 5/3/2016.

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