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Teacher: Darwin Rasmussen who teaches at Christina Huddleston Elementary School in Lakeville, MN. Darwin Rasmussen can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Off to College

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To promote a fun incentive based jogging program for each of my PE classes during the winter months. In addition, this integrates the learning of geography with physical fitness.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Paper, markers, or anything else needed to keep track of the jogged miles

Off to College

For this activity students jog to where their classroom teacher went to college using a scale that best fits their situation. Classes log miles on a chart until they reach their destination.

Phase I: Ask your PE classes classroom teachers where they went to college. Write or call their college and ask for posters or pictures to put up in your gym or hallway.

Phase II: Measure your PE area that you use for jogging. Ex: OUr space is 250 feet x 25 students = 6250 feet, (5280 feet = 1 mile). Therefore if my class of 25 students jogs one lap as a class, they have jogged a little more than one mile.

Phase III: Explain to your classes that you are going to jog to where their classroom teacher went to college. Make a chart or map, in miles, that shows your school (starting point) and the distance that they will need to jog in order to get to the college (ending spot).

Additional Thoughts/Ideas:

  • Use the colleges mascot as the graph indicator as to how far they have run.

  • Have students bring the idea home, ask their parents where they went to college (or high school).

  • As parents come to school have a sign up sheet for them to add their name to the college with the staff members.

  • If the distance from the school to the college is low, may want to have students run back.

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Posted on PEC: 10/9/2001 and has received 97 votes.

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