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Teacher: Katie Mulloy who teaches at Ronald Reagan Elementary School in New Berlin, WI. Katie Mulloy can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Monthly Fitness Challenge (March Muscle Madness Fitness Challenge)

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To encourage students and their families to exercise and be active at home.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Materials Needed: Fitness calendar and directions for parents, various prizes (optional), see below for the bulletin/board door, Completion Certificate.

Monthly Fitness Challenge (March Muscle Madness Fitness Challenge)

Challenge your students or school to participate in a month's worth of fitness activities at home. One of my struggles as a Physical Education teacher is how to bridge the gap from physical activity in physical education class to getting kids to be active at home with their families. Present your students with a monthly fitness challenge with built in incentives (small raffle prizes) to encourage student participation throughout the whole month. Students get excited to exercise outside of school, parents can make it a family activity and the exercises are easy to do at home for all fitness levels.

Bulletin Board/Door Board Picture


Plug in different exercises or physical activities from month to month to create new challenges and themes that fit the needs/wants of your physical education program and goals. The options are endless with this kind of fitness challenge set-up.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Communicating the rules/expectations of the challenge to students and families is key to its success. I suggest starting with exercises or activities that your students participate in during physical education class so they know how to perform the activities correctly and safely. Also, provide a "how to" exercise resource for families so they can help lead their children and perform the exercises along with their student. For example, post the directions to your school webpage, email parents to inform them of the challenge, and explain in detail to your students showing passion and excitement. Most of all, make it achievable for all students.

Have them take pictures of themselves being active at home and post them at school.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Fitness calendar exercises can be adapted for any and all students with disabilities to participate. Just change the exercises to suit a studentís specific needs and they can participate.

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Posted on PEC: 3/1/2017 and has received 16 votes.

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GREAT IDEA and timing!! We were looking for a good resource to use for a parent-student engagement event and this will fulfill our requirements! Thanks for sharing!

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