Name/Title: "UNO" Fitness

Purpose of Event: To increase cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength.

Prerequisites: Some reading skills needed (but if one struggles then do in pairs), Heart rate knowledge.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Deck of "UNO" cards, colored signs (l each color in UNO deck), paper card with an exercise listed; ex: red=push ups, yellow=mountain climbers; blue=curl ups, green=bell jumps (or lateral jumps), wild card draw pile with cards with activities listed on them.

Description of Idea

Each student is dealt a UNO card. They are to perform an activity by the following criteria:

After completing an activity the student gives the card back to the teacher and the student is dealt another card. Continue this for a set amount of time or each student must complete a certain number of cards.


Other types of "fun" activities could be included such as jumping rope, bench steps or dyna-band type stretches to get away from traditional exercises.

Try the activity as a group challenge. Can your group do X amount of the activity in a given amount of time?

Assessment Ideas:

Did the students keep their heart rate in the healthy heart or aerobic zone the entire time?

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Students with reading or color identifying difficulties can pair up with a partner and use a buddy system. Have everyone go with a partner and do the activity together.

For wheelchair bound students their partner can push them a 1/2 lap rather walk/jog a lap, etc.

Submitted by Caecilia  Gropp in Scott City , KS . Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 7/11/2000.
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