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Name of Activity:
Purpose of Activity:To learn different ways to be active during the fall months using a Halloween Theme.
Prerequisites:Students would need to know basic exercises, body composition, aerobic activities, how to use a stop watch, and names of basic PE equipment
Suggested Grade Level:3-5
Materials Needed:20 cones, one tarp, shredded paper, small ojbects for a treasure hunt, 4 baseball bats, 6 stopwatches, 7 large pumpkins, 5 tiny pumpkins, 1 medium pumpkin, station instructions, 3 hula hoops, 3 notebooks with pens, jar of pumpkin seeds (precounted)
Description of Idea
Note: The main goal was to give students ideas of how to be active with their families during the fall months, but it also allows for other learning/feedback to take place.
Students go from station to station completing each activity. (see station instructions)
Station 1 Treasure Hunt.
Tell students they can do this at home with a pile of leaves (how do they get a pile of leaves?! Perhaps an aerobic activity of raking!!).
Station 2 Pumpkin Name
Tell students besides a clever name, try a name that is health/fitness related with a reason behind why (example, �we named the pumpkin Roids because people who use steroids have veins popping out and the pumpkin was red which made me think he was angry, another steroid sign"). It�s fun to hear them reason and rediscover what they already know and what they have learned (maybe they learn from each other too?)
Station 3 Seed count
They guess the count, but at the end get to see the size of the pumpkin the seeds came from (huge one). They are shocked it didn�t have more, which goes to show you can�t judge a book by it�s cover. And we talk about fat vs. muscle on humans.
Variation- have two jars and let the kids discuss why one pumpkin had more seeds than the other and how that relates to how humans are made up.
Station 4 Pumpkin Weight
Students try to guess how much each pumpkin weighs (similar discussions as the seed count)
Station 5 Pumpkin workout
Easy to workout at home without weights! I tell the kids I can do ALL exercises on the list with my children at home instead of pumpkins or weights. We brainstorm what else could be used at home.
Station 6 Pumpkin Shuttle
Kids like to compete and it�s simple. Fun for the whole family. They can predict who would win in their family and test it out at home.
Station 7 Hula Hoop Toss
Another game for the family to try at home. Possibly a version of disc golf, depending on yard size.
They also have to keep track of points or can make a game out of it (like ladder golf rules with cancellations)
Station 8 Pumpkin relay
Teamwork and problem solving!
Station 9 Pumpkin Push
Problem solving, fun, competitive
The pumpkin naming station allows you to see if they have a grasp on terminology and application of those terms.
You can have written statements of how they problem solved at the group stations.
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