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Name of Activity:

Leaping for Measurement

Academic content:


Purpose of Activity:

This activity is designed to: 1. Give students practice leaping using proper form. 2. To have students estimate length using customary and metric units. 3. To have students measure and record the length (to the nearest ½ inch and millimeter) of their leaps.


Students should have prior instruction on measuring length using customary and metric units.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

each student will need a sheet to record their leaps, estimations, and actual measurements, chalk if outside, floor tape if inside in the gym, yard/meter sticks(2-sided with inches on one side and centimeters on the other work best)

Physical activity:


Description of Idea

Introduce the skill of leaping by explaining and demonstrating that a leap is performed by taking off from one foot and landing on the opposite foot. Allow students to practice and encourage them to bend their knee and hip for a cushioned landing. Once students have an understanding of the skill, pass out a one-meter stick to each student or one stick for every pair. Be sure to emphasize safety in using the meter sticks and to keep them on the ground and to themselves. Go over the difference between metric and customary units and what it means to estimate. Give students the recording sheets and discuss the format. Model marking a starting point with either chalk or tape and performing a leap. Show students how to mark their ending point as well. Explain that before students record their actual distance, they should estimate the distance and record it. Students should continue to follow these steps for five leaps.


Students can alternate leading with the right or left foot and see if doing so will affect the distance of the leap. Students could leap five times in a row and measure longer distances using larger units-yard, decameter, etc. For a challenge, students could calculate the average distance of their leaps. Hopping and jumping could be added to the activity, or done alone, to see which skill creates the longest distance.

Assessment Ideas:

Teacher checklist: Note the students' leaping technique. Have students turn in their recording sheet to assess student understanding of the written task.

Discuss or have students write how their estimations changed as they performed more leaps and became familiar with their distances.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

For students that have a difficult time reading or writing, designate another student to be a helper. Students will special needs could roll or toss a ball and measure the distance it travels.

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Submitted by Chrissy Camp who teaches at Vaughan Elementary in Dallas, GA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 6/29/2008.

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