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Name of Activity:
Collect the Easter Eggs
Purpose of Activity:Students will participate in an aerobic fitness activity, while practicing various locomotor movements and participating in team activities.
Prerequisites:Students are able to perform various locomotor movements, such as running, galloping, skipping, hopping, and jumping, and various exercises, such as push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and stretching.
Suggested Grade Level:K-2
Materials Needed:6 large numbered cones, 6 Easter baskets, 8 small cones (to make the chicken coop), 50 or more plastic Easter eggs, 1 rubber chicken.
Description of Idea
Set up: Arrange the small cones in a circle at the center of the playing area and place the plastic Easter eggs inside the circle. This represents a chicken coop. Inside each egg, place a slip of paper with an exercise written on it, such as jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. For younger students, pictures should be used. Place the large cones around the perimeter of the playing area or at each end, evenly spaced so they are equal distance from the "coop". The large cones will mark the starting point for each team. There should be no more than four students on a team, so if the class size is larger than 24, more cones should be used.
Directions: Tell the students they need to help the Easter Bunny collect eggs, because it will soon be Easter! Select one student as the "chicken" to guard the "eggs". The student will hold the rubber chicken to be used as a tagging instrument. On the signal “go” the first person on each team will RUN to the “chicken coop” to attempt to grab an egg. If tagged by the "chicken", the student returns to the team without an egg and the next person on the team makes an attempt. If successful in grabbing an egg, the student brings the egg back to the team, opens it, reads the exercise, and the team will complete the exercise while the next person goes for another egg. Collected eggs are placed in the Easter basket. Continue until all eggs have been successfully collected. Each team can count how many eggs they collected. Before the next round, talk to the students about strategies used to keep from being tagged, ie., dodging, running fast, et cetera. Before starting the next round, have students return the eggs to the "coop", select a different locomotor skill to be used by both the "egg gatherers" and the "chicken", and select another student to be the "chicken". Continue in the same fashion until class time is up.
Check students' understanding of strategy with questions between rounds. Use a checklist for assessing performance of the locomotor skills.
Adaptations for Students with Disabilities
If a student has a motor disability, another student can run for that student and bring the egg to him/her to open and read the exercise.
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