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Name of Activity / Task: PACER Practice
Concept being Taught: Cardiovascular fitness
Purpose of Activity: To have students practice the PACER test of the Cooper FitnessGram Test.
Cues: Pace yourself, no need to sprint
Suggested Grade Level: 6-12
PACER cassette tape from the Cooper Institute (FitnessGram Test), Cassette player, Enough space to set up the 20M course,
Cones, Batons (optional)
Prerequisites: Students need to have heard the cadence that is on the cassette tape. It will get them used to how long the intervals are.
Description of the Activity
Have students get into groups of 3 or 4. Split the group and have them facing each other at the distance of 20M. Designate which student will start the jog/run (give that person the baton or they can slap hands when they get to their partner). This works like a shuttle run with one student at a
time crossing to the other side when they hear the
"beep" from the PACER Tape. On the
next "beep" the next student crosses back
over. Their goal is to get to the other side before they hear the next "beep". Count the number of times students go back and forth as a group. As time goes on the time between beeps gets shorter and shorter. Encourage the team to continue achieving as many levels of the
tape as possible (see the FitnessGram test for details). When a student does not make it to their partner before the beep comes then it is time to cease the count. They can rest and start again.
- Students can start off with a
"speed" walk if they chose, progress to sliding or
skipping and finally jogging.
- Start with larger groups and then diminish the team numbers down to 3. Students should be ready to take the test by themselves at that point.
Submitted by Mary Beth Zolli who
teaches at Zion-Benton Township High School in Zion, IL. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PE Central: 12/20/98
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