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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

Materials Needed: 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.


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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