Beanbag (1 per student)
Check that furniture does not pose a hazard during activities. Ensure that the floor is not slippery and is free of obstacles. Remind students to be cautious when moving and to be aware of the personal space of others.
Students will actively and safely explore movements by participating as activity leaders and followers.
Walk and Roll
- Call out the signal “Walk”; students can walk anywhere in the activity area.
- Call out “Roll”; students stop to do a rolling stretch for 15 seconds (e.g., slowly roll shoulders, wrists, ankles, hips, neck).
- After about 15 seconds of “Roll”, give the “Walk” signal again, and students resume walking.
- Encourage students to gradually increase their walking speed as they continue to Walk and Roll.
- Challenge students to “walk with attitude” by adding their own creative moves as they walk (e.g., use big strides, move high/low, use funky arms, speed-walk, use dance steps).
- Students face the front of the activity area, ready to follow a leader. Ask a volunteer first leader to move to the front of the room.
- The first leader faces the class and does 2 or 3 moves (e.g., running on the spot, dance moves, sports moves, jumping jacks, skipping, high knee lifts, lunge jumps, hopping on each foot, jumps, leg kicks). Everyone mirrors the leader’s moves.
- After 30–60 seconds, signal to the leader to turn to face another direction, i.e., the back or either side of the room. The students turn to face that direction as a new student volunteers to be the leader.
- The new leader moves to the “new front”, faces the class and does 2 or 3 moves, with everyone following. After 30–60 seconds, the leader turns to face another direction as a new student volunteers to be the leader.
- Students continue to move and turn, following a new leader each time they face a new direction.
- Encourage students to keep moving throughout the activity, i.e., to continue to follow the leader’s move until a new one is demonstrated.
- Challenge the leaders to ensure that their moves are moderate or vigorous activities.
- Students move around the area with an object (e.g., a beanbag) balanced on top of their head acting as their “battery pac” or “power pac.”
- If a “power pac” falls off, the student freezes in a stretch position until someone puts it back on their head. These two people now connect to form a “unit” and move around together. If either loses their “power pac”, they both freeze in a stretch position until another person or “unit” helps them, forming a larger unit.
- Play continues as the “units” keep getting bigger. If anyone loses his or her “power pac” in attempting to help another, they also freeze and become part of the “frozen” unit.
- Lead (or ask a student to lead) a series of stretches. Consult the examples in Appendix B.
- Encourage students to keep moving throughout the warm-up.
- Consider playing music to help inspire and motivate students. (See Appendix D for ideas)
- It may be uncomfortable for some students to be the “leader”. Ask for volunteers, rather than assigning leaders. If students feel more comfortable volunteering as pairs, consider allowing groups of two to work together as “leaders”.
- Prior to beginning the Four-way Mirror activity, help students brainstorm a list of moderate and vigorous intensity activities and movements that can be done safely in limited spaces (see Appendix A for ideas). Encourage the students to add to the list over time.