Let’s Go on the Land | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Let’s Go on the Land

    Junior
    Physical Activity Level
    • Moderate

    Facilities
    • Classroom

    • Gymnasium

    • Multipurpose

    Equipment
      • Appendix A

      • Appendix B

      • Chair (1 per student)

    Safety Considerations

    Check that chairs to be used are stable. Remind students to be cautious when moving and to be aware of personal space of others.

    Overview

    Students will actively and safely explore movements associated with camping adventures.

    Warm Up

    Sequences

    • Students start by walking on the spot for 20 seconds.
    • Next, students perform 8 Bob & Weaves, followed by 8 Squat and Kicks.
    • Students increase the intensity by jogging on the spot for 20 seconds, perform again the sequence of activities, and then finish with running on the spot for 20 seconds.
    • Repeat, if necessary, to meet the recommended warm-up duration (1-2 minutes).
    • Consult Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activities (Appendix A) for examples.
    Getting Active

    Let’s Go Camping

    • Students sit upright in their chairs, slightly forward with their backs off the back of the chair.
    • Begin a story about all the things one needs to think of when going camping (e.g., What will you pack? Who is going on this trip? What food will you eat and how will you prepare it? Will you be hunting, fishing or trapping? What time of year do you like to go camping?).
    • Ask students to think about activities involved in going camping. Students then make movements to act out those activities. Consider the following examples:

    Canoeing: Students pretend to get into a canoe and go for a ride, paddling on each side of the canoe.

    Fishing: Students pretend to fish by casting a fishing rod over their head and touching their toes.

    Gathering firewood: Students pretend to gather wood by reaching, bending and picking up firewood. Then, pretending it’s very heavy, they slowly go from a squatting to standing position and place the firewood on a pile.

    Swimming: Students pretend to swim in the current by practicing various swimming techniques (e.g., front stroke, butterfly and breast stroke).

    Spear Fishing: Students pretend to spear fish by holding their hands in the air, swinging down to catch the fish, then bending down to take the fish off the spear.

    Hunting: Students pretend to hunt by crouching down, taking two steps, standing up, taking aim, crouching down, and then repeating.

    Mosquito Dance: Students do the Mosquito dance by swatting insects away and making exaggerated arm movements.

    Cool Down

    High-Five!

    • Ask for 5 volunteer leaders.
    • Students jog on the spot, and leaders move around giving students high-fives. Each time a student is high-fived by a leader, they decrease the intensity of their activity. Students have 4 levels they must complete (i.e., jogging, marching, Bob & Weave, and walking). Each leader can only high-five a given student once during the game.
    • After the activity, lead students through a series of static stretches (1-2 minutes). For examples, refer to Appendix B.
    Other Considerations
    • Music can be used to accompany this activity (see examples in Appendix D).
    • Incorporate language learning by getting students to name the camping activities in their traditional language.