Warm Up Equipment/Set-Up
  • Music
  • Music delivery system

Students start in team positions facing the teacher.

Fitness Focus: High Knee March

Say to students:

  • It’s wonderful to see that so many of you are ready to move to get stronger.
  • In our warmup we are going to try to march with our knees up high.
  • You may have seen people march in a parade or band.
  • It’s a move people sometimes do when they are all moving together.
  • Stand up so that we can try it all together!


  1. Work through proper form: Stand strong/tall through the head and torso, Lift the knees up to waist height, while alternating with a medium hard foot placement on the floor.
  2. Practice together for 20 counts, trying to stay in rhythm with each other.

Warm Up: March, Meet, and Move

This warm-up activity allows students to begin moving at a moderate pace, using the skill of high knee marching, while they interact and cooperate with each other to complete previously learned exercises/moves.

It prompts them to focus on working well with others to complete a task together.

Tell students that the warm up is called, March, Meet, and Move.

  • Explain that in the warm-up they will use their marching skill to move safely throughout the activity area.
  • Share that when you call aloud, Meet and Move, they should stop marching and turn towards the person/s closest to them.
  • Share that the taller person will show an exercise that they know, and their partner/s should then copy the move.
  • Explain that when you call aloud, march, they will begin marching and moving around the general space again.
  • Tell them that this pattern of moving will continue for one song.
  • Remind them to be aware of their personal space while moving and use safe moving skills so they don’t bump/bang or slip/slide into others.
  • Prompt them to work well with others they “meet up” with by mimicking the tallest person’s moves quickly and cooperating/not arguing with each other.


  1. Start music to begin movement.
  2. Intermittently call aloud, Meet and Move.
  3. Move through activity space and encourage lots of movement.
  4. Continue activity with intermittent cues for 3-5 minutes or one song.


Ask students to place a flat palm over their heart and give a thumb’s up hand signal if they can feel the heart doing its job.