Time to Use Your Skills Tag (Locomotor Skill Review)
This warm-up directs students to recall and use many types of locomotor skills. It allows them a chance to use fitness skills and interact with each other as they use safe moving skills. Students are asked to use personal responsibility to follow the rules of the game.
Say to students, Let’s get moving together to warm-up and use some of the locomotor skills we learned/practiced earlier this year!
Share with them the following:
- Our warm-up is called, Time to Use Your Skills Tag.
- They will move all throughout the designated activity area when the music starts.
- They should use their awareness and moving skills to try to stay away from the two players designated as the taggers.
- If they get tagged, they should exit the playing area and go to the skill practice area sectioned off by the cones.
- In the skill practice area, they will choose one of their locomotors to move them safely down the length of the practice area and back to their starting position.
- After completing the locomotor, they may return to gameplay.
- Ask students to recall the various locomotors they can remember learning throughout the year. (Call on students to share/demonstrate).
- Choose two students to be the taggers in the first round of the game and give them safe tagging tools.
- Direct the other students to spread out in activity area in personal space.
- Begin music to begin movement.
- Circulate and encourage best-effort play and best-effort practice.
- Stop the music after 3 minutes of play and direct students to freeze in position.
- Choose new taggers for a new round of the game and repeat gameplay.
- Direct students to move safely to team positions and sit down.
Fitness Focus: Seated V Stretch
Say: I saw lots of great running in that warm-up game, and we are going to run again in our next activity, so let’s try a stretch together that will give our leg muscles a chance to relax and stretch.
This is a sitting stretch, and it is called the V Stretch.
- Teach/Model proper form with students-sit tall and strong, extend your legs out a bit wider than shoulder width so that they make a shape like the letter V.
- Point your toes up to the sky.
- Try to keep your legs straight while you lean forward and stretch your arms out towards your feet.
- Hold this position for 30 counts.