Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with Education World's tour of physical fitness Web sites. Get your students moving with hundreds of "active-ities" -- with the emphasis on active! Included: An activity idea from each site! Here are a few quick ideas for staying physically fit:

â?¢ Walk Across the Country. Students can walk or jog around a measured course at school, perhaps on a specific day each week. Each student keeps track of the number of miles walked. Each student also chooses a "destination" on a city or state (or U.S.) map. For each mile walked, students move a mile closer to their destination. At the end of a given timespan (e.g., a month, two months), who has traveled the farthest? (You might even involve parents in this one. Students' families could get out and walk together at home and add to the students' "mileage.") For more information about this activity, and for other fitness activities, check out the Health and PE Fitness Activities on teachnet.com.

â?¢ Name Game. Divide the class into groups of three or four. Give each group a Name Game Sheet. (See the Name Game Sheet on the PE Lesson Plans Web site. Each letter on the sheet has a corresponding activity. For example: A = five jumping jacks, B = five sit ups.) Each child chooses a word to spell using the Name Game Sheet. For example, B-A-T would be spelled by doing five sit ups, then five jumping jacks, then one shrug of the shoulders. If students don't know each other, they might spell their names. Otherwise they might spell out the name of a favorite PE activity, the name of another student in the class, or some other name. Teachers might place upper or lower limits on the number of letters in the name a student chooses.

â?¢ Birdie in a Cage. This game comes from DJ's Physical Education Resource. A ball (beachball, volleyball, any ball) is the only required equipment. Eight to 15 students form a circle. One person ("It") stands in the middle. The ball is passed player to player in the circle. "It" tries to touch the ball. Players in the circle cannot pass to their neighbor immediately to the right or left. When "It" touches the pass of one of the players, the player who made the pass becomes "It." If a bad pass is made and the ball leaves the circle, the passer has to replace "It." Check out DJ's (really David "DJ" Nosbisch, a senior at Illinois State University) Web site for some variations on Birdie in a Cage and for many other activities!

Ideas come from the Education World website: http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson063.shtml.


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