In this day of financial cut backs and tighter school budgets it is important to maximize the use of your equipment. Some of the simple pieces you may already have or are considering to purchase may have untapped potential for use in your lessons. We have come up with an easy guide of 100 creative uses for your gym mats. Some of these maybe things you have already done, but I am also confident that the ideas in this book will give you many more ways to use something that is already sitting in your gym and you forget about most of the time. This guide can also be used with the book “Classroom Complexes”, and “50 Ways to Use Pins in Physical Education”.
More Specialty areas are being encouraged to align and aide classroom teachers by doing more cross-curricular activities and lessons to reinforce surmounting state standards. This book provides exciting and various ways to incorporate mats into any lesson you are teaching. It contains games, fitness routines, warm-ups, sport specifics, and basic skills that can be incorporated into any physical education unit. The teaching styles that can be incorporated into these activities are endless. Anywhere from a teacher’s step by step instruction to problem solving techniques. The activities are individualized, team oriented, and used for game situations or stations. You will discover that activities presented in this book will help strengthen your physical education program. The book uses muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility while incorporating regular classroom subjects pertaining to fitness.
It’s time to unlock new lessons and games that will challenge and charge your students with new found energy and excitement with some old standard P.E. equipment.