Outdoor Literature “Obstacle Course” Activity (Editable)
I am always trying new ways to get my junior and senior alt-ed students up and moving around. It can get tricky in my English courses. We don't have a lot of space in the classroom, so ideally lessons involving a lot of movement should take place outside. I am fortunate in that the high school track and field is practically outside my back door.
After reading an article posted on the Edutopia website about the importance of movement, especially for students who have experienced trauma, I was even more motivated to develop a lesson I could use with my junior and senior English students.
"Movement is critical to learning while calming the stress and fear response. Teachers and students together could design a space, a labyrinth of sorts, where students can walk or move to relieve the irritation of the amygdale. Physical activities such as push-ups, jogging in place, jumping jacks, and yoga movements help to calm the limbic brain and bring the focus back to learning and reasoning."
To do this activity, you will need the following equipment:
2 badminton rackets and 2 shuttles, two lawn darts and two rings, basketball, beach ball, large rubber stretch band, stress ball, children’s basketball hoop and small basketball/Nerf basketball, football/Nerf football, jump rope.
Set up 16 stations (I use our outdoor track) with task cards and equipment. I laminate the task card sheets, cut sheets into 4 separate cards. I use large binder clips to weigh down the task cards so they don’t blow away.)
Make paper copies of the task cards to hand out to the students. (You may print back to back to save paper.)
Tip: If you don’t want everybody starting at the same station, highlight a different number on each packet. For example, highlight #1 on one packet and #2 on a different packet and so on. Randomly distribute the packets. Each student starts with the station highlighted in their packet.
You will need your packet, a writing utensil, and your book to complete this activity.
Rotate among the stations in the course. You need to accumulate 100 points. There are 110 possible points. Some cards are worth 5 points and others are worth 10 points. You decide which stations you’d like to skip.
***I included both a PowerPoint and PDF allowing for editing (if you'd like to modify activities, questions, etc.***
This resource also includes a FREE bonus indoor close reading activity that can be used with most magazine articles!