This is a great warm up track to start any physical education class. I have recently started using podcasting and technology in my class and my students are loving this new warm up. Instead of stretching your students on squad spots and having them take a lap around the gym or play area, try this warm up that has music, running and age appropriate stretching for elementary and middle school students.
This warm up features galloping and skipping as basic locomotor movements and jumping jacks, calf raises, bicycle kicks and squats as fitness exercises. Students will work at their own pace and challenge themselves to get their heart rates up and ready for physical activity. I find myself doing the warm up with the students for my own physical fitness as well as motivate, encourage and help individual students on techniques they are struggling with.
The concept of flipping my classroom for the first 7 minutes has given me a chance to assess my students as well as set up for class activities. Sometimes just having that extra few minutes to get yourself ready for class is all you need.
Please give it a try and you will surely see the value this type of warm up brings to your class. Simply explain to your students that they are doing a different type of warm up today. They are to listen to the instructions and then do what is asked of them to do. Just press play and you have just become a teacher assistant in your own class! You will be amazed at how well your students respond.
Here is the script for you to review with your class:
Warm Up Introduction & Safety Statement
1. Girls - Galloping / Boys - Jumping Jacks
2. Boys - Skipping / Girls - Squats
3. Girls - Skipping / Boys - Calf Raises
4. Boys - Galloping / Girls - Bicycle Kicks
1. Girls - Galloping / Boys - Bicycle Kicks
2. Boys - Skipping / Girls - Calf Raises
3. Girls - Skipping / Boys - Squats
4. Boys - Galloping / Girls - Jumping Jacks
Finish and Huddle Up
Please leave a comment as I would love to know your feedback and ideas!