This is a great warm up track to start any physical education class. I have been using this warm up in my class now for about a year and my students are still liking it. My older kids just walk into my gym and automatically start walking around my track which helps get class started. My younger kids are starting to do the same thing. Instead of wasting time with squad spot stretching, try this warm up that has music, running and age appropriate stretching for elementary and middle school students.
This warm up features running, side sliding and jumping as basic locomotor movements and flutter kicks, ski jumps, mountain climbers and high knees 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 to 8 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.
Please leave a comment as I would love to know your feedback and ideas!
Here is the script for you to review with your class:
Warm Up Introduction & Safety Statement
1. Boys - Sliding / Girls - High Knees
2. Girls - Jumping / Boys - Mountain Climbers
3. Boys - Running / Girls - Flutter Kicks*
4. Girls - Running / Boys - Ski Jumps
Half Way (Change Directions)
1. Boys - Jumping / Girls - Ski Jumps
2. Girls - Sliding / Boys - Flutter Kicks*
3. Boys - Running / Girls Mountain Climbers
4. Girls - Running / Boys - High Knees
Finish and Huddle Up
*Flutter Kick - Lay flat on the floor and while keeping you legs straight, lift them off the floor 6 to 8 inches and start to slowly kick back and forth like swimming in a pool.