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Indoor Track and Field Lesson Plan
The challenge I have in teaching track and field at my particular school is that I have no track or field; just blacktop, playground, and a gymnasium. Therefore, I have designed an indoor track and field event lesson plan for my Kindergarteners through second graders. This is a fun lesson plan on snowy days when they can not go outside for recess, but still want to run around.
Indoor Track & Field Event for Grades K-2
Warm-up: As the class enters, the students will line up around the circle on the floor of the gym, in the center. We will complete warm-up activities, alternating between walking/running around the circle, upper body exercises, and abdominal exercises, plus a few stretches.
Equipment: Cones, hurdle sticks to place over cones, aerobic steps, gymnastics mats, mini-noodles or beanbags.
Plan: four different types of runs will be placed around the gym, incorporating relay runs into other events. The first run will be a sprint to the next corner. The second run will be hurdle jumping. The third will be a mini-Fartlek course with the students running around cones, over aerobic steps, and climbing over folded gymnastics mats. The fourth will be a mini-Steeplechase with students running over a few hurdles with the last being a jump over a gymnastics mat lying sideways to simulate a water barrier. Each student has an equal opportunity to run each course twice, in a non-competitive style.
Procedure: Divide the class in half (for me, each class has approximately 14 students. Larger classes can be broken up into four groups). Each group lines up at opposite corners of the gym. The first person in line is handed a mini-noodle (or beanbag, anything that will work as a relay marker). The run starts by having the first student complete the first two runs and handing the relay stick to the first person in the next line, who completes runs three and four. The relay stick is then handed to the second person in line, and so on. Once the teams have finished by switching places, the race starts again so everyone has a chance to run each course. The course will be run twice.
Equipment: Gymnastics mats from previous event, Frisbees and hoops, floor markers for long jump.
Plan: During the last half of class, the students will participate in field events. Equipment will be set up in the middle of the gym as students take a quick drink break at the water fountain. The students will participate in the high jump (gymnastics mats piled up so they can leap on top and jump off the other side); the discus throw (throwing Frisbees into hoops); and the long jump (with markers to measure how far they jumped).
Procedure: The class will be broken up into three stations with a certain amount of time spent at each until each group has had a chance to participate at each station.
Conclusion: The last five minutes will be spent in group formation, discussing the course (such as how far each student jumped, how many Frisbees hit the hoops, etc.), and asking questions about which muscles we worked, or if our heart rates increased and why.
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