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    You have many options for a Gymnastic lesson in your Physical Education lesson.  It doesn’t have to be flips, parallel bars and advanced movements.

     

     

    Jog & Search

     

    Equipment: Index cards

     

    Grades: 2nd-12th

     

    • Spread out index cards labeled with exercises all over your gym floor.

     

    • Have your students jog around the basketball court or designated area.

     

    • On your whistle the students will sprint to an index card and perform the exercise.

     

    • Exercise choices: Squats, jumping jacks, wall seats, jump up, balance on one foot, push-ups and curl-ups.

     

    • Once the student completes the exercise, they return to a slow job around the court until you blow the whistle again.

     

    Individual Mat Work

     

     

    Equipment: 2 X 4 floor mats

     

    Grades: 1st-5th

     

    • Balance on 1 foot.

     

    • Airplane balance on 1 foot with arms out and lean forward.

     

    • Jump up and perform a 180 and 360.

     

    • Push-ups.

     

    • Curl-ups.

     

    • Jump straight up.

     

    • Jump up and to the side.

     

    • Jump forward & back.

     

    • Air jacks. Jumping while doing a jumping jack.

     

    • Jump up from a kneeling position to a stand.

     

    • Hand stands.

     

    • Walking hand stands.

     

    Partner Work

     

     

    • Squats back to back.

     

    • Lifts: Stand back to back, hook elbows and lift your partner off the floor. Take turns back and forth. 

     

    • Face your partner, grab hands, touch toe to toe and lean back as if your sitting in a chair.

     

    • Balance on a partner. One partner gets on all fours and another partner does the same on their back.

     

    • Same as above from a standing position. (Piggy back)

     

    • Partner does push-ups while the other holds them up by their ankles.

     

    • A,B,C Push-ups with a partner. Slap hands while doing push-ups each time you come up.

     

    • Groups of 3.  All 3 partners hold hands while 1 of the partners attempt to jump over the arms of the other two.

     

    • One partner down on all four’s and the other partner in the same position, but on top of their partner.

     

    • Falling correctly.  Hold your partner’s hands while leaning back ward and let go.  Strike hands on the mat as you fall.

     

     

    Gymnastic Stations

     

     

    Equipment: Mats, balance beams, cones

     

    Grades: 3rd-8th

     

    • Balance beam station.  Low to the ground walking, cartwheels.

     

    • Rolling station.  Use a high mat 2-3 feet in thickness. Run up and log roll or forward roll.

     

    Rock Wall Station

     

    CLICK HERE for more rock wall activities.

     

    Tumbling station

     

    Equipment: Mats

     

    Grades:  K-5th

     

     

    • Log rolls.

     

    • Forward rolls.

     

    • Back rolls.

     

    Rope Swing Station

     

     

    Equipment: You’ll need a rope attached to your ceiling & a 6-12 inch thick mat.

     

    Grade: 2nd-6th

     

    • Students will swing over the mat.

     

    Rope Climb Station

     

    • I recommend a 2-3 ft thickness in your mat with a teaching spotting. 

     

    Box Jump Station

     

    • Use different heights for ability.

     

    Plank Station

     

    • Front and side planks.

     

    • Wall seats.

     

    Moving Station

     

    • Bear crawls

     

    • Army crawls

     

     

    Relays

     

     

    • Jumps 

     

    • Leap frogs with a partner or group.  Jump over partner back as the bend over.

     

    • Wheel barrel with one  partner holding the ankles while the other walks on their hands.

     

    • Double Wheel barrel. First partner in push-up position with feet resting on partners shoulders.  2nd player in push-up position with other partner holding the ankle’s.

     

    • Walking hand stands.

     

    Balance before the beam

     

    Equipment: Mats

     

    Grades: K-5th

     

    • Balance on one foot. Flamingo style.

     

    • Chair seat.

    • Feet and hands only with rear up in the air.

     

    • One foot touch side of your other leg and both hands together above your head.

     

    • Stretch over to side, with arm out.

    • Head down and foot up.

    • Advanced side plank.

    • Advanced balance.

    • Advanced balance split.

    • Elbow balance.

    Balance Beam activities

     

    Equipment: Benches & Mats to be place underneath the benches or beams.

     

    Grades: K-5th

     

     

     

    • You can use a bench if you don’t have a balance beam’s.  They’re wider and less expensive.

     

    • Crawl across.

     

    • Hands and feet only.

     

    • Crab crawl forward and backward.

     

    • Army crawl.

     

    • Straddle walk sideways.

     

    • Run.

     

    • Hop.

     

    • Jump.

     

    • Walk backwards.

     

    • Turning in circles.

     

    • Pause half way and stand on one foot.

     

    • Pause on one knee.

     

    • Pause and balance on one foot leaning forward.

     

    • Forward & backward dismount practice.

     

    Obstacle Course

     

    CLICK HERE to see a obstacle/ninja warrior course to give you some ideas for your class.

     

     

     

    • There is no set way to set up a obstacle course, but I recommend requiring your students to perform a balance movement after each apparatus. 

     

    • Log Roll on a mat.

     

    • Walk on a low balance beam.

     

    • Crawl thru a tunnel.

     

    • Swing on a rope.

     

    • Perform 3 cartwheels on a mat.

     

    • Walk on hands and feet in a push-ups.

     

    • Jump from 2 X 2ft mats with touching the ground.  Place a thin mat underneath. Similar to how Ninja warrior begins.

     

    • Army Crawl.

     

    Hope you enjoyed this post.  Feel free to leave a comment or question below.

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