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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.

 

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