Warm Up: Pac Man Introduce game
Explain gymnastics expectations:
We all will be participating at our very own level
If we are crash landing, the skill is too difficult and we need to move to an easier skill
We are learning gymnastics to become better movers, not olympic gymnasts
State to students Grade level expected outcomes posted on white board by grade level
Play Pac Man
Students move to mats and perform dynamic stretches for shoulders, backs, legs, wrists and ankles. Point out students who are doing stretches for each muscle group. Remind students as they are stretching that stretching is different from exercising. When we are stretching we are making our muscles longer, when we exercise we make our muscles stronger.
While students are stretching wrists and ankles hold up Routine Sheets. Tell them these are the sheets we will be using. They will need to fill in one skill for each of the 4 categories.
Go to posters on wall.
1. Rotational Skills; spinning, jump turns. Review arm swing, not washing machine, eyes spot on something. Demo jump turn, have students practice.
2. Weight Transfer: mule kick, kick-up, hand stand, cartwheel, round-0ff, any skill where I am transferring weight from my feet to my hands to my feet. Allow students to practice at their own comfort level. I have helper mats set up on a few of the mats to help students who don’t know how to cartwheel. I move about gym refining and teaching as they practice. Cues are quiet landings and extended limbs
3. Static Balance: stork stand, scale, tip up, tripod, headstand. Balances we can hold momentary stillness. Cues are tight core. I tell my students tight core means tightening the muscles that keep me from wetting my pants. Eyes spot or stare at something not moving. Again, I move about gym refining, teaching, reminding students of cues.
4. Rolling: log roll, egg roll, shoulder roll, tuck roll, straddle roll, …With third grade I went through each of these reteaching. They have learned these rolls in second grade but rolling forward and backward are third grade standards so we did rocking on back, back shoulder rolls, and front straddle rolls ( they are easier for students to get to back of head).
Students then picked up routine sheet.
Weight Transfer ___________ _________
Balance __________ ___________
Other __________ __________
1.___________ 5. ____________
2.___________ 6. ____________
3. ___________ 7. ___________
Today students just filled in one roll, one weight transfer, one balance they were comfortable doing. If they weren’t sure what was what they could reference sheets on wall. I gave them about 3-4 minutes for this part of the activity.
Students got in pairs on mats and showed their partner their roll. Partner gave feedback and switched. They went back to their mat and practiced the roll with the feedback. I repeated this with weight transfer and balance.