Each year our international games unit continues to be a student favorite. We search for popular activities from around the globe, then introduce them to our students. This year we played a long jump rope game called RELOJ, which is a Spanish word for clock.
RELOJ is based on the twelve numbers on a clock.
Watch the video and see the written instructions below the video.
Create groups of 6-8.
2 students turn the rope while the rest of the group lines up to take turns jumping.
The first jumper enters the turning rope and says, “one o’clock.” After jumping the rope one time, the jumper exits the rope.
The second jumper immediately enters saying, “two o’clock,” jumps twice then exits.
This continues all the way to twelve o’clock.
If a jumper fails to jump the rope then he/she is out and the next jumper enters the rope picking up with the same number the previous jumper was unable to complete.
If there are still multiple jumpers remaining after twelve o’clock, then the game goes back to one o’clock and continues until there is one person left.
Change rope turners after each round.
The setup is the same as the competitive version.
The goal is for the group to go from one o’clock to twelve o’clock.
If a jumper misses, then he/she takes over for one of the rope turners. The next time a jumper misses, he/she replaces the other turner.
I played this game with my 4th and 5th-grade students. It’s imperative that your students have previous experience turning a long rope with a steady and smooth rhythm as well as jumping in and out of the turning rope. Don’t try to teach them to run before they’re able to walk.