Last spring, when I was home searching for asynchronous lessons for my students, I had an epiphany. Why not create a fitness-based board game for students to play at home WITH their families. Having a bit more free time during the lockdown, I literally locked myself into my office and created four such games. One was called SIX IN A ROW.
SIX IN A ROW is a combination luck and mostly skill. By rolling the dice and completing a variety of exercises and skill challenges, players try to be the first to cover six squares in a row either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally with their included game chips. See all rules below.
The game was a hit with my students and families. Check it out! Add to your classroom or asynchronous lesson plans.
If you’d like a copy of SIX IN A ROW or 3 other Keeping Kids in Motion board games, click the link below.
Other Keeping Kids in Motion board games include:
I originally developed Balance Bingo as an asynchronous lesson for my students on Seesaw. I was extremely impressed with the student response videos and parent feedback. On many instances, parents practiced the balances with the children. Isn’t it the best when parents play along? Below is the asynchronous sheet I sent home.
ROLLING FOR BALANCE
For my face-to-face students, I created a similar activity on Google slides. I took away four of the balances and added virtual dice from Youtube. I could have used actual dice for each student to work individually but opted to work as a whole group together, especially with Covid 19 guidelines.
Are you ready to Flourish with Fitness throughout the month of November? If so, then it’s time for 30 DAYS of GIVING THANKS and DOING PLANKS!
Plank exercises strengthen the core. Core muscles help to support the body and allow us to use our arms and legs strongly and effectively. Strong core muscles form the foundation for good posture, coordination, and balance. All gross and fine motor skills rely on a stable core.
Remember to practice and encourage proper form with your children/students. Now let’s take a look at the challenge.
Choose 1 Timed Plank Exercise and 3 Counted Plank Exercises each day from the list of 10 plank variations below!
SCAN the QR CODE for a demonstration of each plank exercise.
TIMED PLANK EXERCISES – Hold for at least 20 seconds. Increase time each day for your personal best.
COUNTED PLANK EXERCISES
Think of something or someone you’re thankful for, and write it on the calendar each day. If you’re thankful for a person, go above and beyond by telling the person or by writing them a note.
Using the linked fitness calendar, write your initials for each day you complete the routine. At the end of the month, turn in your completed calendar to your PE teacher. Students completing at least 10 days will receive a certificate.
“Strong Core Muscles Create Confident Kids!” Clamber Club, 25 Feb. 2017, clamberclub.com/weak-core-learning-difficulties-link/.