MAY the Force Be With You – JEDI Fitness Challenge

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It’s time to take the JEDI Fitness Challenge called MAY the Force Be With You! Follow Yoda as he encourages students, teachers, and parents to strive to become a JEDI Master.

The training consists of two different workouts, each guaranteed to help build the strength, endurance, and wisdom necessary to be a JEDI Master. Each day you complete the exercises, log the level completed on your JEDI fitness calendar.

My school is finished on May 25. Therefore, you’ll notice that the challenge ends on May 18. Other schools end in June. In this case, simply edit the directions and continue the challenge throughout May.

I’m attaching a link to the challenge in two formats. The PDF link includes the “Star Jedi” font, which I had to download. Unless you have that font, the document will not present properly. This link will not be editable.

I’ve also attached an editable document with the “Gill Sans” font. Most computers include this font. It still looks good but doesn’t have the same authenticity as the “Star Jedi” font. You can easily download this document and apply any Star Wars font. Click “Star Jedi”.

Click may challenge PDF for the PDF version of the challenge. 

Click may challenge EDITABLE for an editable copy of the challenge.


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April’s JUMP INTO SPRING Fitness Challenge

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Click JUMP ROPE for an editable copy of the challenge!

Choose a level that’s comfortable yet challenging for you:               

Level 1 – Perform the number of jumps listed each day followed by the 1-minute speed rope challenge.

Level 2 –  Double the number of jumps listed each day followed by the 1-minute speed rope challenge.

Level 3 – Triple the number of jumps listed each day followed by the 1-minute speed rope challenge.

The 1-minute Speed Rope Challenge

Count how many times you can successfully jump your rope in one minute. Jumps do not need to be consecutive. Calculate your daily total on the calendar.

What if I don’t have a jump rope?

No problem at all! Simply perform the challenge by jumping with an invisible rope. Pretend to turn the rope as you jump.

What if I can’t jump rope?

Each of us are at a different level when it comes to jumping rope. Try to perform the minimum number of jumps each day with the rope. For the 1-minute challenge, stretch the rope out on the ground. Count how many times you can jump back and forth over the rope in one minute.

What is the goal of April’s Jumping for Fitness Challenge?

This challenge has multiple goals. The first is to improve cardiovascular endurance. Secondly, jumping rope improves dynamic balance and coordination, reflexes, bone density and muscular endurance.

Complete the Jump Into Spring fitness challenge throughout the month of April.  At the end of the month, add up the total number of days completed, have your parents sign the bottom of the calendar and return it to your PE teacher for a certificate of completion and a shoe token.

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10 Simple RELAY RACES for YOUR Students

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Relay Races are be a quick and easy way to promote teamwork, active participation, integrity and fun. One of the keys to a successful relay is group size. Depending on the relay, limit the number of students per team to maximize movement and excitement. Of course, fast-paced relays can have more students than some of the slower relays where students are waiting for a turn.

Throughout any unit, I will sometimes take a quick “relay break,” even if it doesn’t directly relate to the topic. Other times I’ll incorporate a skill related to a unit into a relay race. For example, here’s one called The Hiking Relay I did with my 5th grade students.

Most of our relay races have a time limit, rather than the first team that finishes wins. A time limit allows students to continuously participate no matter how fast they are.

Here are three common ways we challenge our students when participating in a relay race:

  • “How many times can your team pass the ball down and back in two minutes?”
  • “How far can you team travel in one minute?”
  • “How many repetitions can you and your teammates complete in three minutes?”

Overall, relay races are a cost-effective, high energy way to boost the excitement level in PE class. Many relays can be done with large groups in smaller spaces with limited equipment.

Check out some of our favorite relay races. I hope you can use them. Please comment on relay races you use with your students!

The following relays can be adapted for multiple sports.


Thank you to everyone on Twitter who has contributed to our growing list of relay races.

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