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Teacher: Bobbie Becker who teaches at Royalton-Hartland Elementary in Gasport, NY.

Name of Best Practice: Fitness Birthday Wishes

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To recognize your students' birthdays and improve upper body strength.

Suggested Grade Level: K--5

Fitness Birthday Wishes

When a student tells us it is his/her birthday all the students gather around one of the large circle lines in the gym, place their hands on the circle ready to do "Birthday Push-ups" while the Birthday Person is inside the circle also ready to perform. The number of push-ups are determined by the student's birthday age and are done to the teacher's count of "down one, down two etc." When the push-ups are completed, then I announce "1-2-3" everyone wishes the birthday student a Happy Fit Birthday.

Variations:

If more than one student has a birthday we do it for all of them at the same time doing the oldest birthday number of push-ups. When it is the teacher's birthday we add the two numbers of the birthday together(23 years old would be 5 push-ups)and let the students guess how old the teacher really is which is a math integration activity:)

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Call out names of students doing "perfect push-ups" during the activity. It also really motivates the birthday student to do their best push-ups as they are on display for all to see.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Modify the push-ups accordingly as needed.

Do sit ups or another cool exercise instead of push ups.

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Posted on PEC: 11/29/2005 and has received 63 votes.

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