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Teacher: Susan Jastraub who teaches at Paragon Elementary School in Paragon, IN. Susan Jastraub can be contacted at buckeyes@iquest.net.

Name of Best Practice: Vacation Physical Activity Log

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To keep students active over the Christmas vacation and to recognize students who chose to be active over that time period.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Letter to parents/students and students informing them what the log is about and the kinds of activities that are acceptable to participate in, Vacation log for each student, Large space for bulletin board paper

Vacation Physical Activity Log

The last day before Christmas vacation I hand out an Activity Log for the students to fill out during their vacation. I have three columns. One column for every day of the vacation, one for the type of physical activity the student partook in, and one for the parent/guardian signature. The parent/guardian signature is to ensure as best we can the student actually performs the activity. It is also hoped that the parents and/or guardians get involved in the activities with their child as well. The students have to return the signed logs to me upon return from vacation.

If the student chooses to exercise over vacation at least 8 days or more, the student gets to sign a bulletin board paper that says "I chose to be active during vacation". Some activities I mention that are acceptable: curl-ups, push-ups, jogging, walking, jumping rope, bike riding, stretching, sport practices, tag games, one on one basketball, roller blading, roller skating, shoveling snow, etc.

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Posted on PEC: 10/9/2001 and has received 80 votes.

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