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Teacher: Katie Mulloy who teaches at Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Waukesha, WI. Katie Mulloy can be contacted at ckmulloy@gmail.com.

Name of Best Practice: OctoberFIT Spooktacular

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To encourage students and their families to exercise and be active at home.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Materials Needed: Challenge Sheet (Word Document | PDF), Certificate (Word Document | PDF), Various prizes (optional)

OctoberFIT Spooktacular

This idea allows you to challenge your students or school to participate in a month's worth of fitness activities at home. One of my struggles as a PE teacher is figuring out how to bridge the gap from physical activity in physical education class to getting kids to be active at home with their families. Using this idea has really helped me to do that as it allows you to present your students with a monthly fitness challenge with built-in incentives (small raffle prizes) to encourage student participation throughout the whole month. Students get excited to exercise outside of school, parents can make it a family activity, and the exercises are easy to do at home for all fitness levels.

Variations:

Plug in different exercises, physical activities, and/or words from month to month to create new challenges and themes that fit the needs/wants of your physical education program and goals. The options are endless with this kind of fitness challenge set-up.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Communicating the rules/expectations of the challenge to students and families is key to its success. I suggest starting with exercises or activities that your students participate in during physical education class so they know how to perform the activities correctly and safely. Also, provide a "how to" exercise resource for families so they can help lead their children and perform the exercises along with their student. For example, post the directions to your school webpage, email parents to inform them of the challenge, and explain in detail to your students showing passion and excitement. Most of all, make it achievable for all students.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Fitness challenge exercises can be adapted for any and all students with disabilities to participate. Just change the exercises to suit a studentís needs and they can participate as able.

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Posted on PEC: 9/26/2016 and has received 13 votes.

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Vicky Lacey

If you go to AAHPERD.org they have a teacher tool box that prints an exercise calendar every month

Jenny Byrne

Love it! Do you do this every month? Any other colanders you'd be willing to share?


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