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Students take a “trip to the park” in this applied movement story
P.E. & Health
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Title – A Vist to the Park – An Applied Movement Story
By – Mohammed Asim Ghazi
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – K- 5
Purpose of teaching the story:
- Physical: developing elements of speed, agility and strength
- Knowledge: knowing traffic signals
- Emotional: cooperation and punctuality
- For a fun exercise session, have your children act out an imaginary field trip to a park, as you tell the following story and model the movements:
- “Every child will bring a bag of supplies for the trip (pantomime holding a bag with both hands).”
- “The car/bus/van will leave at exactly ten o’clock; every child must be ready and on-time. It is now 10 o’clock. All the children are ready. Ready?” (Show your hands in the ten o’clock position.)
- Skills: standing and walking, then running and jogging, then winding down.
- “Get ready! (Stand with arms at your side.) The van will move slowly at first (walk) and then we put the van to work (jogging). Keep right and slow down to observe the traffic lights.”
- “Warning, red light up ahead! Slow down (walk) and stop (stop)! Now start slowly again (walk). We are coming on a stretch of green lights, so we can now move quickly (jog). Warning, we see a sign ahead with a arrow pointing this way (pantomine a right turn arrow with your arm and hand). Turn to the right (face right, jogging in place). Look there is a left turn sign. Quickly turn left (turn left)!
- Look an orange light! Slow down and look both ways (walk). Is it safe? Then keep going a little farther. Look the park is ahead. Time to ‘park’ the van (stop)!”
- Skills: while standing – lift arms high, bend at the middle and touch the ground, forward arm pushing movement and high jumping.
- “Come on children, we have come to the park. Time to take your bag down from the top of the van. Raise your hands high (lift arms high). Grab your bag. Now put the bag on the ground (touch ground). Now help your neighbor bring their bag down (students pairs reach up, face each other, and bring the ‘bag’ down to the ground together at the same time).”
- “Come everyone, let’s go in the garden (walk in place). Look at all the trees. They are so high (raise arms high and sway right and left). Look at them sway right and left. Come on children, sway your arms right and left.”
- “Look, some of the trees have lost their leaves.” (Pantomine falling leaves by wiggling fingers slowly to the ground while bending at the waist. Repeat three times.)
- “Let’s pick up the leaves and put them in the baskets (act this out).”
- “Come on, children. It is now twelve o’clock (both arms over head with hands touching). Let us go back.”
- “Each child picks up and carries his bag. Now raise your bag and throw it on top of the van. Everyone in place (jump up and pretend throwing the bag like a basketball into a hoop).”
- “Oh, no! The car is broken. It will not go. Let’s push it forward (repeat a forward arm pushing movement). Let’s cooperate, push strongly forward. Strongly! Hold it! Great!”
- Take your places. The car is going (walk), gaining speed (walk faster), more speed (faster) and now we are back at school (walk slower) and parked again (stop).
- The ability to notice objects in nature
- Child learns that self-reliance is linked to movements and that exercise is natural
- Development of cooperation between students
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