Warming Up and Cooling Down Teacher Resources

Make pulled muscles a thing of the past with these warm up and cool down activities.
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Warm-up and Cool-down Activities

For Teachers K - 5th
What fun! Try out some of these PE warm-up and cool-down activities with your youngsters. Find several ideas written out along with tips to designing an effective warm-up or cool-down with elementary schoolers. 
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Warm Ups & Cool Downs for Children

For Teachers K - 5th
What makes an effective warm-up and cool-down activity? as well as tips for leading stretches. Find detailed activity plans, as well as tips for leading stretches, for elementary school, tag-based games (including one game called "Toilet...
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British Warm-Up Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
British warm-up tag is a team dodgeball game. One ball, two teams. Run away from the person who has the ball in his hand to avoid being hit by the ball and eliminated from the game.  If you have the ball in your hands, you may not move...
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Quick Warm Ups

For Teachers K - 6th
Here is a basic PE lesson that outlines ten different warm up games that you can utilize with your class to get them stretched out and ready for the primary activity. Some of these warm-ups could actually be used as a primary PE game for...
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Get Ready/Burns' Warm Up

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students in P.E. class organize into squads. Displayed on a computer screen are a given set of warm-up exercises. Each squad runs up, reads the directions, completes the warm-up and then runs back up to read another set of directions,...
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Get Ready/Burns' Warm Up

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils participate in computer generated warm up activities. Working in small groups, they read the activity on the computer screen located at their station. Each group completes the activity in the allotted amount of time and moves on...
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Hip-Hop Warm Up Dance

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils in a middle elementary physical education class participate in a warm-up activity in which they perform several hip-hop dance moves. They do the mountain climber, the coffee grinder, the seat spin, and others. They even come up...
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High Five Dance Warm Up

For Teachers K - 5th
Students participate in a variety of warm ups. In groups, they form a circle and only perform their dance when their number is called. While completing their dance, they give each other high fives. To end the instructional activity, they...
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Cranium Cool Down

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students cool down from physical activity and to reinforce the location of bones.
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ntegrated Warm Up - The Bridges of Portland

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students warm up in a fun and stimulating way. They demonstrate understanding of cues words from teacher by simulating bridges. They replace the flags on top of the Freemont bridge by jumping up, grabbing the flags, and saying "Whew!"...
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Innovative Warm-ups

For Teachers K - 5th
Students participate in a variety of warm-up activities in their physical education class. They shake, bend and stretch.
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Broken Heart Station Warm Up

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are divided into six groups which be your six stations for this activity. On the teachers signal, students work together to assemble a heart puzzle that is scattered on the floor.
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10 Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Indoor Recess and PE

For Teachers K - 6th
Don't let the rain and snow put a damper on your PE lessons. This collection of indoor activities is a perfect way to keep students active regardless of the weather outside.
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I See: A Warm-up Exercise

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students spread out in the gymnasium, facing you. You will say, "I see". Your students will reply "What do you see?" (Make sure they all say this in unison; the students love this part!) Then the teacher will say what they see (ex. I see...
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Knights of the Round Relay (Warm-Up)

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a warm up activity that can be used before performing a physical activity. The instructional activity can be modified for older students, but appears to be ideal for elementary school.
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Mouse...Mouse...Snake!

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Use this activity as an anticipatory set to warm up for a lesson on predator/prey relationships. Pupils will play a round of "Duck, Duck, Goose," substituting the ducks and geese for two animals that have a predator/prey relationship....
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Fitness Points

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are given an index card with a warm-up on it for them to complete when they enter the classroom. Individually, they are placed around the room in which they complete the warm-up and assigned a total point value. To end the...
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Cranium Cool Down

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students cool down from physical activity and practice an activity to reinforce the locations of our bones. At the end of PE class students stand or sit in small group and sing and touch bones to the song "Macarena". The teacher can...
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Video Lesson

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Hats off to Barry for a great idea. He teaches Adapted PE to elementary school children, and when he is absent they often don't get to have PE. So he came up with this great plan to videotape short lessons that his pupils could follow,...
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PTO Meeting/Gym Show

For Teachers K - 1st
A great idea to showcase the elementary school PE programs! A demonstration in front of the PTO and a way to get parents to come to the meeting because their child is performing. Highlight what your school is doing to promote healthy...
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Army and Navy

For Students 2nd - 8th
Youngsters follow commands in a warm-up game. When Army is shouted out, players run to one side of the gym. When they hear Navy, players run to the other side of the gym. If hit the deck is called out, the class lays on the floor, and...
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Volleyball

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Before coaching or beginning your next PE unit on volleyball, take a look at this 30-lesson unit that offers instructional techniques for each lesson, as well as warm-up activities, set inductions, and suggested coaching refinements.
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Memory Zap

For Teachers K - 6th
Are you faced with rainy day recess or in need of an end-of-the-day activity? This game is easy to explain and will give your youngsters the opportunity to get some activity in by calmly moving around the classroom. It will also help...
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Health/PE: Protocols

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine protocols that should be used in a typical physical education class.

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