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Fitness Challenge

For Students K - 12th
Don't be a couch potato! Get up and moving with a February 2018 calendar that suggests daily exercises that will get your feet walking and your heart pumping. There's even a special challenge for Super Bowl Sunday.
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Dinosaur Prowl

For Students 2nd - 5th
Prowl like a dinosaur! Choose several students to be the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs with dodge balls are the taggers, and the Triceratops on the scooters are the freers. As the other players are tagged with balls, the Triceratops scoot...
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Dead Ant Tag

For Students K - 5th
Tag, you're a dead ant! Players run around the playing area and runs from the taggers. If a player gets tagged, then they must lay on the ground with their arms and legs in the air. To get back into the game, four people must touch the...
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CandyCane Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a tagger. The rest of the class runs around the gym. If a runner is tagged, they must freeze and stand in the shape of a candy cane. To get back into the game, another runner must run underneath the arch of the candy cane.
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Snowflakes

For Students K - 4th
First choose three people to be taggers, and two players to be freers. Give each tagger a white foam ball, and give each freer a yellow ball. The rest of the class runs around the playing area. If a runner is tagged with a white ball,...
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Gingerbread Man Tag

For Students K - 5th
After choosing a chef, aka the tagger, have the rest of the class lay out on the previously set up exercise mats. These players are the gingerbread men. Players run to another mat on the chef's command, aiming not to get tagged. If a...
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Santa Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a class member to be the Santa. Everyone else is a reindeer and spreads out around the gym. Santa's objective for the game is to tag the others so he can round up his reindeer. When a reindeer is tagged, they must step out of the...
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Knock'em Downers and Pick'em Uppers

For Students K - 4th
Set up several cones, pylons, or pins around the gym floor. Split that class into two equal groups. Assign one team as the knock'em downers and the other team as the pick'em uppers. Each team does exactly what their name implies....
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Hop, Skip, Gallop

For Students K - 4th
Begin by having the class line up on one end of the gym floor. Ask the class what is the easiest way to get from one side of the gym to the other. Obviously, by walking. So together they walk across to the other side of the gym. The...
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Strikeball

For Students K - 8th
Groups form a circle with each person's feet spread shoulder width apart and touching the person's next to them. Drop a ball in the middle of the circle. The object of the game is for players to keep the ball from leaving the circle...
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Commandos

For Students 1st - 8th
First create a starting line and ending line in the gym. After divvying up the class into equal teams, each team lines up in a straight row behind the starting point. Each player is lined up behind the other on their team. When you yell...
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The Video Camera Game

For Teachers K - 5th
Implement a fun game at the start of your next physical education class to warm-up the class' bodies. Call out video-editing terms to signal a particular tasks such as walking, running, jumping and more!   
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Field Hunters

For Teachers K - 6th
Warm up a physical education class with a game of Field Hunters. Participants scour a field to collect as many objects as they can in a limited amount of time. 
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The Reaction Game

For Students K - 6th
Put learners into equal groups with a cone in the middle of each group. Start by calling out a command, whether its touching the nose or toes, balancing on one foot, jump around, doing arm circles, etc. Then, when the students hear "GO!"...
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The Number Game

For Students K - 6th
With the entire class spread around the playing area, set a timer and have kids run, skip, hop, or jump around the area. When the timer stops, yell out a number. The students must form a group of that number, and whomever doesn't have a...
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Steal the Ball

For Students 2nd - 8th
Put all the balls (same type of ball) in the middle of the basketball court. One person from each team must run to the center of the court and bring back the ball to their team's hula hoop. If using soccer balls, players must dribble;...
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Mystery Tag

For Students 2nd - 8th
When the chosen person yells "Face the wall!" everyone on the opposite end faces the wall while the tagger counts down from five and hides behind an exercise mat. When the tagger gets to zero, everyone runs across the gym to the other...
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Fitness Relays

For Students K - 8th
After separating the class into equal teams, the first player in each line runs to the opposite end of the gym to the fitness mat. Then, they do a certain number of reps of a certain exercise
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Fitness Ball Run

For Students 2nd - 8th
Think back-to-front sprints with a ball! Pupils jog around in a straight line while carrying a ball. The leader in the line passes the ball back to the person behind them and so on and so forth until it gets to the last person in the...
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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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Designing your gym class

For Teachers K - 5th
Get the scoop on designing your own gym class with a lesson written by a passionate physical education teacher who details their best practices from setting up the room, to the first day of class, to how to spend the teaching day. 
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Top 8 Exercises for Autism Fitness

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Create an inclusive physical education program with help from eight exercises designed to met of the needs of children with autism. Activities include ball work, hurdles, bear crawls, resistance bands, star jumps, and the Scramble. 
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The Cat in the Hat

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Add a touch of Seuss-themed whimsy to subjects—English language arts, science, P.E., and character education—with a series of activities deigned to reinforce concepts and boost young scholars' comprehension of Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat....
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The Foot Book

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Left or right? Bear track or deer track? Learn about all kinds of feet, in addition to animals and measurement, in a resource that makes math, science, art, and English language arts connections. A perfect addition to your Read Across...