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Students improve upper body strength by doing push-ups. They practice synchronized movements they can do with a partner while in the push-up position.
Students improve upper body strength (push-ups). This can be used as part of a strength warm-up or as a fitness station.
Students move in general space using your chosen locomotor movement (i.e. walking, skipping, galloping, etc.) If tagged, students must place themselves in push up position, either on two hands and two feet with flat back and bottom on the floor.
In this writing skills learning exercise, students read the story Pushing Up the Sky and use the graphic organizer to convert the telling statement into a descriptive showing statement. Students list examples of the details from the story. Students then think of an event from a myth they have written and listing descriptive details that help show the readers the event. Students use their web to write a descriptive paragraph about the event.
First graders integrate math with an upper body movement exercise. Students practice the proper push-up position. The teacher spreads paper numbers in front of the students. (Begin with the numbers 1-9.) Students must "walk" in a push-up position to all of the numbers and re-arrange them in numerical order.
“A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up.” Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson three of 20 focuses on cardiovascular exercise and activities that get that heart pumping. There are quite a few activities to do in relay fashion. Then the class reviews and practices the thrust kick, the snap kick, and use of the kicking shield.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group is given some supplies to build a tower, the tallest free-standing tower they can build. After this activity, there is more review of the skills learned thus far: mini-salute, crane stance, cat stance, snap kick, thrust kick, and proper use of the kicking shield.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson one of 20 begins with a warm-up activity using a medicine ball to pass around as kids get to know each other’s names. This also gives the instructor time to go over rules and etiquette for the class. The main part of the lesson covers balance and the introduction of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. It’s worth taking a look at this entire unit.
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”—William James. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson four of 20 introduces several other styles of martial arts and a little bit of history about each one of them. The main part of the lesson introduces the mini salute, which is given out of respect to the instructor. Then the class practices their front kicks in several different ways: in combination, in the air, stationary using a kicking shield, and moving across the floor using a kicking shield.
“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”—Author Unknown. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 16 of 20 begins talking about calories. The class takes a look at menus from Burger King and McDonald's and uses Monopoly money to purchase the calories for their meal. Then they evaluate their purchase and what it means when just one meal has a high calorie count. After the health lesson, the class in introduced to a new skill: the back lion block.
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."—Father James Keller. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson plan 19 of 20 focuses on the class recognizing their peers for the positive qualities that each one of them brings to the group. The teambuilding exercise has them recognizing each individual's contributions. The martial arts portion of the lesson plan reviews the double jump kick and the back lion block. They also review all the stances, blocks, and kicks by playing Simon Says.
Getting young learners to do calisthenic-type exercises is not so fun, but connect it to a favorite card game and somehow the fun factor increases. Here, the calisthenic activities are connected to the game of UNO. Each color or type of card has the players doing a different type of calisthenic, such as: red card = push-ups, skip card = skip one lap around the gym. If you hand out a card to each participant, I would suggest having one person at a time show his card and having the whole class do that exercise all at the same time. Get out that pack of UNO cards and get those youngster exercising!
Eight short-answer questions and three graphs for student response are included in the worksheet. They'll read two dialogue-driven articles to assess if those speaking understand economics or not. They'll draw graphs to show what is being discussed. While the format of the worksheet is a little odd, it does incorporate real-life economics and critical thinking skills.
“A primary reason for communication is to reach UNDERSTANDING — not necessarily AGREEMENT.” Black Tiger Academy’s final martial arts lesson of 20 is bringing it all together to review what has been learned in the previous 19 lessons. They will form teams to play a review game testing their knowledge of terms, names of muscles, and anything else the teacher would like to check. Then they will review all the physical moves in martial arts that they have learned: stances, kicks, and blocks.
High utilization of capacity leads to a raise in prices. Salman Khan discusses competition and its effect on inflation.
”If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.”—Henry Ford. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson two of 20 continues with the class getting to know each other. There is review of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. The new skill introduced is the thrust kick. The kicking shield is brought out and the instructor demonstrates how to properly hold it. The class then has some practice kicking at it.
Middle schoolers participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. In this personal fitness lesson, students warm up and complete the required push-ups, sit-ups, running, and stretching exercises.
In this science review for grade 5 (5.2) worksheet, 5th graders answer 25 earth science questions in a standardized test format, including reading maps and diagrams.
There are eight separate dances to learn in this dance unit. Here are a few that are on the list: the Macarena, the twist, the Electric Slide, and the Chicken Dance. The class is taught a variety of line dances in this unit, and then they select which dance they would like to perform as their unit test dance. Each day's lesson has a warm-up activity and a closing activity. The steps are all written out for each dance that will be taught. This is a well written unit on dance. Check it out!
Second graders discuss benefits of keeping physically fit, predict effects of exercise on their bodies, perform various exercises correctly, including push-up, curl-up, and jumping jack, discuss and follow safety practices while exercising, and describe how participation in physical activity makes them feel.