Skipping and Elastics
INTRODUCTION FOR TEACHERS
Read through each song or rhyme with the students before you begin the activities.
Ensure each student knows the sized rope that is ideal for them.
HOW TO MEASURE UP:
Students put handles together and a foot onto the middle of the rope, on the ground. The rope (excluding handles) should pull up to just under their arm pits. If the rope does not make the arm pits it is too small. If the rope extends past the arm pits, the rope is too long. Most ropes have coloured handles, which helps the students remember the size for them.
Use a whistle to stop students after 5 or 10 minutes. They rotate from one activity to the next and have a water break every second rotation.
The students would benefit from knowing these rhymes before they begin using them in skipping and elastics games. They could be incorporated into handwriting activities, circle reading sessions, reading comprehension activities, writing their own jingles, substituting words in the jingles or spelling activities a week before this lesson is attempted. If not they could be incorporated into the English program the following week after the lesson is taught.
It is recommended you set these activities up each morning for a week or attempt every second day over 2 or 3 weeks.
Skipping can be performed as single skippers or pairs with ropes linked or as a small group with a handle tied to a pole and the other end worked by a student or teacher. Set up each station well away from the others to ensure the students are not whipping each other. If you can’t find commercial elastics to use, just lengths of elastics tied into a knot will suffice.
A copy of each skipping rhyme enlarged to A3 and laminated to ensure they last for a few weeks.
A copy of each elastics activity with pictures of feet placement. Laminate these also.
BluTac to stick the posters to the walls or onto poles for students to read.
Skipping ropes – 4 large ropes and 2 elastics
or 3 large ropes and single ropes for 1 station and 2 elastics
or 2 large ropes and single ropes for 2 stations and 2 elastics
Each student bounces the ball with one hand only and sings the song, each word is a bounce. See how long they can last bouncing the ball.
Pasta, grains, fish and meat,
How many good foods can you eat?
(keep counting until they stop)
Saying no to soft drink is my new goal
It eats at my teeth and I don’t want the hole
Sugary drinks aren’t good I know
Water’s the best to help me grow