Fun movements to help young athletes prepare their bodies for running
Students learn a series of stretches for cooling down after running.
Tags: elementary school
|Objective||This activity is designed to help your students learn how to cool down after running. They’ll go through a series of stretching movements that will cool down their entire body and will prepare them to transition into post-running activity.|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Time Required||5–10 minutes (including discussion)|
Watch the Cool It video below.
Tell the students you are going to lead them through a cool-down activity, to bring down their heart rate and bring their bodies down to a resting state—sort of like a jet cooling its engines after landing.
What to watch for:
Direction cues to share with students:
Note: Only give a student one direction at a time.
When you’ve completed Cool Down, talk to your students about their experience with the activity. Here are some sample questions to get you started:
Classrooms are filled with learners who demonstrate a variety of needs and abilities, including ESL students, those with disabilities, and gifted/talented students. Consider these adaptations as you work to modify the lesson for student success.