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Legs & Feet

Lessons on the fundamentals of leg movement also increase body awareness and control.

While running may seem an innate skill, there are six fundamentals of leg movement that elementary school runners should explore. Do not worry about having kids perfect these movements. Focus on increasing their body awareness and control, as well as developing their appreciation of efficient, purposeful movement. Learning how to move skillfully can be fun!
View the Form 101: Leg Movements video for the six key components of the running stride for elementary students.

Lesson Plans

Springy Feet

Helpful for kids who tend to land on their heels or toes, these exercises show how to land on the midfoot

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Monster Steps

Students explore different stride lengths to avoid over-striding and under-striding

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High Knees

Students strengthen muscles that help them lift their knees, leading to a naturally longer stride

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Tight Rope

Promotes balance and stability while developing power in the hip extensors as students walk the "Tight Rope"

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Foot Fire

Students to run on the ball of the foot as they lift and lower feet quickly while standing on a "hot stove"

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Bricks and Feathers

Students experience how it feels to run "light as a feather" versus loaded down by a "ton of bricks"

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