Students experience how it feels to run "light as a feather" versus loaded down by a "ton of bricks"
|Objectives||Students alternate between running heavily on their feet (with "bricks on their backs") and lightly (with "feathers on their backs"). They experience how landing lightly on the balls of their feet is preferable to heavy pounding. The activity also promotes overall good running form.|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Time Required||15 minutes|
What to watch for during the “bricks” phase:
What to watch for during the “feathers” phase:
Direction cues to share with students:
(Going forward, the last two can be used any time you see students running with heavy, pounding steps.)
Note: Only give a student one direction at a time.
When you've completed Bricks and Feathers, talk to your students about their experience with the activity. Here are some sample questions to get you started:
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