Students explore different stride lengths to avoid over-striding and under-striding
|Objectives||Students explore different stride lengths as they learn how to avoid over-striding and under-striding. They try running with monster steps, then baby steps, and finally with some that are just right.|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Materials||Stopwatch or watch with a second hand, roster and pen to record times|
Learn how to teach kids to use good stride lengths by watching the Form 101: Leg Movements video and by reading the “Assess the students” section below to know what to watch for and how to correct mistakes.
What to watch for during the normal stride:
What to watch for during exaggerated strides:
Note: Sometimes kids may run faster with big steps in this short trial (particularly if their stride isn't exaggerated enough). Emphasize that running with steps that are too long can put a lot of stress on your bones, which can sometimes lead to injuries. It also takes more work, so you tire faster.
Direction cues to share with students:
Note: Only give a student one direction at a time.
Talk with your students after they’ve completed Monster Steps. Sample questions might include:
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