Like a car going through the gears, kids get to see how their form changes while slowing or increasing speed
|Objectives||10 Seconds and Counting helps students practice accelerating as they run. As they accelerate in the second half of a run, they will notice what changes they make to switch from jogging to sprinting. This activity lets students experience the pleasure of running fast.|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Prerequisite||This lesson should be taught later in the progression so students have had a chance to grasp proper running form and pacing. In particular, conduct these two activities before teaching this lesson: conduct Monster Steps to help students get the feel for their optimal stride length and Animal Run so students are familiar with different running speeds.|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Materials||Whistle, a long straightaway, if possible|
What to watch for:
Direction cues to share with students:
Note: Only give a student one direction at a time.
When you've tried 10 Seconds and Counting once or twice, 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.