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Pacing

Pacing is a tough concept for kids this age so have fun exploring it with these lessons.

Elementary school kids are accustomed to activities based on short bursts of energy alternating with rest. Introduce them to the idea of pacing by exploring the basic concepts first. Pacing is a tough concept for kids this age so have fun exploring it with them without being concerned that they achieve command of the skills.
These lessons will let kids discover how it feels to run at different speeds, and what their body does to change speed. Kids will also distinguish between constant speed (running at a steady, consistent pace) and variable speed (running at a fluctuating pace).

Lesson Plans

Animal Run

By pretending to be different members of the animal kingdom, kids see how it feels to run at different paces

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In a Heartbeat

Students get in touch with the most important muscle of all—the heart—learning to take their pulse after exercise.

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The Centipede

Teamwork, endurance, and spurts of speed come into play in this baton-passing game

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Out and Back

Students deepen their understanding of pacing by attempting to run a given distance back and forth at the same pace

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What Is My Time?

Rather than seeing who can run the fastest, students see who has learned the most about measuring their pace

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