Students deepen their understanding of pacing by attempting to run a given distance back and forth at the same pace
|Objectives||Students experiment with the key concept of pacing--running at an even, controlled pace. They test their skills by running along a course until you blow your whistle, then turning around and running back for the same amount of time, checking to see if they end up where they started.|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Prerequisite||This lesson is best introduced after students have experiences Animal Run which focuses on what it feels like to run at different speeds.|
|Time Required||5-10 minutes (including discussion)|
|Materials||A looped course where students are visible at all times (a quarter-mile track or other large area works best), whistle, stopwatch|
Watch Out and Back video below for a better understanding of how to conduct the activity. The video represents a more advanced version of the activity for older, more experienced runners, while the activity outlined below is designed for elementary school physical education classes, but the basis of the activity is the same.
What to watch for:
Direction cues to share with students:
Note: Only give a student one direction at a time.
When you've completed Out and Back, talk to your students about their experience with the activity. Here are some sample questions to get you started:
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