Fun, silly-seeming exercises to help young runners relax their facial muscles and in turn, relax their running.
Students learn to move with head held high and eyes looking forward—improving balance and increasing speed.
|Objective and overview:||Students learn how to “run tall” by first walking with a beanbag balanced on their heads. Then they run without the beanbag, using the same form that enabled them to keep the beanbag balanced while walking.|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Time Required:||20 minutes|
Beanbags (one per student if possible)
Cones to mark where students will run or walk to (optional)
What to watch for:
Direction cues to share with students:
Note: Only give a student one direction at a time.
When you've completed Running Tall, 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.