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Lauren Yost from Kernersville, NC has a fun and silly group cooperation cool-down to round out a good day in the gym.

“This next activity is a cool-down and it’s funny. You’re allowed to laugh. You really need to work together to make this work.” The teacher will show the students exactly how to perform the activity. The object is this game is to be the first group to travel to the opposite sideline and back.

CLASS SETUP The goal of this activity is to get your entire group standing in the hula hoop and shuffle-step the hoop from one side of the gym to the other. All six teams start behind a designated restraining line.

HOW WE DO IT Here are the rules to this activity:
- On the teacher’s signal, each group starts to shuffle their feet as they move forward.
- The hula hoop must be in contact with the floor at all times.
- If a student places a foot outside of the hula-hoop, there is a 3-second penalty.
- If the teacher sees it, she will count it, but the group can also count to 3 themselves (ex: “1-one thousand, 2-one thousand, 3- one thousand”).

Our Physical Education program has a strong focus on cooperation. We believe that cooperation helps to increase our students’ social skills, confidence, and self- esteem which reflect in all other aspects of life.
Students who are confident seem to be comfortable with themselves, can make mistakes, and think “outside the box.”

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