Here are some games from Bud and Sue Turner’s new book Physical Education: Outside the Box! 3-8
Editor’s Note: This dynamic husband and wife duo have written six excellent books for physical education teachers over the past 25 or so years. Sue has been recognized for her outstanding teaching (Seattle Schools’ “Top 10 Teachers,” Washington Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Seattle Times’ “20 Most Influencial People in the Area of Fitness”), and dedication over her 36-year career. Bud is the former K-12 Physical Education and Health Supervisor for Seattle Public Schools. Among a variety of honors and recognitions, he is a former National Physical Education Administrator of the Year and a recipient of USA Today’s “Excellence Award.” We are pleased to share a few fun games and activities from their upcoming book with you at this time.
Directions: Have each student find a partner. During the first round, partner #1 will perform each of the ten activities while partner #2 records the results. Some of the tasks are recorded by time while others are recorded in distance. Each partner gets two chances per station (unless the directions state otherwise). Only the best score is counted. On the second round, the partners switch roles. Measure everything from the “Start/Finish” line.
Station #2 – Backward Standing Long Jump: Place your heels on the start line, bend arms, and jump backward. Use the yarkstick to measure the number of inches jumped. Mark the distance from the start line to where the toes land.
Station #3 – Backward Balance Beam Walk: Can you walk the balance beam from end to end without stepping off? Variations: Can you walk the balance beam while tossing and catching a scarf without stepping off?
Station #6 – Backward Rope Jumps: How many backward jumps can you complete in 60 seconds?
Station #7 – Backward Soccer Dribble: How long does it take to dribble a soccer ball between the eight cones down and back in a backward direction?
Station #8 – Backward Speed Rolls: How quickly can you do a series of backward rolls to cover the 10-foot distance?
Station #9 – Backward Scooter Race: How long does it take to move your scooter backward from the starting line to the finish line 50 feet away? Push using your feet while seated.