Continued, lessons 7-12
Grade 5 Fitness
Developing fitness requires a plan, realistic goals and motivation
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of training in developing and maintaining fitness
Identify and discuss changes that occur during puberty and their impact on well-being
Identify realistic goals and strategies to improve personal fitness
Analyse self-talk and use it constructively
Examine the complexity of their own evolving identities
When marking these open assessments, I’m looking for several things:
Creativity: Is it unique and engaging?
Application of knowledge: Are there elements of the lessons being presented?
Organization/logical presentation of ideas: Is it presented in a way that is logical and easy to read/view?
Key terms: Are our big ideas being presented?
You can find some reflections at the end of this lesson plan.
We reviewed some assessments and discussed areas of improvement but also success stories.
I did want to get into a bit more of the Identity outcome of self-talk since it does have a big impact of motivation. Therefore, we did a quick revisit of the Arthur story. I played it again to jog their memory. I asked the kids, “what was something motivating he said in this video?” He said at 3:08, “just because I can’t do it today, doesn’t mean I can do it someday.” With that in mind, I asked the kids what they think self-talk means and what type of self-talk there is.
Once they determined that there is positive and negative self-talk, I told them that they needed some extraordinary self-talk and motivation to get them through today’s 10-minute challenge: Footy Drops.
I learned this activity from my time interning with a Rugby League team in Sydney. You can see the video here. The students have 30s to complete one course, they have 30s rest and then repeat 5 times.
Once they completed the challenge, they were quite cooked, they continued with researching and programming for their fitness goals.
We started this lesson with a 10-minute challenge called, “Pairs of Pain.” It is a format I used during my Bootcamp, personal training days.
Get into pairs
Partner 1 is doing a cardio exercise, partner 2 is doing a muscular endurance exercise
Intervals can range from 30s-2 minutes.
I gave the students 2 rounds to become familiar with the format – 4 minutes. Afterwards, the kids got into their pairs and I gave them 5 minutes to choose exercises for the remaining 6 minutes of the 10-minute challenge.
When we completed that, I gathered the kids and inquired how everything is going and whether they feel they are getting fitter. I reminded them that we will be testing again in 3 lessons time. Their job for this lesson was to complete their program since next lesson will
With that in mind, they went off to complete writing and executing their program.
We started off the lesson with their next 10-minute challenge which is Tic Tac Toe Sprints. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmGq1_1UvOg
I split the kids into groups of 3 and 4
I had 3 games happening at the same time
Losing team has to do 5 burpees
Afterwards, I broke the kids into pairs. Partner one is the coach, the other is the athlete. The coach takes the athlete through their training program. After 10-15 minutes, they switched.
With 5 minutes left, we discussed the days lesson and found ways the coach or the athlete could improve.
We started of this lesson with another 10-minute challenge: The Deck of Death.
Deck of Death:
You’ll need an entire deck of cards, including jokers
Nominate 1 exercise for each of the 4 suits
Cards represent repetitions
You can choose any exercise you want but I did the following:
Clubs: Mountain Climbers
Jokers are wild cards, the student who gets the joker can nominate any exercise and any number of reps (within reason) and they are exempt from the exercise.
Throughout the entire activity the students are jogging up and down the field, no walking.
Afterwards, I gathered the kids and informed them that they will be a coach and athlete again but before heading out. We discussed their feedback from last lesson – areas for improvement. I asked them, “what is your role as a coach/athlete?”
With that in mind, the kids went off in pairs again to take each other through their programs.
We finished up the lesson by reviewing what we achieved in this unit so far. I told them that next lesson is testing and to determine whether they achieved their goal. I reminded them that positive self-talk is crucial to success and that they will need it to push them through the testing.
We started the lesson with a team run and some mobility work. No 10-minute challenge since they will be doing the 1600m run and the Sit and Reach test.
I reminded the kids that it is up to them whether they want to achieve their goal today.
With 5 minutes left of the lesson, I gave the kids their summative assessment:
Demonstrate your understanding of the principles of developing and maintaining fitness.
What is and how did you use self-talk?
Identify the key elements of being healthy.
Use any medium you want to show your understanding and creativity.
We did our usual warm-up and mobility work and then got stuck into the remainder of fitness testing.
The kids did really well, they were pushing themselves and even heard a few grunts to push out a few extra reps. Some students did give up too quickly, which is unfortunate but it is all a work in progress.
The students recorded their results and finished the lesson by completing their summative assessment.
You can find some final reflections below.
This unit was a lot of fun to teach – the students largely took care of themselves by researching, trying different exercises, motivating themselves and making their own plans. I would have liked to have touched more on the puberty side of things but we still got quite a lot done.