Preparation and Materials
This PE lesson plan requires a little preparation. Each student will need a folder with the handout you have chosen in order to participate in these running games for children. There are three handouts available for this running lesson plan: Treasure Chest Fitness, Run Across the Country and Running is Fun.
Treasure Chest Fitness is a personal mileage chart so students can compete against themselves to complete a goal of ten miles.
Younger elementary students can use the Running Is Fun worksheet. This chart does not rely on distance run, only if they run on one particular day.
If you are interested in starting a running club, the Run Across the Country chart can be used year long with a group. It could be completed as a class, as a grade or as a school. Students complete runs on their own time, using a mileage-marked course. They turn in the mileage to be counted toward an ambitious 3,000 across the country goal.
Aside from the worksheet chosen, you will need bean bags, one for each child, and papers with exercises written on them for the circuit running activity.
It is helpful if you are going to use the mileage program, to mark off 100 m, 200 m, and so on before class. If this can also be marked off outside in the schools recess area, all the better. Allowing the kids running time on these marked courses during recess or at the start or end of gym class is a good way to incorporate more exercise while they work toward their goals.