Mini Boot Camp
Basic exercises, including running and jumping, benefit students of all ages. At the middle school level, getting everyone interested in completing these motions may be a challenge. By using a creative obstacle course, the exercise becomes a game.
Create an obstacle course using cones, tires, jump ropes and gym mats. Set up the course so that movement is variated between the obstacles. Begin the course with a section of cones for the students to run in between in an "S" motion. Place a jump rope at the end of the cones for the students to jump a determined amount of times. After the jumping, place a gym mat next in line for the students to Army crawl, using their arms to drag themselves. At the end of the mat, the students perform a given amount of jumping jacks. Set up the tires for a students to run through, placing a foot in each tire. At the end of the tires, have the students do a given amount of squats. Plan for the students to do a straight run back to the beginning.
Your actual obstacle course can vary, but the combination of movements is important for an overall exercise experience.
Time each person going through the course. Encourage speed. The waiting students will enjoy watching their classmates as they try to quickly jump rope and do the Army crawl.
Evaluate the students' performances by comparing times and effort observed. The only unsuccessful students are those who do not complete, or complete excessively slowly in comparison to other students at their ability level.
Whatever you select, keep it creative to keep their attention.