Week 3 Running April 20, 2020

An Opportunity for all!

Week 3: April 20, 2020

Skill of the week: Running (again I know!…but a big part of successful physical activity)

  1. Giant steps will help lengthen stride length. Exaggerate the marching step by using small blocks or objects to step over and use hula hoops to step into, gradually moving them farther apart. Alternate stepping over and stepping to hoops. Or chalk marks or something they can see or feel safely.
  2. Backward running is a good way to increase the flexibility needed for efficient running by promoting lifting the feet and knees. Start by walking and progress to slow running backward. Knee lift doesn’t have to be high but must allow feet to plant on the balls of the feet and not shuffle.

This week we want to increase the speed and add continue to use the earlier movements of fast feet marching, and butt kicks we introduced.

Use the same Teaching points- light on the feet, land on the balls of the feet, keep head up don’t look at the floor (it doesn’t move!) do a time progression over the week.

Arms should swing slightly right knee up left arm forward (bent at elbow with the thumb sliding by your hip and in an upward arc.

*Continue to keep up the marching drills and other drills as well!

Game of the week: Can Game

(from Games for People with Sensory Impairments by Lauren Liebermann)

Here is a chance to use the hula hoops and bean bags together by practicing throwing overhand and underhand to a target. The targets are empty pop cans or similar items in a hula hoop. Help identify the target by using sound or a light source if that works for your student.
Vary the size and number to make it easier or harder depending on the skill.
Vary the distance you throw from.
Try placing a barrier between so they have to elevate the throw.

Equipment of the week: Frisbees

Frisbees come in all sorts of sizes and material. Learning to throw a frisbee is a lifelong skill that can be used by all at any age. There are soft foam ones, large ones, some with whistles, colourful ones and easily held ones. Plastic or paper plates can be used. A frisbee can be tossed, stepped on or used as target. They can be steppingstones or large pucks for hockey. They can be used to carry items in a relay or to play frisbee golf using hula hoops as a target.

Websites of the week

These are two websites I have found useful. One is from Alberta and one from British Columbia.

The Alberta education site has some other links as well.

BC Athletics Run Jump Throw Wheel program
This a weekly program that incorporates many activities that relate to fundamental movement skills. It is very adaptable to the student population we work with. Many of the materials it uses are available or easy to make.

Please contact us with any questions or suggestions for resources to add to this program.

You can download the above information as a pdf
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