I’ve just started a new unit on Track and Field with my Kindergartners and used this cool tune-in activity thanks to some Professional Development my colleagues just returned from with @andyvasily and @fizzicalEd in Nanjing, China. They were lucky enough to spend a day watching these 2 innovators team teaching then another day picking their brains.
After watching a short youtube clip (http://tinyurl.com/mcojbxa) and brainstorming what we already knew we were able to separate Track and Field into 3 distinct areas; Running, Jumping and Throwing. After discussing the different running events we decided that we would learn about sprinting (whew, I was worried that they might choose to focus on the 10K or the marathon!).
We talked about what was the fastest animal on earth and who was the fastest man/woman. We googled Usain Bolt and found a great video of him setting the world record in 2010. We made a quick list of all the things we could do in/for 9.58 seconds (hold a balance, hold our breath, bounce a ball etc) then we went outside to the track.
First, we walked from the start to the end of the 100m to get a feel for the distance. Next they set their water bottles down where they thought they would be able to run to in 9.58 seconds before making their first attempt. They then adjusted their guess before making another attempt. We talked about why everyone wasn’t stopping at the same place and this leads beautifully into our next lesson… How do we run faster?!?!
A really fun, and engaging tuning in activity that got all of the Kindergartners excited about sprinting and thinking about what they can do to run faster!! Thanks Andy and Rob for the inspiration!!!