Note to Teacher:You may want to consult a physical education
teacher or a certified fitness instructor at a local community center to help
develop or supervise a simple stretching routine for the students.
Remind students of the three rules
of stretching before beginning the routine. Make a poster of these rules so
that you may refer to it when reviewing the rules of stretching and during the
comfortably and stop if it hurts.
bouncing during stretching, ease into the stretching stance.
competing against others to see who can bend or stretch more.
Students can use floor mats/carpet
squares or students can position themselves an arm’s length apart on the floor.
The stretching routine can be done
in the morning, between subjects or at breaks throughout the day.
To promote an understanding of
anatomy, have students name the muscles or muscle groups that are stretched
during the routine.
•Carpet squares or floor mats
and reach for toes. (20 seconds)
and reach for the ceiling.(20
circles. (20 seconds)
arms straight out, alternate between making a tight fist and spreading
fingers with a flat palm.(20
right ankle behind back. (20 seconds)
left ankle behind back.(20
down with legs straight out and reach for toes. (20 seconds)
down with legs spread apart and reach forward.(20 seconds)
down with legs spread apart and reach toward right ankle.(20 seconds)
down with legs spread apart and reach toward left ankle.(20 seconds)