Note: 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.

Preparation:

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 routine.

1. Stretch comfortably and stop if it hurts.

2. No bouncing during stretching, ease into the stretching stance.

3. No 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.

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