NAME OF ACTIVITY: Caterpillar
GRADE LEVEL: Any
EQUIPMENT: Mats for safety
HIGHLIGHTS: Cooperation, Forward Rolls,
INSTRUCTIONS: First, let me say that I
give students the option of attempting this activity and I let them know
that they should be fairly comfortable with a forward roll before
attempting. I use this is an advanced option to a forward roll,
therefore students who do not wish to attempt this version, may work on
their individual forward roll.
Personally, I do this with two teams so their is half
the wait time and I can make it competitive if I wish. I also do
this to separate boys and girls due to the nature of the activity.
Start by having each team for a single file line.
Now have each member take their right hand and pass it back through
their own legs. Now have each member take their left hand and hold
the right hand of the person in front of them. If this is done
correctly, you will have formed a chain with everyone's hands joined
(except the front person has a free left hand and the last person has a
free right hand.
Now that all players are ready, start the caterpillar
by having the first person do a forward roll, without letting go of any
hands. Once the roll is completed, I have the student sit criss
cross. The line will now work together to move up and the second
player will need to move over the seat first player. Once in front
of the first player, the second player will now do a forward roll
without letting go of any hands. Once completed, they too will sit
This continues until all players have moved forward and
completed their forward roll.
HELPFUL HINTS: I stress right away that
if anyone pulls up on the hand they are holding, they will be removed
from the game. Number 2, make sure the person behind the roller
pays attention as to not get kicked in the face. Number 3, I do
not panic if some students let go of hands to help with their forward
roll. Of course the idea is not to let go, but at least they are
in there trying. Number 4, I seperate the older kids into all boy
and all girl teams for obvious reasons (or if it is not obvious now, it
will be when you try it).
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