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NAME OF ACTIVITY: Electric Fence
GRADE LEVEL: 3-12
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: at least
2 standards, long piece of (surgical tubing, elastic) or a line of some
sort. ( I used a volleyball net once, but do not recommend it). Ideally, I find that surgical tubing is perfect as it is very
forgiving in case a student falls or trips. Mats
cooperation, teamwork, balance, upper and lower body strength.
INSTRUCTIONS: Personally, I
set this up in a corner of the gym so I can seal the corner in with two
standards, I run the surgical tubing between the poles from about 3 –5
ft depending on the grade level. I
also tie bells on the line, near the standards, so students can hear a
touch. IMPORTANT: if you tie
bells make sure they are near the standards, otherwise a student who falls
on the line, then gets up, will cause the line to snap back quickly
possibly hitting someone with the bells. (yes, I learned this from
Inside the fence I place a 8ft 4x4 (half a trolley) and several safety
mats. Make sure to talk about safety.
up, I tell my students the following story:
The Story – You are being held prisoner in side the
enemy compound. The only
thing keeping from escaping to the wonderful world of freedom, is this
10,000 volt electric fence. The
objective is for you and your entire group to reach freedom without anyone
becoming fried chicken. Unfortunately,
the wire and everything that it is touching is receiving the full 10,000
volts this includes the wire, the poles, the tires and the bleachers.
Furthermore, there is electric running from the wire to the floor
so you cannot go under, and there is electric running between the pole and
the wall, so you cannot go around. So
I am afraid to say that the only way out is over the fence. However, you do have a large chunk of wood that you have been
left. If you can find a way
to use it, it may aide in your escape.
Following are the rules:
Remember, to succeed, you must escape your entire group before become fried chicken!