Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th grade)
Duration: 60 minutes
- Students will understand the concept of muscular strength and its importance in physical fitness.
- Students will engage in activities to develop and test their muscular strength.
- Projector and screen for videos
- Laptop or tablet for video playback
- Tug of war rope
- Cones for station setup
- Mats or exercise mats
Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin with a brief warm-up activity to get students’ blood flowing.
- Introduce the topic of muscular strength by asking students if they know what it means. Take a few responses and refer to the GIF above
- Explain the importance of muscular strength in daily life and sports.
Video 1: The P.E. Chef Explains Muscular Strength (5 minutes):
- Show an explanatory video featuring a “P.E. Chef” explaining what muscular strength is, its benefits, and how it relates to overall fitness.
Video 2: Eye of the Tiger Muscular Strength Boxing Circuit (10 minutes):
- Play a video of a high-intensity muscular strength boxing circuit set to “Eye of the Tiger.” Encourage students to pay attention to the exercises and techniques used to build muscular strength.
Whole Group Activity – Tug of War (15 minutes):
- Divide the class into two teams for a tug of war competition. This activity will help them apply their understanding of muscular strength in a fun and competitive way.
- Explain the rules, such as keeping a firm grip on the rope and pulling when the signal is given.
- Supervise and time the matches, allowing each team to have several rounds.
Station-Based Activities (15 minutes):
- Set up different muscular strength stations around the gym. Students will rotate through these stations, performing exercises that target various muscle groups. Here are some station ideas:
Stations in Video:
- Plank Agility Ladder Race
- Push Up Velcro Vest Game
- Battle Ropes
- Box Squats
- Collaborative Sit Ups
- Fireman Carry
Other Fit4Work Station Ideas
- Informal assessment through observation of students’ participation and engagement in activities.
- Reflection responses from students.
Cool Down and Reflection (5 minutes):
- Lead the class through a brief cool-down activity, such as stretching.
- Ask students to reflect on what they learned about muscular strength during the lesson and how they felt during the tug of war and station activities.
Note: Ensure that students use proper form and technique during all exercises to prevent injury. Provide modifications for students with different fitness levels or special needs, as necessary.