Becky Foellmer
Jul 6

Get Your Workout On! - Choose Your Own Workout


Edited: Jul 6

I wanted to create a longer choice workout, so here it is:

Students, working in small groups of 2 to 4 students with one device (Chromebook, iPad (iPads respond a bit slowly, so be sure to tell the kids to just tap once and pause-it will move forward), Windows device, tablet or Mac) choose a warmup, several activities for the main workout and a cool down. Along the way, the various components of fitness, both skill-related and health-related are utilized to support the teaching of those concepts.

  • I've included some music, that can be played by the teacher, on the first slide during the workout, if desired.

  • There are 2 timers on each slide that needs one so that if your school doesn't allow access to one of them, the other is available.

  • The timer makes a rather annoying noise at the end, so you may want to have students mute their devices, though I don't think they will be able to be heard in a gym anyway. I'm thinking that students will just keep doing the activity (jogging for example) until they come around to their device and see that the timer has stopped. (It doesn't have to be exactly 3 minutes.)

  • If you use the jump ropes, you can have an area designated for rope jumping away from where each group has their computer for safety of the devices, perhaps in the middle of the gym with devices around the outer edges.

  • This is designed to be approximately 20 - 30 minutes long if students are doing each activity correctly.


SHAPE National Standards addressed or introduced using this activity:

(note: just the 6th grade GLOs are listed here as an example of those that apply, but other other grade levels would have a similar list)

  • Describes how being physically active leads to a healthy body (S3.M1.6)

  • Describes the role of warm-ups and cool-downs before and after physical activity. (S3.M12.6)

  • Designs and implements a program of remediation for any areas of weakness based on the results of health-related fitness assessment. (S3.M15.6)

  • Maintains a physical activity log for at least two weeks and reflects on activity levels as documented in the log. (S3.M16.6)

  • Participates in a variety of aerobic-fitness activities using technology such as Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit. (S3.M4.6)

  • Identifies the components of skill-related fitness (S3.M7.6)

  • Sets and monitors a self-selected physical-activity goal for aerobic and/or muscle- and bone-strengthening activity based on current fitness level. (S3.M8.6)

  • Exhibits personal responsibility by using appropriate etiquette, demonstrating respect for facilities, and exhibiting safe behaviors. (S4.M1.6)

  • Identifies and uses appropriate strategies to self-reinforce positive fitness behaviors, such as self-talk. (S4.M2.6)

  • Demonstrates self-responsibility by implementing specific corrective feedback to improve performance. (S4.M3.6)

  • Accepts differences among classmates in physical development, maturation, and varying skill levels by providing encouragement and positive feedback. (S4.M4.6)

  • Cooperates with small group of classmates during adventure activities, game play, or team-building activities. (S4.M5.6)


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  • Becky Foellmer
    Sep 30

    It is very simple to use a QR code for students to access a GIF.  Just upload the GIFS to your Drive account and, from there, create the QR code. (If the GIFs you want to link to are already in Drive, you're good to go!) You do have to make sure that anything that you want others to access is set to "Anyone with the link can view". The easiest way to do that is to just create a folder and set the folder to “anyone with the link can view”. Then upload all your GIFs to that folder or if already in Drive drag into that folder. If you already have the GIFs in a folder, just set that folder as “anyone with the link can view” and it will, automatically set all files within correctly. One note: If you are using a school G-Suite account, there is a little trick to setting the files to "anyone with the link can view" if you want others outside of your organization to be able to view. Here's how: Once you have your GIFs set as "Anyone with the link can view", you can create the QR code. For example, here is a QR code to one of the GIFs in the GIF Collection. There are a couple of tricks you need to know for getting the QR code.   One is that after you open the GIF in Drive, you have to go to the "3 dots" in the upper right and choose "Open in New Window" (this is, also, necessary if the file you want to link to is a pdf).  THEN, you get the QR code.  If you are linking to a Docs, Slides or Sheets file, the QR code is created while you are on the file. (Just be careful with a Slides file because if you are on Slide 4 when you create the code, the code will open the presentation on Slide 4.) I use this extension to create my QR codes: (Just click "Add to Chrome" and it will appear in your toolbar to the right of where you enter web addresses.) Usually, I just screenshot the code when it comes up, but you can, also, click "Edit this QR code" under the code and it will go to a page where you can "right click" on the code and save it from there.   If you are creating quite a few codes, it's easiest just to put them in a Slides file so you can print them all at once.  One hint when adding several to a Slides file is to put a text box under each one to indicate what the code goes to or you risk getting your codes mixed up.
  • Becky Foellmer
    Sep 30

    I, often, am asked about creating GIFs. Many of the most prolific GIF-makers out there like to use various apps, such as IMGPlay. Personally, I like to simply use my iPad or iPhone to video what I want to GIF. Then, I go to and upload the video. (If you prefer to work on your GIF on a different device than the one you used to video it, I suggest just uploading to Drive (you'll need to install the free Drive app). I've found that to be the fastest, easiest way to get media off of an iDevice and onto a desktop or laptop. You can download from Drive once you are on your laptop/desktop machine.) Once I upload my video to ezgif, I can cut off any unwanted parts from the beginning or end of the video (if you don't want to cut anything, just be sure to play the video all the way through and set the "End time" by clicking "Use current position"). I can, also, do a number of additional things in EZGif such as crop, add text, speed up or slow it down (SUPER useful for all things physical!), etc. I, also, like this method because it allows you to video several actions at one time and then simply pull them apart once you upload the video. (Do be sure not to go too long because there is a file size upload limit. As you work with it you will learn how much you can do.) If you give GIFFING a go and have any questions, feel free to contact me!
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