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Jump Rope For Health and Literature

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning

Time Frame:
10 class periods that run 30 minutes each.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Students will use their skills in Languague Arts to learn and recite a Jump Rope Poem/Song individually. They will be asked to recite, verbatim, the poem to the class and then perform it in a jump rope routine.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Health Education - 5th Grade
Standard 6 Objective 4

Participate in a physical activity that is enjoyable and fosters confidence. (PE)


  • Jump ropes (long ropes)
  • Books of Songs/Poems
  • CD player
    CD of songs
  • "Ready, Set, Jump!" video available from the American Heart Association (optional)
  • T.V. and VCR

Background For Teachers:
Teachers need to have of selection of jump rope poems for students to choose from. Teachers may also let students find their own poem by looking on the Internet etc. Teachers may view video if desired for classroom instruction.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students need to know basic jump rope skills and skills in reciting memorized material verbatim. Students will need to turn the long rope.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn how to memorize and recite text. Students will develop strength and endurance by jump roping.

Instructional Procedures:
During Language Arts time students will begin to locate and choose a poem to memorize, recite to the class and perform while jumping the rope. During the P.E. class time, students will begin to practice in groups of 3 or 4 how to turn a long rope or turn a double dutch rope. Students will also practice running in and out of a jump rope that is being turned. When students begin to memorize the poems, they will also practice reciting the poem while jump roping during P.E. time. At the end of 10 class times, students will recite their memorized poem in front of the class during Language Arts time and then perform their routine during P.E. time.

Individual students may choose more poems and put together their own routine.

Assessment Plan:
Students will be assessed on their ability to memorize and recite their poem verbatim. Students will also be assessed on their jump rope ability.


Cole, Joanna, Anna Banana, 101 Jump-rope Rhymes, Scholastic, 1989. ISBN 0-590-44846-3.
American Heart Association
Ready, Set, Jump! Video, Music and Guide for teaching basic jump rope skills, American Heart Association Youth Marketing Director, Jill Vath, email


Created Date :
Jul 01 2002 11:52 AM