QR Jump Rope Cards

QR Code Jump Rope Cards

Last year, I taught jump rope units to my students as part of our standards-based physical education curriculum. SHAPE America outlines a variety of jump rope-based outcomes in their National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education document.

Here are the ones we focused on in my units:

Grade One:

  • Jumps forward or backward consecutively using a self-turned rope. (S1.E27.1a)
  • Jumps a long rope up to 5 times consecutively with teacher-assisted turning. (S1.E27.1b)

Grade Two:

  • Jumps a self-turned rope consecutively forward or backward with a mature pattern. (S1.E27.2a)
  • Jumps a long rope 5 times consecutively with student turners. (S1.E27.2b)

Grade Three:

  • Performs intermediate jump-rope skills (e.g., a variety of tricks, running in/ out of long rope) for both long and short ropes. (S1.E27.3)

Jump rope is one of those skills where some kids struggle for a while and other kids excel really fast (actually, that sounds like every skill in #physed!) I quickly realized that I needed to set up a system that would allow my students to work independently and at their own level. I wanted something that would allow them to select the right amount of challenge for themselves and help them set goals for themselves. Most importantly, I wanted something that could maximize participation time by reducing the amount of whole-class instruction I had to provide within the lessons.

That’s when I remembered a resource I had seen earlier in my career and decided to recreate it for my students: the Jump Rope Ladder.

The Jump Rope Ladder

The Jump Rope Ladder is a visual I created for my gym that lists a variety of jump rope skills in increasing levels of difficulty. Starting from the bottom, students attempt to master the most basic skills before moving their way up the ladder.

Jump Rope Ladder Breakdown

As a class, we explore each of the skills and determine what mastery would look like (these definitions have a tendency to change throughout the unit, which is why I laminate my poster and write over it with dry erase markers).

Jump Rope Ladder Mastery

You can download the jump rope ladder for free on the Visuals page.

The QR Jump Rope Cards

To complement the Jump Rope Ladder, I created a series of super basic, kind of ugly cards with stickmen illustrating each skill. This year, I went all out and created an awesome series of 15 jump rope skill cards (I’m super pumped with how they turned out!) I spent a bunch of time editing each card to make it easy to understand what the skill looks like in action.

QR Jump Rope CardsAlthough the images also had corresponding text, nothing beats actually seeing a skill in action. That being said, I decided to add a QR code to each card that links to a video of me performing the skill. Students simply scan the QR code using a mobile device’s QR code scanning app and the app will jump them right to the video! Here’s an example of what the videos look like:

If you’d like to try the QR Jump Rope Cards in your teaching, I’ve made them available for purchase in the Shop at a teacher-friendly price (I am a teacher after all and am fully aware of what working on a teacher’s budget feels like!)

I hope your students enjoy these resources as much as mine have!

Thanks in advance for your support and happy teaching!

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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