QR Code Jump Rope Cards
by Joey Feith
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:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
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).
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.
Although 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!
September 12, 2018
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