Parkour is a great way to get students active with their surroundings inside or outside, and to get them excited about taking safe risks and enjoying movement.
This can be a lesson, a unit, or if you need a day devoted to purely fitness, using your gyms wrestling room or outside area, this can be a fun way for students to get their CREATIVE on!
What is Parkour?
Parkour is an art of movement in which you train the body and mind to overcome obstacles.
It emphasizes strength, flexibility, balance, body control, creativity, fluidiyt, discipline, and precision.
Parkour movements include running, jumping, vaulting, climbing, balancing, and crawling.
Parkour training focuses on safety, responsibility, overcoming fear, and self-improvement.
Source: Apex Movement
Student Learning Targets:
I use four learning targets with my students throughout our Parkour unit and use a rubric to assess them on each.
I can show body control by the way I use agility on the course. Agility is the ability to change directions quickly.
I can show body control on the course by the way I maintain my balance.
I can show power by the way I jump vertically.
I can show coordination and use various parts of my body by the way I run, vault, climb and roll.
Once we've established and reviewed the learning targets, we move into the activity (sample below).
When teaching Parkour to my students, I first introduce various movements and have them practice each in 2-minute circuits. Next, I combine the circuits into a workout. Finally, I ask students to work in small groups to develop a parkour course or workout.
2-Minute Circuits for Practice
Jumps Drop and Roll Vaults Vertical Wall Runs Balance Hand Stands and Wall Stands
Combine the circuits to create a workout
Students move through on their own
Design A Course
Have students work with a small group to develop a parkour course Use the equipment provided without moving
Upon completion of the lesson, I use the below rubric to assess students on the learning targets as defined above.
Parkour Standards-Based Rubric/Assessment:
The student recalls and applies a range of skill and techniques, recalls and applies a range of strategy, and recalls and applies information to perform at a high level.
The student recalls and applies skill and techniques, recalls and applies strategy, and applies information to perform effectively.
The student recalls skill and techniques, recalls strategy, and applies information to perform.
The student rarely/never shows skill or techniques, does not show strategy, and rarely/never works for achieve success.