Gymnastics is a sport that includes exercises requiring balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and endurance. The movements involved in gymnastics contribute to the development of the arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abdominal muscle groups. Alertness, precision, daring, self-confidence and self-discipline are mental traits that can also be developed through gymnastics.[1] Gymnastics evolved from exercises used by the ancient Greeks that included skills for mounting and dismounting a horse, and from circus performance skills.

 

 

Gymnastics Unit Overview

Week 1 – Traveling 

  • Animal Travels
  • Rolls
  • Cartwheel/Roundoff
  • Create Your Own Travels

Week 2 – Balancing & Jumping and Landing 

  • Review Travels
  • Single Balances“
  • Partner Balances
  • Jumping and Landing
    • Jumping and landing on the mat and then off the equipment – Stick that Landing!
    • Jumping Tricks
  • Create a Sequence using previously learned skills (Travel, Balance, Jump)

 

Single Balances Poster (1) (1)

Create A Routine

  • Review Travels, Balances & Jumping and Landing
  • Have students come up with a Sequence or Routine combining all the elements they have learned
  • Perform the Sequence after giving students time to practice

 

Station Ideas

    • Rolling
    • Animal Travels
    • Jumping and Landing
    • Balancing Challenges
    • Partner Balances
    • Balance Beams
    • Cartwheels/Roundoffs
    • Rope Climb
    • Rope Swing
    • Rock Wall
    • Exercise Station
    • Rings or Bars if you have them
    • Create a sequence