ERIC Number: EJ794547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
The Elementary Triathlon: Change the "I" to "Y" and Add "ES"
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v21 n3 p7-10 Jan-Feb 2008
The triathlon has become very popular in the fitness world. Athletes train for months and even years to get their bodies in top shape to attempt the three-part triathlon race--swim, bike, and distance run. While this activity continues to grow in popularity across the country, the purpose of this article is to create an appropriate triathlon for children, where effort is the focus of the activity. How can a triathlon for children be created? Better yet, how can the elementary school physical educator develop a triathlon that every single student can enjoy? It's simple. Teachers can modify one of the "old rules of grammar." The rule? When creating a plural form of a word ending with the letter "y," change the "y" to "i" and add "es." In this particular case, a slight modification to the rule allows the physical educator to develop a special physical activity event for children. The modification: change the "i" to "y" and add "es." This article provides readers with a different view of the triathlon, offering elementary physical educators with ideas on how to create a "try-athlon" for their students. The focus should be on the "try"--students should feel good enough about themselves and the event to give a good effort. The second focus is on encouragement--supporting physical activity through a positive school event. Lastly, students should be able to experience success in their try-athlon.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Education Teachers, Physical Fitness, Elementary School Students, Student Participation, Movement Education, Skill Development, Teacher Participation, Success
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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