Wilderdom.com provides links to a variety of physical activities that can be used in the gym with groups of students. In fact, these activities are "well-designed sequences of challenging physical activity can lay important foundations for physical health and well-being. " Teaching lessons like yoga can be a way of introducing students to new exercise routine; so it's best to give them a variety of options.
For $8, gain access to this PDF that offers 12 group games. An activity that can be done with high school students is called Storm the Castle. It's a team building activity, which can help students bond, enhance communication skills and collaborate. In fact, this game can be used as an icebreaker where students get to know their classmates, while engaging in the days of the knights.
Both parents and gym teachers can use this resource in order to get inactive children active. "According to Let’s Move, a health program started by the First Lady to fight child obesity, children and teens need to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day." This resource provides users with fun ways of engaging children such as choreograph your own dance, and going on indoor flied trips, which include bowling, skating and laser tag.
Debbie Miskiel, a high school teacher, teaches students how to use geometry in sports while Molly Schock, a middle school teacher, provide lessons on how to play Frisbee and horseshoes, which can also be used in a high school environment. In fact, stepping away from and enhancing the typical gym activities can improve participation.
Most students are less energetic by the time they reach high school. As a P.E. teacher, it's best to engage students through activities that may be similar to what they've done before, but age appropriate. For instance, a teacher can give students a fitness test, and to make this fun, it can be turned into a game where students work in teams to complete different tasks. The team that finishes first wins.