Shark Attack

How to Play:

  • Explain the various signals and matching actions before playing.
  1. SHIP – run to the wall the teacher is pointing to
  2. SHORE – run to the opposite wall
  3. CLAMS – find a partner. One person sits with his knees raised. The other partner sits on their knees
  4. CRABS – find a partner and stand back-to-back. Bend over and hold your partner’s hands through your legs. Move sideways in any direction
  5. SARDINES – all students run to the middle of the gym, carefully sit down and squeeze as close together as possible
  6. DOLPHINS – form circles of 4 or 5. Move in a circular motion, making a diving action.
  7. SHARK – lay down as quickly as possible with 1, 2, 3 or 4 other students. Lock arms to protect each other
  •  The teacher will play the shark who is calling out all the signals.
  • The teacher is looking to “gobble up” any food.
  • If the shark tags a student, than that student has to do 5 jumping jacks and then returns to the game
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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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