I was thinking of having my older students (3rd,4th,5th) create and perform their own jumprope routines. I have NEVER done anything like this before, but this has been the year that I have tried a lot of new things and some ideas have worked and some haven't. My assistant and I would assign the kids to teams for sure. My 5th grade boys are a pain in my backside so if I could split them up with different kids they normally don't hang with, they might actually stay on task. I have also considering taking the kids who are goofing off (I know there will be some) and sending them to the library to write a report on jump roping for a couple of days instead of being in the gym with their friends. Spending 2 days in the library would be boring!! How many kids should be in a group? I have 80+ kids in my 3rd and 5th grade classes and almost 70 in my 4th grade classes. If I do too many small groups my assistant and I will be running around like crazy trying to help people. If I did groups that were too big, it might be hard for them to decide on leadership positions and come to mutual agreements on what to do. How much time should they dedicate to their daily 45 minutes classes with me to this project? I still want to have time to play a game or two so they get some good exercise. How long should it take for them to pull this together? A couple of weeks? I might give them a choice of choosing their own music from a list so they can personalize the whole thing. For a reward for best routines (5th grade), I would video the kids performing their routine and forward the video (or videos) to the mom who is in charge of making the end of school year slide-show and have it shown to everyone. My 4th graders are doing my spring PTA program so they might not get to do this unit at all due to working on the program. My 3rd graders are my best double dutch group in the school. They picked it up in 1st grade and never looked back. I know they would LOVE to do this. We are going to be stuck in gym until the weather warms up to go outside so mixing it up might be fun! Thoughts??