• Socco and Slurpie Physical Activity Stories
    Introduction:  "Socco and Slurpie" stories are each based on a parts of our physical education curriculum. I wrote them so that I could use them to introduce units, to have students perform actions done in the stories while I read, and to help students remember and enjoy the topics that I cover. The main characters are living gym sock puppets, one healthy and one who likes to slurp soda (Slurpie) who is trying to get healthier. As of today, eleven of the stories are published and one, "Socco and Slurpie Meet the Princess", is not yet illustrated. They are available on Amazon.com. I read parts of them during P.E. class and then we act out what is in the books.
    My first story is "Socco and Slurpie's Island Adventure" and I self published 100 copies of the book and have 40 remaining. The story is based on traveling (locomotor) movements such as skipping, hopping, etc. I also have a second companion kindle ebook- "Lost Chapters" which are from the "Socco and Slurpie's Island Adventure" story, are illustrated as well, and used in P.E. in small groups with the students reading to each other and acting out the traveling movements. The main story is about a pirate looking for new ways to walk the plank. 
    My  third story is called "Socco and Slurpie Join the Circus" and the short chapters of the story are used before each lesson to highlight what we will be working on during our gymnastics unit. 

    My fourth story is available on amazon as a paperback and is titled "Socco and Slurpie's Giant Problem" and is a story of teaching a giant to throw. 


    The fifth story is available on amazon as a paperback and is titled "Socco and Slurpie in the Haunted School" and is a story based on the obstacle course we do in October. 

     Visit me on the web @sockstories on facebook to read more about my stories and characters.


    Below are two of the activities that I use in P.E. that are based on the "Island Adventure" and "Lost Chapters" stories:
    Physical Education Lesson Activities linked to “Socco and Slurpie’s Island Adventure”-by Mark A. Ricketts: 

     Activity used while reading “Chapter 2: Get Up and Move”

     Have students get up and act out the story-

     As you read in chapter about each travel, have the students perform each travel.


    Activities to use after “Chapter 3: Treasure”

    Student Reading and Acting Out Additional Companion Chapter Stories If Available

    a.      Each group is given one of the companion "Lost Chapters" stories to “Socco and Slurpie’s Island Adventure” by Mark A. Ricketts:

      i.Chapter Zero   “Vacation Begins”- Walk, Fast-Walk, March, Twirl
    - Click here for sample
     ii.Chapter 2.1:   “Pirate Percy’s Crew Takes A Break”   – Jump and Frog Jump
    iii.Chapter 2.2:  “The Man Who Walked the Plank”
     - Crawl, Bear Crawl, and Crab-walk
     iv.Chapter 4:  “Pirate Percy Relaxes”   –Gallop and Slide Step
     v.  Chapter 5:  “Slurpie Remembers”  – Hop and Skip
     vi. Chapter 6:  “Socco Gets His Nap”  - Jog, Run, and Leap

    b.       Students who can read take turns reading, or group reads together, their group’s chapter as they stop reading and act it out each time a travel is mentioned by the reader. Click here to watch a class do this activity. 

    c.      As an alternative activity, teacher can read each book to the whole class as they act it out during different lessons (K-2nd grade )