Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Kindergarten & 1st grade got try out this video using a pool noodle to try a variety of skills...
This week students worked on balancing activities. We focused on different ways to balance our bodies using a variety of equipment. Due to the short week, I only got to see every class one time. Some got a second lesson, but the video below explains all the different equipment that students got to experience this week and you can see several different grade levels in action!
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Here's a look at two of our kindergarten classes working on a variety of skills using a pool noodle! This was our instant activity/warm-up this week.
Below you can view the instant activity videos I used this week created by Kevin Tiller @physedreview
This week we focused on ball handling and dribbling with hands. The national SHAPE American Grade Level Outcomes for this skill are listed below (left to right are Kindergarten through 5th grade).
Below are skill cues or critical elements of the dribbling skill that we focused on...
Day 2 brought three more dribbling activities from my own repertoire that got students working on their dribbling skills cooperatively...
For our final week of skating I set up an obstacle course for students to try. I preface their first lesson of the week by letting students know that it is a "challenge by choice" activity. This means students can choose to either try the obstacles or skip them if they don't feel comfortable yet. No one is forced to do the obstacles if they don't want. Giving students the ownership and choice in this activity really lets them focus on skating at their own developmental level as they navigate around the gym. As they gain confidence, their risk-taking goes up and they begin to experiment with different parts of the course on their terms.
For some students, getting out of the center area of the gym and skating around the big circle is an improvement for them and they find their success motivating. I love to watch students progress in their abilities from year to year. I've seen many students demonstrate personal growth and improvement which is very rewarding to me. Skating is one of those skills that kind of "levels the playing field" for most students unless they ice skate, play hockey, or roller skate/blade often outside of class. Seeing their peers fall and get back up just reinforces the notion that everyone is learning and it's okay to fall down...it's part of the learning.
Our kindergarten students did a great job learning to get to their feet from a seated position, place their feet in a "T" for balance, and picking up their feet with toes pointed slightly outward to help them move forward. During our last class, I made the black, interlocking foam mats into a large rectangle so that students could still experience traveling around the gym on the slower surface. I watched many students build confidence in their skills as they learned to balance with wheels on their feet! I have to give a HUGE shout out to the 75+ parent volunteers who helped get skates and gear on the kids...without you, this program doesn't have the same impact. Thank you for volunteering your time to help our students experience skating this year!
Below are a few questions that I created to get feedback from the students on their perceived ability level at different skating skills and their overall skating ability as well. I got a chance to watch my students skate for 3 weeks and now they have a chance to share with me how they feel about their own performance. No matter where they are at on the continuum, it's their individual growth and perception of their ability from year to year that ultimately will determine if they will choose skating as an active pursuit when given the opportunity in the future. My hope is that by having them experience skating at school, students will be more apt to do it outside of school too!
We finally got a full week of skating in this week after missing 3 days last week due to the weather! Skating time is definitely increasing as students become more familiar with how to get on their own equipment. I've got to give a HUGE shout out to all 72 of the parent volunteers who have come in and helped get equipment on students - I couldn't have done it without you!! Next week should be fun as we introduce some obstacles for the students to try!
Depending on the lesson they were on, some classes focused on free skate time and others worked on stopping under control (without falling and without catching themselves on anything or anyone) with a game called "4 Corners" (seen below).
Here's a look at some of our kindergarten students exploring rollerskating this week...
Finally, a sheet was sent home this week encouraging students to be active outside of the school day for 25 hours between February 4th and April 8th. Students who complete the challenge and return the sheet to school will earn a pass to Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville. If your student's sheet got lost on its way home, you can click HERE to download a new sheet.
With a stretch of cold weather and snow that kept us out of school for 3 days this week, students seemed happy to get into the gym and get moving! We began skating this week which is typically one of the students' favorite things to do in class.
I set up a simple Google form for parents to fill out if they want to come in and help. This is a copy of the form I use if you're interested in using something similar in your program...
Our first lessons revolve around skating basics. Students are taught the procedures of how to select and get their skates and safety gear on. We work on the recovery stand up (getting up to our feet from the seated position) and some basic transferring of weight from skate to skate, picking up our feet.
We discuss safety rules...skating in same direction, using the mat area in the center, getting up quickly after we fall, skating at a speed we can stop under control, and not grabbing on to anything or anyone to help us keep our balance. I try to get students skating as soon as possible to explore the skill on their own. Below are a couple videos of our students in action!
This Week in #PhysEd
Check out all the fun "learning" going on in the gym at Williamsburg Elementary!