Here's an overview of what our students have been working on this week during PE class...
Our 4th & 5th graders began the PE Central Challenge - a series of 6 skill challenges designed to get students practicing on a variety of skills. Three of the challenges are individual skills that students try to perform for a certain amount of time. Two of the skills are designed to be done with a partner. One of the skills is designed for students to work in a group of 3. These are skills are things students should be able to do with practice. By the end of the school year, students who have completed 4 of 6 challenges will receive a bronze pin, 5 of 6 earns the silver pin, and completing all 6 earns the gold pin! You can learn more about the PE Central Challenge on their website at www.pecchallenge.org/challenges/challengelist.html
Our third graders began working on the underhand throw this week. Our focus was S1.E13.1 - being able to "throw underhand to a target with reasonable accuracy." I assessed the students' underhand throwing mechanics while they were engaged in the Champions & Challengers activity. Each student received a 3, 2, or 1 based on their ability to demonstrate a mature underhand throwing pattern by exhibiting all of the following criteria:
Our first & second graders are working on eye-hand coordination this week. They used juggling scarves and beanbags in a variety of different ways to help them gain confidence as they track and catch a self toss. We also added a couple warm up "tag" activities designed to get students moving safely in general space.
Kindergarten also worked on traveling safely in general space and sharing equipment with Couch Potato Tag. We practiced catching a self toss in a variety of ways with scarves and then did a fun partner activity where we tossed a Koosh ball into a bucket in order to collect poly spots for our team with Make It, Take It.
This week our 3rd-5th graders completed their second week of cooperative/teambuilding activities. We focused on National Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self & others.
We continued our work toward mastering the basic locomotor skills with several different activities...
Our final activity called "Capture the Critters" focused on getting students to take turns, share equipment and travel in general space safely. Check out the video below.
Our first grade students are also working on locomotor skills. They played the 4 corner locomotor activity and Zoo Keeper! We used the Class Dojo app to randomly select students up on our projector. The selected students go to be the Zoo Keeper and let one animal out of its cage. Students traveled around the gym in the same way that the animal travels! Finally, we got to use jump ropes again this week and this time we practiced consecutive jumps going forward or back ward.
Kindergarten explored the wonderful world of my 200+ beanie baby collection! We worked on catching a self-toss with "Catch the Critters" and then we rolled hula hoops to try and "Capture the Critters". Students worked cooperatively in self-chosen partner pairs to share equipment & space safely and take turns.
Great to have our first full week of uninterrupted learning in the gym! Our intermediate grades (3-5) worked on cooperative/teambuilding activities. Our primary grades (K-2) focused on moving safely in personal & general space with some fun tag games & learning different ways to move our body by practicing the eight basic locomotor skills.
This week we focused on Standard 4 of the National PE Standards which deals with students "exhibiting responsible personal & social behavior that respects self and others." The graphic below shows what this looks like broken down by grade levels 3, 4, and 5. We refer to these as Grade Level Outcomes or GLOs. These serve as a guide for the intended exit outcomes for what students should know or be able to do by the end of a particular grade level. As you can see from the table below, these are valuable "life skills" that even many adults do do regularly let alone an 8, 9, or 10 year old child. So while these types of activities can be difficult at times, they are also important for students to work through in order to begin to develop these important social skills.
Second grade continued its focus on locomotor skills and becoming more efficient movers! Students practiced these skill independently and with a fun activity called Zoo Keeper. We also reviewed traveling safely and supporting our body weight with Plank Tag.
Our first graders learned how to do a Popsicle Stick Run and travel around the gym in the same direction around the boundary line. They used sticks to drop into a bucket each time they completed a lap. They also got to practice moving safely to open spaces with Plank Tag.
Students learned to find a personal space when using a jump rope. We practiced these locomotor skills and jumping skills with our ropes this week. Best of all, students learned how to make a loop at the top of their rope and return it to the jump rope rack on the correct hook sorted by handle color!
Our kindergarten students continued to work on moving safely around the gym traveling in the same direction with a (3-Stick) Popsicle Stick Run. We also practiced our 8 locomotor skills by traveling around the gym in the same manner on Day 2. We applied those locomotor skills and introduced some animal walks with our Zoo Keeper activity. Finally, students got to use dice in a fun way to practice 6 of the locomotor skills with a game originally called Rolling Locomotives which I call 4 Corner Locomotors. I posted a video of all the kindergarten class on Class Dojo for parents to view. If you're not connected and want to see what your child is learning in PE each week, please email me at email@example.com and I will shoot you out an invite!
Welcome back to school! We haven't had our first "full-week" of classes yet, but we definitely haven't been short on learning over the last three weeks! Here's a look at what our students have been working on in PE class so far this year...
Our first class together got students a chance to reconnect with friends they haven't seen over the summer and ease into the school routine with a variety of free choice station activities. These activities let students choose something active they enjoy doing either by themselves or with friends. We snapped some 1st day of PE pics & posted those to Class Dojo and then briefly discussed our Rules & Procedures in the gym.
I like to start with several cooperative activities at the beginning of the year. The activity below was a great way to get students to work with 15 different partners in a variety of skill & fitness activities. I saw it shared on Twitter by Kelly Zerby @tall_kelly (a PE teacher from DeKalb, IL).
Our second week worked continued the cooperative theme with a few activities designed to help students find partners and make groups/teams quickly. To accomplish this, we played Partner Mixer & Magic Number.
Once students could demonstrate that they could make groups quickly, the classes that had their 4th day of PE played a cooperative strategy game called "Wheel & Deal" - which I got from JD Hughes @pe2themax (who is a PE teacher from Georgia). Check out his website: www.pe2themax.com
We had school picture day taking place on half of the gym on one of our PE days this week, so we did some "light" activities using scarves and bowling pins. These activities came from Kevin Tiller @physedreview (a PE teacher from Massachusetts). We jumped back to the cooperative theme with Jellyfish Tag and learned how to use a new assessment tool - Plickers magnets!
Our first 3 weeks of class focused on class management activities. We are learning about the class procedures and "how we do stuff" while we're in the gym. Students practiced starting and stopping to the signal (music), moving in personal and general space safely, and learned to take the hall pass when leaving the gym to use the bathroom or to get a drink. We also watched a short video on how displaying expected behaviors in class earns students points on Class Dojo!
Week 2 - we continued work on moving safely in personal and general space and also learned how to make groups quickly with "Magic Number"! We also learned that our energy comes from the food we eat by playing "Coach Potato Tag". Putting equipment away in the correct location was the focus behind "Tennis Ball Sort".
Week 3 - During picture day, we did a series of juggling scarf challenges. On day 2 we continued with another chasing & fleeing activity called "Chicken Taco Tag" and more locomotor fitness using hula hoops!
This week, our second grade students took a cognitive pre-assessment on the 8 different locomotor skills. We will be taking this again in late January 2019 to see student progress on being able to identify the LM skills.
Our kindergarten classes are doubled up in the gym this year. Mrs. Fechner & Mrs. Murphy have PE class together and Ms. Christensen & Ms. Corp have PE class together! We have Mr. Teti-Teal aka "Coach T" coming over from Western Avenue School to team teach the classes. Week 1 & 2 we did pretty much the same lesson as 1st grade. By week 3, we started to incorporate some creative dance moves with a variety of fun dances!