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!
Another shortened week due to the holiday on Monday and the 2-hour delayed start on Wednesday, but we managed to get a lot accomplished despite several classes missing PE this week. (sure wish I saw them more often). Our 4th & 5th graders began testing on the PE Central Skills Challenge this week. Our K-3 students worked on several cardio activities. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd graders wore their GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers to track their activity levels in an attempt to reach 10+ minutes of MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) time during class.
Grades 4 & 5
By the end of 4th/5th grade, students should be able to complete the tasks below with practice. I give them opportunities throughout the year to practice these skills as stations or during instructional units. I will periodically spend a day here and there "testing" the skill challenges. Students can attempt to complete a challenge as many times as they want. Once they can demonstrate to me that they can complete it, I mark it on my score sheet. Once a student can complete 4 of the 6 challenges, they earn a star with their name on it and get to place it up on our PECC Awards bulletin board under the bronze level. 5 out of 6 earns them a silver level award and performing all 6 earns them the gold! I order award pins at the end of the year to give out to those students that earned one of the three levels. We had several students complete challenges this week and are on their way towards earning an award!
Our focus this week was on cardio-endurance activities and keeping the students moving as much as possible. We discussed "pacing" ourselves over a period of time and incorporated several activities that had built in "rest" times in between times of running. We use FitStep Pro pedometers by Gopher to measure MVPA time, total activity time, and steps. We upload our pedometers at the end of class and students can check their numbers. Or goal is to reach 10+ minutes of MVPA time during our 30 minute class.
It was a great week in PE class. I was out Monday with all of our 5th grades as we traveled to the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy for a field trip! Students rotated through four different stations for 30 minutes each. They did some basketball activities in the gym, a fitness obstacle course relay and a sport skill relay in the field house, and had a health/nutrition presentation in the theater.
We had 3 main learning activities that our lessons included this week. The first one was this individual balance activity. Students got a chance to explore a bunch of different ways to balance their bodies and used a sheet to show me which ones they could do and which ones they are still working on. I took pictures of the kids' holding up their completed sheets which provided some good feedback both for me and them.
Another activity we used this week was Balance Bingo. Here students worked with a partner to perform a balance with a certain number of body parts touching the mat. The would draw cards from the middle circle (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5) and then perform a balance for 5 seconds with the corresponding number of body parts in contact with the mat. They had a bingo card to keep track of all the different balances they did in an attempt to score 5 numbers in a row and earn a BINGO!
Finally, we ended the week with 6 gymnastics-related stations that we rotated through. Students were in groups of 3-4 and had about 3 1/2 minutes at each station.
Due to the half day of school on Friday, we only saw kindergarten once this week. Since we had all the mats out and have been working on some basic tumbling and balance activities, I extended students' activity experience with a Cosmic Kids Yoga video that incorporated all sorts of balances/poses for students to try. They loved the Minecraft theme of this particular one! You can check out all the great yoga videos designed with fun themes and stories and try a few at home! www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
It was a week of gymnastics fun as students rolled, tumbled, stunted, and balanced in a variety of activities during classes this week...
DAY 1 - We worked on a variety of ways to travel across the mat. Our first PowerPoint was full of animated GIFs that demonstrated various animals walks/travels that students attempted to imitate. The second slideshow was comprised of animated GIFs showing different rolls and a cartwheel. Students were in small groups of 3-4 at a mat taking turns practicing the different moves shown up on the projector. GIFs featured some of my #PhysEd friends Jason Denk @mrdenkpeclass and Derrick Biehl @MrBiehlsPE and some I made from YouTube clips. Feel free to use them it you'd like!
DAY 2 - started off with a warm-up activity using dice to determine the different skills for the students to try. This resource was created by Randy Spring @MrSpringPE You can click to access these great Animated GIF PowerPoints and more by clicking on the pictures below!
We then moved into a cooperative, group balance activity using an iPad app called "Balance It" by The PE Geek, Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo Students scrolled through dozens of sample balances and then attempted to re-create them with people in their group. They also came up with lots of their own balance creations! They took pictures of their balances and then air dropped the pictures that they liked to my iPad. I had my iPad mirrored to the big screen TV using my Apple TV device so the class could see all the cool balances each group came up with. I plan on sharing all the pictures with parents on @ClassDojo over the next couple days.
DAY 1 - students warmed up with "Overs Unders & Flip Flops" and then we moved into the "Animal Walks" slideshow which got students traveling across their mats in a variety of ways that promoted supporting their weight while they moved.
DAY 2 - Students practiced a variety of rolls across their mats using the "Rolls & Cartwheel" slideshow. The students then took a self-assessment where they rated themselves on their perceived skill level on the different things we worked on this week. Students used the @Plickers response system to share their answers with me.
Yes...we managed to get 45 kindergartners experiencing the joy of movement through some simple gymnastics skills as they worked on taking turns, sharing their mat space, and staying safe as they traveled in various ways from one end of their mat to the other.
So great to have the students back in the gym! This week we picked up where we left off by finishing up our long-handled striking unit using floor hockey sticks. All grades participated in a variety of activities utilizing equipment suited for their developmental level.
Our older students participated in 2 days of small sided floor hockey games. They used skills previously taught to play for 5 minute rounds with a random group of players. Every 5 minutes we start a new game with a new team. Below is a video of what that looks like in our classes. The students have really adapted well to the random group maker tool on the Class Dojo app too! Leveraging the technology has really helped maximize activity time and cut down on transitional times during class.
Grades 1 & 2
Our younger students worked on stick handling and puck control on day one with an activity called Floor Hockey Frenzy. Students worked on moving a yard ball across the gym with their hockey stick by keeping it close and under control. They had to navigate their way across the gym being careful to not knock over any bowling pins that were spread out on the floor as obstacles. When they made it across, they got to take a silicone bracelet/wristband out of bucket and put it on their wrist. They then turned around and headed back across the gym to the side they started on. Each time they made it across, they got to take a wristband/bracelet. If they accidentally knocked a pin down with their ball, stick or body, they had to give a bracelet/wristband to me. Our final lesson included some small sided game play with groups of 3-4 to a team. We also did a quick cognitive assessment with the kids to check for their level of understanding by using our @plickers magnets to give their responses to the questions by rotating their magnet to the desired answer and sticking to the magnetic whiteboard. I scan the responses with my phone and BOOM...assessment done! CLICK HERE for link to the floor hockey assessment questions.
Our Kinders also got to experiment with manipulating a foam hockey stick and yarn ball across the gym. They played the Floor Hockey Frenzy activity (just like grades 1 & 2) and did a terrific job. Students got to count up all the wristbands/bracelets they collected and sort out all the different colors too. On Friday, we started class by getting all of the students' shoe sizes in preparation for our roller skating unit coming up at the end of January. Then we played an activity called 6 Goal Hockey. I included a video of each class playing Floor Hockey Frenzy on Class Dojo. Be sure to check it out! Not connected on Class Dojo? Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was our culminating week of bowling activities in PE. Students got to participate in a full-lane, 10-pin experience with iPad scoring! Students have been doing a great job establishing and following a bowling rotation based on the number of players in their group.
The app that we used was called "My Bowling Scorecard" and it was simple enough to navigate with first graders. They simply type their names in and then tap the number of pins that fall down...it's that easy.
Our kindergartners did a couple of rolling/bowling activities this week too. Our first activity was a large group game that focused on rolling the ball at single pins with the ability to guard your team's pins. Our second lesson this week, both Coach T and I were gone at the State PE Conference and the substitute played Partner Pin Pickup to reinforce the rolling/bowling skill and practice taking turns and sharing equipment with a partner.
This Week in #PhysEd
Check out all the fun "learning" going on in the gym at Williamsburg Elementary!