Our fifth graders were gone this week at Camp Timber Lee, Wisconsin for Outdoor Education! Having gone a couple times with other 5th grade classes in the past, I know they come away with some awesome experiences! Be sure to talk with your student about all the different types of activities they did while they were there and what they enjoyed most. I'm sure they'll have lots to talk about.
Grades 3 & 4
This week students were introduced the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers. These devices measure how active each student is during class by collecting data on the number of steps taken, the amount of activity time accrued AND the amount of MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) time they earn. After a brief overview, students participated in an activity called "Uno Fitness" - where they performed a variety of exercises or laps based on the cards they were dealt.
The second day of PE, students got on their pedometers and got to choose how they wanted to be active at a variety of "Free Choice" stations. We uploaded our pedometers at the end of class and looked at the data to see how "active" our choices were.
Grades 1 & 2
Our first & second graders were introduced to the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers this week. We learned how to take our "kid code" number from the pedometer pockets and secure it to our waist. We also learned how to place our pedometers into the data readers to upload them to the computer. Finally, we discussed what the different buttons & screens are for and how to use them. Our first activity was to get the kids moving around the gym at different speeds to see how fast they had to travel to get their MVPA timer to begin running. They are set at 110 steps per minute, so students experimented and learned how fast that is for them. Ideally, our goal is to get 10+ minutes of MVPA time during our 30 minute class. Our second day activity included a variety of "free choice" stations designed to help students determine which type of activities are more active than others.
Our kindergarten students got a chance to explore some different ways to travel on scooter boards for our first day of PE this week. We worked on traveling by sitting down, kneeling, and laying on our bellies. We used our "pushing" muscles and our "pulling" muscles to help us move. We also traveled in a variety of directions including forward, backward, sideways and in a circle or spiral.
Our second day consisted of some "free choice" stations where students chose what they wanted to do and how long they wanted to do it. This self-directed activity got students interacting with each other, sharing equipment, taking turns and exploring a variety of ways to be active! I posted videos of each class in action on Class Dojo. If you haven't connected to Class Dojo and would like to, please email me at email@example.com and I will shoot you out an invite to connect!