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.