There's lots to celebrate at the end of any school year and in PE we are all about celebrations! In preparation for our fantastic field day every class provides a chance for students to learn the games we'll be doing on the day. Traveling hoops, toss the croc, bridges, rock, paper, scissors olympics, and freight truck are some what you'll find in the pictures below.
Lots of unmitigated excellence in some small bodies - that captures the work with early childhood students in PE these days. The video features some scenes from our locomotor warm-up with balls and then some challenges on a new obstacle course.
Do one thing a day that scares you...... easy to say, hard to do. These 4th graders really challenged themselves yesterday by learning to front somersault. One person went from having never tried it to completing one in 6 (SIX) jumps/progressions, truly awesome!
Well done all!
Parkour is a popular outdoor sport which involves bounding, climbing, and jumping over obstacles; running, balancing and swinging between structures. In elementary PE we can transform our teaching spaces into surprisingly challenging movement environments which can be adapted to every age level. The video captures students in PK, 1st and 5th grades enjoying elements of the same obstacle course set up in the activities room which uses chairs, tires, mats, wall bars and benches.
Construction doesn't happen too often in PE but creating hula huts is a huge hit! Students practice working in a group, using a light touch in building as well as moving carefully. First and second grade students enjoyed the challenge of building and sharing hula huts with each other.
In mid March most of the Physical Education Department flew to Boston to attend the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) conference. Mr. Wright returned with all sorts of fresh ideas for our classes. Among the gems, were several simple partner games which get kids active and communicating with a variety of classmates. We have been testing these out with our classes at different levels and students and teachers love them!
Elementary students of all levels are used to reading the board when they come into the gym. We usually post an agenda for each class so that students know what to expect. Sometimes we may use checklists, worksheets or activity cards for students to practice reading while in PE. We even have some activity balls which encourage literacy skills in young students.
4th and 5th Grade students created simple gymnastic routines combining balances, rolls and transfers of weight. The video shows a small sampling of a few routines. Lots of creativity and focus!