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!
With the weather being so beautiful outside and the fun run around the corner, some classes have had the chance to get outside and do some running. It's great to exercise outside.
Students in early childhood and primary grades enjoy lots of opportunities to practice handling balls. We use a variety of sizes and bounce quality. Basic skill practice helps build confidence and makes game situations all the more engaging.
In our PE classes we often set up stations for students to practice related skills. This means they spend a short time at each station practicing one or two discrete skills or even combinations. The advantages are several: kids enjoy the variety, the element of choice, and a sense of urgency to maximize their time at each area. The video shows 3rd Grade students at 4 gymnastic stations: static balances, walking balances, rolls, and jumping.
Following the winter break classes have resumed with a special emphasis on balances. Holding the body still in a variety of positions offers students plenty of challenge and lots of fun.