A few weeks ago we challenged pairs of 5th graders to write down their ideas for an ideal PE lesson. Yesterday we enjoyed the first of these student-led sessions. Both pairs wanted to feature a version of dodgeball preceded by a standard kind of fitness warm-up. At the end classmates shared feedback in the form of positive statements or as questions. When I asked the student leaders about their experience they said they liked knowing what was going to happen and deciding how long to spend on each activity.
Awesome Gym Day is popular for many reasons. Today 5th graders had a chance to enjoy a day of choice activities. What I noticed is how eagerly students teamed up to build and share. In the pictures below students in two classes found different ways to combine mats and the climbing ropes for adventure and parkour-like stunts. AGD also provides ample social time for students to enjoy class time with their friends. In the video, one student enjoyed experimenting with moving upside down from one rope ladder to another. Given the opportunity, our students show remarkable creativity and innovation.
Having a beamer in the activities room allows us to take advantage of video resources in our classes. Today, students in kindergarten and 1st grade followed along to a snappy song about syllables on GoNoodle, while 4th and 5th graders watched some parkour strengthening moves to help them expand their strengthening repertoire.
Today the students asked if they could have a go at the mannequin challenge.... I gave them 10 seconds to get into a position.. and here are the results.
3rd grade had alot of fun today balancing across different obstacles.
After a week or so of learning different moves on the Airtrack, its is now time for the students to start linking their favorite movements together. The students can choose movements we have completed in class or learnt elsewhere, we will be doing this for another week or so and I will post some examples of the completed sequences once they are happy with them.