Students will be brushing up on their teamwork sills this week. What do you do when there are 5 people and only one ball? You share it! Passing is an important part many games. Grade 2-4 students will be brushing up on their passing skills using a basketball. Grade 1 will be working as a team to score as many points as possible using their shooting pattern. Their cue reminders are chest, knees, and spring. This reminds them the ball starts on their chest, then they bend their knees and spring the ball toward their target. Please, ask them about their class.
This week students will be working on fitness and motor patterns using a basketball. 1st grade students are further developing their bouncing, catching and dribbling skills. 3-4 students are working to make their dribbling and shooting patterns more mature. It is fantastic to hear the students discuss the different strategies they are employing to make sure their defend their ball and make a basket more consistently. Please, ask them about their class.
Students worked on their quickness this week using agility ladders. K-1 focused on getting one foot in each box of the ladder while 2-4 worked on various one a two-foot patterns. Students learned that practicing patterns before trying to perform them quickly is important. Students also worked on their long rope an short rope jumping skills.. Please ask your student about today's class.
In the gym we identified three characteristics of good leadership. Teamwork, hustle, and encouragement are the traits we are trying to develop. Over half of the third and fourth graders, who have P.E. on Mondays, have had an opportunity to lead their circuit teams. I continue to be impressed at how seriously they take the responsibility of leading their teams. They had an opportunity to reflect on their own leadership as well as others'. K-2 worked on Standard 2, which deals with strategies and tactics. Please, ask them about their class.
This week students will further develop bilateral integration. Students will participate in stack relays applying the motor patterns (Standard 1) we have practiced. Students will work on fine motor and gross motor skills using the mini-cups and jumbo stackers. Students will then integrate their stacking and throwing skills during a game called Cup Hunter. Please, ask them about their class.
Standard 1 deals with motor skills and movement patterns. This week students will continue to work to build muscle-memory and bi-lateral integration. Students will play a cardio version of Rock Paper Scissors using their feet. They will also continue to build hand-eye coordination by using the stacking cups. Students will play Stack Stealers and participate in stack relays which will build teamwork skills as well. Please ask them about their class.
This week the students are exploring new motor patterns using cup stacking. We will be using stacking cups to improve hand-eye coordination, ambidexterity and quickness. Today the students used the cups to build aerobic capacity during a game called Upstack/Downstack and worked on the three stack. Students continue to focus on Standard 1 (motor patterns) and Standard 5 (valuing physical activity). Please, ask them about their class.
Students prepared themselves for Thanksgiving Day by reflecting on how thankful they are for their healthy bodies. We discussed the importance of a healthy diet and exercise to our health. Each class played turkey games to reinforce these concepts. K-2 fed the turkeys fruits and vegetables and got plenty of exercise while doing it. Grades 3 and 4 taught their turkeys to exercise and explored the concept of them being not only what they eat, but what they eat, eats. Please ask your children what they learned and have a fantastic holiday.
Students focused on Standard 4 today. Standard 4 teaches students about sportsmanship and teamwork. After working out during circuit training, students practiced a specific throwing pattern. Students then utilized that throwing pattern and applied the concept of teamwork during a game called One-Bounce Dr. It was a joy to watch the students strategize together and work toward their goal of scoring the most points during the game.
1st, 3rd, and 4th grade students were able to assess their aerobic capacity today with the PACER. PACER stands for progressive aerobic cardiovascular endurance run. They were able to see if they have maintained or increased their level of aerobic capacity from 6 weeks ago. I am happy to announce that most students increased their levels. Students put in hard work during class each week and it is paying off. Rotating classes were able to work on a variety of skills and patterns at various stations.