March is a great month to focus your lesson plans and bulletin boards on the importance of nutrition, because it’s National Nutrition Month! PE Central has many resources to help provide students with the knowledge they need to lead nutritious and healthy lifestyles. Below are some of our favorite ideas and activities.
Bulletin Board Ideas
What’s On Your Plate? – It’s important for students to learn and be aware of the 5 food groups. Use MyPlate as a guide and create a visual to remind students all month about the best types of food choices.
I teach grades K-5 at Willamette Primary in West Linn, Oregon. I have 587 fantastic students in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. I am a Physical Education and Wellness Specialist – teaching both physical education skills in addition to integrating health literacy within my curriculum. I am the only PE/Wellness teacher at Willamette Primary! I have been teaching 6 years total. This is my 4th year at Willamette Primary. I love my school and I love my community.
Rhythmic Movement Unit
I just completed my Rhythmic movement unit, prepping students to perform various complex dances that integrate different relevant cultures and themes. I create the choreography well before the big show, then teach students during their classes in addition to prepping them with other tools and skills they may need prior to the performances (mindfulness, cooperative skills, team building activities, visualization techniques, etc). These dances are incredibly challenging and involve 2-3 different classes cooperating together to successfully perform for two shows. I also team up with our amazing Music teacher who helps students learn basic dance steps that they may use later on in life (grapevine, box step, line dancing basics, etc).
Invite residents to celebrate the beauty of Arizona this May while recognizing the Across the USA themes each month. Honor the Grand Canyon State, which can reach temperatures of up to 98° Fahrenheit in May, with a variety of activities that relate to the state’s culture and history, including the cactus, the turquoise gemstone, sandstorms, and the iconic Route 66.
Pay tribute to the state flower of Arizona, the Saguaro Cactus Blossom, by hosting a fun cactus-themed party on Cinco de Mayo. Decorate your Activity Room with inflatable cactus plants and other fiesta decorations.
For the party, create different activity stations throughout your Activity Room for residents to engage in. For instance, set up a crafts table to teach residents how to make Mexican bark paintings or papel picado. In addition, set up a dance floor to pass out sombreros and teach residents how to perform the Mexican Hat Dance. Also, create a game station where residents can play Mexican train dominoes or even an interesting cactus balancing game . Finally, set up a piñata area for residents to sip on Prickly Pear Margaritas while watching others attempt to hit a colorful piñata while blindfolded. Continue reading →
My 10 year old daughter came home after being at her friend’s house with some sensory balls that she made herself. I thought it was a really cool concept, and asked if she could teach me how to make them! So we turned this idea into a weekend STEAM project. These sensory balls were fun to make, plus they were educational! This project can go in a number of directions with different color polymer beads, balloon sizes, and amount of water.
We are excited to start our Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page! This week’s spotlight is on Scott Dyer.
About Scott Dyer
I teach at PS 251 located in Brooklyn, New York. My school is public school that serves students from Pre Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. We are a part of the New York City Public Schools. I am the Physical Education Teacher, Chairperson of the School Wellness Committee, Professional Learning Community PE Facilitator for the Office of Wellness, and a Move-to-Improve Champion. Currently, I teach Pre Kindergarten through the Fifth Grade, and approximately 550 students a week. I have been teaching for over 14 years.
Current Lesson Plan/Unit
Pre K & K: I have been working on the fundamentals of the basic loco-motor skills and pathways as well as how to track a ball to properly catch it.
Grade 1-3: They are learning the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship through the relay races while tossing a beach ball through a target.
Grades 4 & 5: I am preparing them right now for the next parts of the FitnessGram (e.g. push-up, trunk lift, and curl-up) through various fitness circuits. In addition, I have ended each class with a game of Monster Ball.