Pathways and Directions Stations PE Activity for Grades K-2

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PE Teacher Crystal Williams, shares a fun and an organized way for students to demonstrate different pathways and directions.

This year, my coworker and I decided to have our students participate in stations that worked on pathways and directions. Pathways and directions are components of our Space Awareness Unit. These two components focused on TN standards “travels in five directions (forward, backward, sideways, up, and down) and demonstrates and applies all three pathways (straight, curvy, and zigzag).”  I wanted to make sure the stations were filled with fun and provided us the opportunity to assess students as they performed each course. Continue reading



Across the USA Theme – State of Maine

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Celebrate the beautiful state of Maine as we continue our Across the USA theme for the month of October. As you schedule activities for the month, host events that are based upon Maine’s legendary fall festivals, including Oktoberfest, Pumpkinfest, the Fall Foliage Festival, and the Ghostport Festival.

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Host a fun Oktoberfest event for your residents that is similar to Maine’s by setting up a beer garden on the back patio. Allow for residents to stop by to sample a variety of beer. If alcohol is not an option for your residents, provide nonalcoholic beer or even root beer floats for the tasting.

During the festival, provide pretzels for residents to enjoy with their beer. For instance, make mini pretzels for residents using a mini pretzel maker that they can enjoy with mustard. If you’re short on time, however, simply string pretzels onto twine to make pretzel necklaces that can be given to residents to hang around their necks to snack on while they are enjoying their beer.

Finally, to cap off the fun Oktoberfest, coordinate with Dining Services to serve a delicious German dinner, including bratwurst and sauerkraut, in your facility’s Dining Room. If possible, play Oktoberfest music during the meal for residents to enjoy. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Christopher Infante

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Christopher Infante:

pe teacherAbout Christoper Infante

I teach grades Pre-K through 4th in two different schools in my district. These grades also include MD, ABA, BD, ED and LLD classes. Because I teach in two different schools, I teach 632 students. I teach at Bryant Elementary School and Lowell Elementary School, both located in Teaneck, NJ. My title is Travel Physical Education teacher. We run on a 6 day A-F schedule and I am in one school on B, C, D days and the other on E, F, A days. I have been teaching full time for 4 years, all with Teaneck. I have been so grateful for having this stability and being able to watch my students grow.

Current Lesson Plan

My current lesson plan involves use of the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit. I use the games on Wii Fit to peak the students’ attention, since they are all familiar with video games. I use the Basic Run Plus program to show the students how to keep a good pace. During the school year, they have a lot of lessons outside running so I like to start the school year by introducing pace and having them practice with the Wii. The kids have a blast and get great exercise without realizing it! Continue reading



Library Storytime Activity – Craft Stick Families

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Here’s a super fun popsicle stick craft for preschoolers (or any age for that matter) that I recently used for a “Families are Fun!” Storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. I volunteer every other week to lead the Preschool storytime. Coming up with fun crafts to go along with the theme is always fun. There are many variations of this craft. You can even use the finished products as puppets, which is a fun idea. After a great storytime with books and songs about families and a silly puppet, we explained the idea for the craft to the moms and kids.

Materials:

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Take PE Home Activity Tubs for Grades K-5

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An idea I developed to encourage family fitness was to provide an opportunity for students to take PE equipment home and create activities to play with their families. I purchased five large plastic tubs, one for each grade level, K-4. I selected equipment where I had at least 5 items that I would not miss for class or did not use as often.

I also helped S&S Worldwide create these Take PE Home Tubs to add to their physical education product line. They are segmented by grade levels K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. It was exciting to be the one to inspire them, and to see my idea become something that everyone could incorporate into their PE class. You can find the Take PE Home Tubs on their website here.

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I use an app to randomly select a student from each grade level who takes the tub home on Friday and returns in on following Thursday. If at the time their name is chosen they have positive ClassDojo points, I contact their parents prior to telling the student to be sure it would be a good week for the “Take PE Home” tub. Continue reading



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