Featured PE Teacher – Angie Ellis


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

About Angie:

I teach Kindergarten and 1st grade at Washington K-1 in Tiffin City School District, Tiffin, Ohio. I am also the Chairperson of our District Wellness Committee. I teach approximately 375 students each year. I am currently in my 5th year of teaching.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

I am currently teaching my gymnastics unit. This is a 2-week unit that focuses on basic tumbling/rolls and balancing. The first week students learn and practice various rolls on mats (rocking horse, egg roll, log roll, forward roll—with support from myself, etc.). The second week, I focus on balancing. I set up an awesome balancing course that students rotate through throughout class, which they really enjoy. I also play a “Feed the Shark” activity that incorporates underhand tossing to a target on the balance beams that adds a fun challenge to the balancing skills we work on, which the students love to play.

PE Focus for 2017: 

My goal is to introduce a wide variety of movement and fitness activities in a way that enables all students to have fun, feel success, and look forward to their physical education classes. When students leave my program, in addition to the basic fundamental movement skills, I want an intrinsic motivation and confidence to be in place so each child continues to lead happy, physically active, healthy lifestyles. In addition to being very passionate about providing a high-quality, enjoyable Physical Education program for my students, I am also very passionate about providing enjoyable physical activity opportunities for my students outside of the physical education curriculum because research has proven that active kids do better! I work very hard to provide my students with multiple enjoyable physical activity opportunities throughout the school day/year from which they benefit in numerous ways such as a daily Morning Movement Time routine, an annual Get Out and Walk Day event held in conjunction with National Walk to School Day in October, an awesome recess running program, annual super successful Hoops For Heart events that have raised over $23,000 for the American Heart Association the past 4 years, Family Fitness Fun Nights, and collaborating with classroom teachers on ways to integrate physical activity breaks into their teaching days. I am very proud of my efforts of providing high-quality Physical Education and fun physical activity opportunities for my students that has earned my Physical Education program and my school a lot of recognition and numerous district, state, and national honors and awards.

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Favorite Lesson Plan/Unit:

My favorite unit is my Drumming With Fitness Unit that I developed specifically for physical education during my student teaching based off of the Drums Alive program. This is a 2-week unit that focuses on the rhythm benchmark. Students learn about rhythm and how it relates to physical activity by drumming and moving in time to a beat. After learning the basic drumming cues and fitness movements (jumping jacks, lunges, squats, arm raises, knee raises, etc.) that are performed throughout the drumming routines, students perform multiple fun drumming routines such as partner drumming routines, cognitive question and answer drumming routines, circle drumming routines, and scarf drumming routines all done to fun, kid-friendly songs. The unit culminates with an awesome drumming concert with the lights off where the stage is decorated with strands of lights and glow-sticks are attached to the drumsticks, which looks really cool in the dark while students are drumming. Students have a blast participating in this unique, out-of-the-box unit, getting a tremendous amount of FUN exercise, and I have a blast teaching it every year!

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What is your favorite part about being a PE teacher?

My favorite part of being a P.E. teacher is being able to make a difference in my students’ lives every day helping them achieve success at their full learning potential, motivating them, encouraging them, and teaching them the fundamental movement skills, knowledge, and instilling confidence needed to lead and enjoy a lifetime of physical activity, good health, and wellness. I take advantage of every opportunity I can to teach and encourage my students to be physically active every day using this simple little rhyme I created, “60 minutes EVERY day; get up and move, go out and play,” whether they are opportunities I provide for them here at school or opportunities they participate in on their own time. I LOVE what I do, and I do what I LOVE!

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PE Station Ideas for Grades K-12


Stations are great for physical education! There are many different types of stations that help students get active. We have selected some of our favorite PE station ideas from PE Central for grades K-12 that increase students’ strength, endurance, balance, and more!

The Cooperative Fitness and Skill Challenges

These programs are awesome for stations. Between the two of them you get 12 stations in total, one features fitness challenges that also allow kids to work together to complete. The other features 6 great skill challenges that help children learn how to throw, catch, strike and more! Great for grades 3-12.

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5 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Senior Facility for the Holidays


seniors decorating holiday

The holidays are coming and it’s time to decorate! But you don’t have to break the bank to add a festive atmosphere to your facility. Here are 5 easy and inexpensive ways from notjustbingo.com to transform any room for the holidays, while getting your residents to help.

1. Construction Paper

Provide residents with colorful Christmas construction paper or scrapbook paper to make holiday chains http://www.ssww.com/item/holiday-paper-chains-SL8086/ that you can easily hang throughout your facility. Use a kit that contains pre-cut links that your residents can easily link together without the use of messy glue sticks. In contrast, you can always make your own holiday links using holiday-colored construction paper, a paper cutter, and glue dots. Continue reading

Edible Garden Project – Making a Difference Afterschool


By Ledisney Rodriguez, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2017 Nominee

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The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community. Ledisney Rodriguez’s is 26 years old and pursuing a degree in Dietetics’ and Nutrition. Here is her story:

I started my after school involvement/ career in 2009 right after I graduated high school, where I received my DCF 45 hour certification. I applied for a tutoring position available with the City of Hialeah’s, Education and Community Services Department for the Creative Learning and Play Program. I became eager to learn and advance in my current placement location 6-9 months later, I did. I was promoted to the main office as a Literacy Programing Assistant. During this time, I was involved in many tasks involving scheduling, invoicing and creating MOUs and Scope of services for all subcontractors, Data Tracker/SAMIS data system for The Children’s Trust, Attendance for all programs, and payroll for the whole department Part Time and Full Timers. These with other assignments allowed me to grow and understand the logistics of grant writing and the work it takes to put it all together. Continue reading

DIY Doily Santa Craft for Kids


Doily Santa Holiday Craft

Kids can make a doily santa decoration using a few simple craft materials! Use this as a fun group craft project or a one-on-one activity. To make this craft even easier, we have created a Free Printable Download with each shape. Place the color construction paper you need behind each shape and cut along the lines.

Recommended Ages: 4-7


  • Doily
  • Oak tag
  • Construction paper
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Cotton ball
  • Marker

1. Cut our your pieces

  • Cut a circle out of oak tag paper for the face.
  • Cut 3 small circles, for the nose and 2 rosy cheeks using red and pink construction paper.
  • Cut 2 wavy shapes out of white construction paper for the mustache.
  • Cut a hat out of red construction paper.

Tip: Pre-cut the pieces for young kids and lay them out in piles on a table for easy access.

2. Glue the pieces 

  • Glue two wiggly eyes, nose, cheeks, and mustache to the face (large circle)
  • Glue the face to the center of the doily
  • Glue the hat to the back of the doily (this should overlap)
  • Glue the cotton ball to the end of the hat

3. Get creative!

  • Kids can add eyebrows, draw silly eyes instead of using wiggly eyes, add more cotton balls for a beard, glitter or gems to the hat, and any other fun craft materials they’d like.

Now you can hang Santa up!

  • Add a magnet to the back to hang it on the refrigerator
  • Hole punch the top of the hat to hang it from a string for a cute decoration
  • Glue Santa to a piece of paper for a background, then write Merry Christmas or use foam letters to spell it out!

Have kids write a letter to Santa after the craft activity to add to the holiday fun!

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