I am always trying to challenge my students in different ways to not only make it more enjoyable but more physically challenging. If students can learn to push their bodies more than their limit, they will find themselves feeling more successful and stronger. I found myself on Twitter looking at different activities, where I saw an activity which involved hula hoops and beanbags. The activity had more of a relay style but with a fitness component. When I did this activity with my students, I thought, “How can I use the same equipment, but turn this activity into something different which will make it more challenging and fun for the students?” This is when I came up with the Four square Hula Hoop activity.
Four Square Hula Hoop: Setup & Instructions
Students will get in a group of 4. Each student will have a hula hoop and a bean bag. Set up the hula hoops in the shape of a square, and have one bean bag in each hula hoop. On your “GO” signal, students will be in the push-up position, with their hands behind their hula hoop trying to toss bean bag(s) into the other three hula hoops. When you give the “STOP” signal, students will see how many bean bags they have in their hula hoop. Each bean bag represents a point. The object of the activity is to have the fewest amount of points at the end of each round. Continue reading
PE Teacher Justin Wiese shares his Ninja Warrior obstacle course activity that he teaches to K-6th grade students at Hopewell Elementary School in the Pleasant Valley Community School District.
Every year since our school opened 6 years ago, we borrow large crash mats that are shared throughout the five Elementary School buildings in our district. I chose to borrow the mats right after Spring Break as part of a climbing/ gymnastics unit. This started as daily activities with single classes of 20-25 kids, and has evolved into a 5-6 day unit that could accommodate double classes (about 40-50 students in the gym). The unit starts with stations where students learn things like how to climb a cargo net, go across parallel bars, balance beams, high jump, and climb large stacks of mats. The unit ends with an American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course (inspired by the television show) that works on strength, endurance, flexibility and agility. Continue reading
This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Shannon Rickes!
About Shannon Rickes:
I currently teach Kindergarten through 8th grade. I am a Physical Education Coordinator and I teach approximately 300 students in the school at Joy Preparatory Academy in Detroit Michigan. I’m a new teacher, this year would be my second year teaching.
Current Lesson Plan/Unit:
Currently, Kindergarten through fifth grade is working on a hockey unit. I have taught the lower elementary how to hold the hockey sticks and use them appropriately and the upper elementary students how to play the game of floor hockey and what the positions are. My middle school students have just finished a soccer unit where they learned how to play soccer. We used the sport education model, so certain students were able to be coaches for their teams and practice skills needed to be successful in gameplay. Continue reading
Field Day is a great way for the entire school to get together and get moving, and what better way to convey unity than to display a themed Field Day bulletin board in your classroom? Here are 10 ideas from PE teachers around the country to inspire you!
Field Day is Blossoming
This bulletin board gives students a chance to share what they love about Field Day. Each flower represents a student comment and can be modified to represent different sports and activities.
This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Victoria Turner!
About Victoria Turner:
I am a Physical Education teacher at Oakridge Elementary School in Hollywood, FL. I teach 480 students in grades PreK-5th. I have been teaching for 4 years.
Current Lesson Plan/Unit:
My PreK students are part of the ASD program in Broward County, and we typically do a lot of dance. Right now we are working on the Chinese Ribbon Dance as part of the Spring Concert. K-2 is working on Kicking and Trapping. I am also incorporating one of Character Traits, which is Control. We talk about how in soccer you need to have control over the ball and we relate it back to how you need control in the classroom. Grades 3-5 are working on Frisbee. Also, since we are just finishing up math testing I incorporated math into their lesson plans. We worked with throwing at different angles, and playing Frisbee math golf where each “hole” was worth different points based on a bath equation that was provided at each “hole”.