Physical education teacher Matt Barrows shares how to play Tic Tac Toe relay, including a description and a video of his students doing the activity:
I like to promote exercise in fun creative ways in the gym. Anything that has the kids physically moving plus mentally thinking is an A+ in my book. The best way to incorporate lots of physical activity is making it fun for them.
I was inspired to try the Tic Tac Toe Relays after seeing a video on social media. It was an instant hit with my students. This is a game that involves short vigorous activity along with thinking skills.
Recently I was introduced to this awesome little tool called the Makey Makey. This product has become so popular in classrooms, afterschool programs like the YMCA, occupational therapy, and many other industries. With the movie Civil War being so popular, I came up with the idea to create a game with Scratch Studio that pits Captain America versus Iron Man and allows each player to become the characters and get active. This Makey Makey activity encapsulates STEM and Active Play. Continue reading →
Alexander D. Sullivan School PS #30 is an elementary school (Pre-K-Grade 5) in the Greenville section of Jersey City, NJ. Valerie Craig-Ndiaye is the Wellness Leader, and she shared her story with us on how Let’s Move! Active Schools helped make her school a leader in physical education.
We have a team of about 8 members from classroom reps, school nurse, food services, parents and administration. I have always heard of Let’s Move! Active Schools from the news and from the NJAHPERD convention which I attend every year. My district became involved through our commitment through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program (HSP). The two organizations worked together since many of the criteria were similar and streamlined the application process. Continue reading →
Shark Week starts July 23rd! It’s a great time to add some excitement to your physical education lessons or summer camp activities. There are so many shark themed PE activities to get students active and practicing skills such as throwing, balancing, defense, and more. Here are some of our favorite activities to celebrate Shark Week. Many of them can be played both indoors and outdoors.
Shark Attack Jumping and Landing
The gym floor is a river with tons of sharks! Place several hula hoops and poly spots around the gym. Students will use jumping patterns to jump from spot to spot, and avoid touching the floor. Continue reading →
Check out this great overhand throwing activity from PE teacher Colby Dischinger:
Overhand Throwing Activity – “Spot On”
Over the last few weeks, my primary students have been working on the concept of overhand throwing. Through various drills and lead up games (i.e. “Angry Birds” and “Spot on”), I’ve been having the students focus on their overhand form. The game I’ll be sharing with you is called “Spot On”. Continue reading →