Two Person Parachute Activity

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parachute activity We are all familiar with group parachutes, but have you tried activities with two person parachutes? Alyssa Dabbenigno, a Physical Education teacher from Virigina, shares with us this fun activity using our Spectrum Connect-a-Chute Pack of parachutes as two person parachutes. Participants will learn to work together, practicing throwing, catching, and retrieving.

Two-Person- Outfield Scramble

Divide the class into TEAMS, preferably teams of 4 (Example: Flyers, Eagles, Capitals, Nationals, and Pirates)

  • Two members from each team will be selected to hold the Parachute.
    • Their job is to work together to “CATCH” the pop flies using the 2-person parachute. (The ball may not bounce or be rolled)
    • Catchers may move side to side but can not cross the black line to get closer to thrower!
    • IF they catch the pop-fly they must try to transfer the ball into the team hula hoop/basket (as shown be hind catchers in images) WITHOUT using their hands! (each pop-fly is a “run/score”)
  • One member from each team will be selected to be the “Thrower”.
    • Their job is to go through the 5 Steps of an Overhand Throw using the parachute as their target. Staying behind the cone they may throw 1 pop-fly at a time.
  • The last member of the team is the “Retriever/Ball-boy/girl”.
    • Their job is to run back to the bleachers where all of the objects (gatorskin balls, yarnballs, and rubber frogs) are scattered around. They may pick up one object at a time and RUN to the “Thrower”. Hand them the object – DO NOT roll or throw.

After each round rotate the players! Everyone should get a chance to throw, catch, and retrieve! (Add in a fitness component: while the “thrower” is waiting for a ball they are doing squats, jumping jacks, lunges, etc.)

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Parachute Games with a Ball

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By now you’ve realized the kids love parachutesIf this is your first time using the parachute, head over to our Parachute Basics post and start there. For those of you looking for a few new ideas, let’s add some balls and other accessories to the parachute fun.

First, which kind of balls should you use? It really depends on the game, but something safe, not too hard, and not too heavy. Here are a few of our favorites:

Now for the Games:

Popcorn

  1. Start with players stretching the chute out. Throw as many of the items, like listed above, onto the chute.
  2. Holding the chute tightly have everyone bounce the balls like popcorn as quickly as they can off the chute.
  3. You can evenly play with two teams, One side trying to keep the balls on the chute, which the other works to try and get them off the chute.

Bulls-Eye

  1. Gather a ball or two that fits through the center hole.
  2. Participants will take turns trying to roll the ball into the center, through the hole.

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The Fall and Rise of Physical Education

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For those of you not familiar with George Graham, he is the co-founder of PE Central (pecentral.org), a noted author of numerous books and articles, and he has dedicated his entire career advocating the benefits of providing high quality Physical Education programs for children. In addition, he has won numerous accolades, including being inducted into the SHAPE America Hall of Fame in 2007.

Now, as a retired professor of physical education pedagogy, he shares with us his candid, unfiltered view on the status of Physical Education today. Read the intro to his blog below, then continue to read the entirety of the post by clicking here or the button below. Here, you will discover the different teacher-types he describes. Are you a Gamer? a Fitter? a Roller? a Teacher? a Brainer? An Activator? Read on to find out!

Then, weigh in on your thoughts on the paper in the comments section below the blog. When you’re done, read the second part of the series: The Fall and Rise of Physical Education: Part 2.

The Rise and Fall of Physical Education by George Graham

“If there is a single truth about physical education, from preschool through graduate school is that it continues to change. I suspect this is true of all enterprises—business, medicine, education, government and families too. There is constant change—and perhaps the best predictor of the future is the past but that’s for philosophers and historians to determine.  What I know best is physical education at all levels over the past 45 years. This paper is focused on one person’s view of what has happened over that period and a glimpse, albeit somewhat blurry, into the future of our profession. The paper is divided into four categories—K-12 teachers, PETE, professional organizations and the values of society in terms of physical education and physical activity.

I also want to add that I am writing this at the terminus of my career (somehow that sounds better than writing the end of my career.) This is important because I feel entitled to tell it like it is—with no worries that I might offend someone that I might be working with in the future on a project or committee. I also freely admit that this paper is written without relying on the professional literature to support my theories. Both of these factoids—terminus of career combined without having to base my paper on the literature is a freeing experience—and as I begin this paper one I am looking forward to.”

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Fellow Educators – Are you Engaging?

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My Substitute, “Dr. Health”

I’d like to introduce you to a character that I have developed, I call her “Dr. Health”.  The book Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess inspired me to create this character, use a costume, and bring Dr. Health into my classroom.

Dr. Health begins her morning by greeting each student at the classroom door and introduce herself, “Good morning, I am Dr. Health and I am substitute teaching for Mrs. Gorwitz today.”

While in character, I ask each student what their names are and shake their hands, as if meeting each one for the first time. The students look at me and smile, they are curious, engaged, and humored as they tell me their names.  I have even had students choose to make up their own names as well, then I call them by that name for the entire class.

educators students

The engagement of my students during that lesson with Dr. Health is through the roof.  Dr. Health visits my classroom several times during the school year and the reaction of the students is Continue reading

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Parachute Basics – Introductory Games for Kids

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We have so many different parachutes to choose from at S&S Worldwide! If you haven’t already purchased one, you’re missing out! However, once you do have your parachute, it is time to start having some fun! Below are a handful of ways to introduce the parachute to a group of children and get them working together as a team. Once you get the basics down, you’ll be ready to move onto more difficult and coordinated games.

The Basics of Parachute Play

The Mushroom parachute basics mushroom

  1. Have children evenly spread out around the parachute and hold the edges.
  2. Have everyone gently tug on the parachute, holding it low between knee level and the ground.
  3. On the count of three,in unison, raise the chute upwards. It should fill with air, rising up like a giant “mushroom”.
  4. Work on getting the mushroom as high as possible, having each child take a step or two into the center, eventually running to the center while still holding the chute.
  5. If all children are synchronized and let go of the chute as it is in the air, it should maintain its mushroom shape and rise.

The Merry-Go-Round

  1. Have children evenly spread out around the parachute.
  2. Students should all turn sideways, facing the same way with one hand on the parachute.
  3. Now walk, jog, skip, jump and gallop around in a circle. Switch directions and hands from time to time. The chute should look like a merry-go-round. Continue reading
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