The winter athletic games is a great theme for PE. For my elementary school I have come up with 5 different events, and each one is included in the upcoming 2018 event.
I am a PE teacher at Marion Elementary School in Marion, KS. I teach all students Kindergarten through 5th grade. A few years ago, we had an Olympic theme for our school year. It was very easy to incorporate that into my activities in the gym. The next time the games came around, I decided to create some stations that went along with events that the kids might see on TV. I looked around at my supplies and came up with a few ideas. It is always fun to tie activities in the gym to what is going on in the world around us. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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!
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.
A Literacy Night is a great way to show how integrating literacy through physical activity is simple and can improve reading and writing abilities. You can work with classroom teachers, the PTO, and the community to put this event together. Here are a few physical activity ideas to include in the event to support your school’s efforts.
This company called the Alphabet Workout has a number of free and affordable activities that focus on teaching phonics and letters to young children struggling to learn this topic. One great activity to get exercise and improve the basics of reading at the same time is yoga. In this activity, a set of cards with letters on them correspond to different yoga poses. Each card has a picture of a child doing the pose on the front along with a short story about the pose on the back of the card for the teacher to read. Older students can read the story themselves as well as do the poses independently. Learn more about the benefits and how to incorporate yoga into your classroom. Continue reading →
Communicating with others verbally in a variety of situations is one of the soft skills for students to develop at the elementary level. I like using blindfold activities help students develop verbal communication skills as they determine the best vocabulary words to use to reach a desired outcome. Through the years, it’s been rewarding to see kids start to understand the importance of their verbal communication through blindfold activities. Some students feel frustrated with each other and want to give up. Other students stop and problem solve by choosing different vocabulary. Other students find quick success when they choose not to rush and understand that “slow and steady wins the race.”
Prior to participating in the blindfold activities, students brainstorm together what words to use in order to successfully guide someone who is not able to see to perform a variety of tasks. In all the activities below, students are only able to use words to guide their blindfolded partners. They are not allowed guide by touch or using their hands. The blindfolds I used are from S&S Worldwide.
This is a great introductory activity. Students get in pairs and take turns guiding their blindfolded partner around the gym without running into anyone or anything. This activity enables students to practice and discover the best vocabulary words to use to guide their partner. Provide time for students to reflect and discuss with other students what words were successful for them.