Toss Four Game Variations for PE & Active Play

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Learn 5 different ways to use this Toss Four Game for physical education class or general active play! If you are playing indoors, hang the target from any volleyball or badminton game standards. For outdoor use, hand it from poles or use existing game standards. The game allows for multiple players at a time, and can be used for teamwork activities, practicing throwing skills, coordination, and more.

Toss Four Games

Classic Toss Four:

Goal:

Toss balls at the target and get them to stick to the Velcro patches. The first team to get 4 balls in a line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) wins the game. Unlike standard 4 in a Line or Connect 4, the balls do not have to start at the bottom of the column and can be thrown anywhere on the target.

Set-Up:

Divide your players into two teams with about the same number of players and ability. Place all the pink balls in a pile or container and all the green balls in another container. Mark a toss line about 6 feet from the target using cones, floor tape or some other means. A player’s feet must remain behind the toss line, before, during and after their throw. If they cross the line at any point and the ball they tossed sticks to the target, it must be removed and they lose their turn. Continue reading



Tips & Strategies for First Year PE Teachers

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If you’re reading this, chances are you just got your very first physical education job. Congratulations and welcome to an amazing profession where you get to change lives and make a real difference in the world. The sky is literally the limit when it comes to what you can do as a physical education teacher. Whether you’re just out of school, changing careers, or transitioning from the classroom to a gymnasium, you’re entering this profession at a time when what we do matters more than ever.

You will have the most lasting impact on a child’s life and mental well-being. As if this prospect was not overwhelming enough, you are starting a job that comes with many new and exciting experiences, procedures, and protocols. The first year of teaching is very important. It is during this time that you are indoctrinated into the world of teaching through on-the-job training. Everything you learned in your physical education program will align with the reality of the school and district you are now a part of. As a new teacher, there will be many variables out of your control that can make it hard to achieve that altruistic goal all teachers strive for: positively impacting lives. Continue reading



5 Classic Fitness Games for Kids

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It often amazes me just how many fitness games come with complicated rules and require so much equipment. Not every physical educator, day care center, recreational program, or family has the space or means by which to acquire large amounts of equipment.

So how do you keep children active? You get creative!

As a physical education teacher who has no gym and no inside space for my class, I have come up with some games that meet learning outcomes while keeping students engaged and active. The ones I find work best are the good old-fashioned games that I played as a child, and even my parents before me. Timeless games with a spark of creativity yield the best results in my experience. I am sharing a few ideas with you in the hopes that they spark a creative storm of pure genius in you.

Fitness Hangman

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How to Play:

The concept of playing hangman is simple. You have one person pick a word and draw out the number of spaces that equal the number of letters in that word. If the word is “fast,” then there would be four spaces like this: ­­_ _ _ _. Children then take turns trying to guess a letter in the word. If they guess the letter right, it goes where it belongs in the appropriate space. If it is not right, the letter is written on a space on the board or paper you are using to play, and then a body part is drawn on the writing surface. Personally, I like to make it detailed. First, I draw a head, an eye for the next wrong guess, and so on so that students have more guesses.

Fitness Variation:

I turn this into a fitness activity by having a set of exercise cards or exercises written on note cards nearby. After each guess, the guesser picks up an exercise card and everyone in the group has to do that exercise. Have one student write down the missed letters. Have another student fill in the spaces when a right letter is guessed. Let one student hold the exercise card and another draw the hangman. This way, everyone is involved, moving, and having fun. Continue reading



Jumbo Games Unit for Physical Education

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As a PE teacher, I sometimes find myself teaching the same skills and lessons each year. Teaching some of these lessons to all K-5th grade classes can get a bit repetitive, so I set out to find something new to share with my students to start out or end the school year and get them excited for PE. I had previously seen ideas on social media for Jumbo Jenga and Jumbo Kerplunk, and always wondered how I could incorporate those games into my PE classes. With those ideas in mind, I came across an inflatable bowling set as well as an inflatable field goal post with a football included. With these two additional activities, I came up with the idea of teaching a Jumbo Games Unit! This unit had a total of 4 activities, and was setup in a station format. I had groups of 4-6 students at each station and each group participated in the activities for approximately 6 minutes each.

Jumbo Jenga

You might decide to build this yourself if you are on a budget, or save time and order Jumbo Jenga online. I also decided to add a fitness twist to make the game more active. I took each block and wrote down an exercise that would be easy for my students to read and understand. These were also exercises that I had previously taught in class before, and reviewed the day of this lesson. Examples include “5 Push Ups”, “20 Second Wall Sit” and “5 Curl Ups”.

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Modified Tennis Activity for PE

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April showers bring May flowers!

When you have an outdoor tennis unit in April, mother nature forces you indoors quite often for physical education classes. This makes you think outside the box when guiding your students to develop their tennis skills inside a gymnasium. At this years SHAPE National Convention, I was introduced to a game called PaddleZlam (@PaddleZlam). Justin Schleider, a physical education teacher, shared this game within the #physed Voxer group. This innovative educator brought a few sets with him for us to play during the SHAPE National Convention and within minutes we were hooked! This is such a fun, energetic and active game. I could not pass up the opportunity to share this game with others. Continue reading



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