7 Themed Activities for Your Field Day Event

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Field Day is one of the most exciting events during the school year. It wouldn’t be complete without some themed activities designed to get kids moving and practicing the skills they learned all year. These 7 activities from PE Central feature popular themes that will get students active and having fun.

Power Rangers Field Day

With the new Power Rangers movie coming into theaters very soon, this is the perfect Field Day theme for 2017! This activity includes 6 stations, one for each color Power Ranger, plus a Power Up water station.

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National Nursing Home Week – Spirit of America Theme

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Celebrate National Nursing Home Week (May 14th-20th) with your residents by providing activities that reflect this year’s theme: The Spirit of America. Use the week to schedule activities that relate to the true spirit of America, including its history, its immigrants, and its beauty.

American History

spirit of america themeEducational – Schedule a few trivia games to test your residents’ knowledge about American topics. For instance, for a larger group, use an interactive trivia DVD to get residents to recall important American facts and events. For a smaller group, gather residents to play an American trivia board game.

Reminiscing – Plan a fun Reminiscence Tea Party for your residents to discuss a particular American era of interest, like the Big Band era of the 1940s or the space exploration era of the 1960s. During the tea party, ask residents to discuss their experiences, like which big band they preferred or where they were when they heard that an American had landed on the moon. Continue reading



North Park Elementary School – Health & Wellness

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north park elementary schoolNorth Park Elementary has been a part of the Let’s Move Active School program since 2013 and is proud to be awarded the Let’s Move Active School National Recognition Award!  We have been working hard for many years to create a culture of health and wellness in our school. We have achieved this goal because we have taken advantage of many grants and opportunities along the way. Some of these programs include Healthy Highway and Fuel Up to Play 60. This award is truly the result of a team effort and a commitment made by teachers, students, families, and administrators to teach and model the value of healthy choices and a physically active lifestyle.  Of course, this did not happen overnight or without a tremendous amount of effort, but it has all been worth it to see the transformation and be able to make an impact on student health and wellness. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Jodi Barasky

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Jodi Baraksy:

jodi barasky PE teacherAbout Jodi Barasky:

I teach Physical Education to about 140 students in grades K-8 at Rondout School District 72 in Lake Forest, Illinois. My favorite PE lesson plan/units are team building activities, Tchoukball, Dance and Yoga. I also love to hike in my spare time.

Current Lesson Play/Unit:

Six years ago, I was introduced to “Dancing With Class”, a dance program in Chicago specifically designed for Middle School students. Each year since then, our music teacher, the Dancing With Class program, and myself have jointly created a ballroom dance unit. This year we danced the Salsa, Tango and Swing. Continue reading



Cosmic Bowling Activity for PE Class

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cosmic bowling Pe classPhysical education teacher Andrew Beckner shares this creative cosmic bowling activity that he uses for his PE class.

One week per school year, the lights are turned out in the gym, but the students’ energy levels are turned way up! It’s cosmic bowling time. The same cosmic bowling that most adults have had the opportunity to enjoy at least once in their lives.

Gym Set-up for Cosmic Bowling

For this event, the gym is illuminated with a combination of holiday (Christmas) lights, and two disco type colored lights that change patterns (the smallest version of the ION Audio Block Party). Finally, we projected a visual effects scrambler design that can be displayed through Windows Media Player, by placing the projector on the other side of the gym. This stretched the image across the whole wall. Next, my teaching partner and I set up 12 “lanes” of plastic bowling pins. Since it can be a little difficult to see whose pins are whose in the dark, we put colored tape on the top of each pin, as well as matching colored tape on the floor where each pin should be reset. Continue reading



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