Featured PE Teacher – Angie Ellis

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PE teacher Angie

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

About Angie:

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



Classroom Book Activity – Rosie’s Walk

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rosie's walk book activity

Classroom Book Activities for: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Story Summary

Rosie the hen is going for a walk on the farm. As she walks around the farm, she doesn’t seem to notice the fox following her. Read to find out what happens to the fox and if Rosie can get back home safe.

Recommended Age: 1st Grade

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce Rosie’s Walk. As a whole class, do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as flour and mill. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

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KISS – Classroom Management for 1st Grade Teachers

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1st Grade Classroom Management

Here’s our new KISS – Keep is Simple Strategies – for 1st Grade Teachers

Many people feel that 1st Grade teachers are the most important in a child’s life. This is the year where reading instruction begins in earnest; until now, students have been engaged in readiness efforts. Teachers face a huge disparity in student readiness for school on the first day. Some children may not have been through any preschool at all, in some states, Kindergarten is not required and many children will not have gone through Head Start or pre-school.

To view other classroom management tips in the KISS series, click here.

Here are some of the tips we’ve collected from other first grade teachers:

Have a plan A, B, C, and D, especially in the early days of the school year.

Plan for limited attention span:

Television and simulation games have created an expectation that classroom lessons will move at this speed. Computer software that mimics games has helped students gain some exposure to subjects they will study in school, but they may not be prepared for group work or a slower pace to accommodate all children.

Project excitement for learning:

Prepare some posters and bulletin boards that say “coming soon”, they’re used to this approach in the real world and it may provide a bridge to the classroom. If you’re excited, this can be contagious. Use other bulletin boards to spark interest in learning.

Use signals for gaining and keeping attention. Continue reading