Top 10 Physical Education Blog Posts of 2017

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As we head into the second half of the 2017-2018 school year, we thought we would share our most popular Physical Education blog posts of 2017. Many of these activities and ideas are submitted by your colleagues and fellow PE Teachers. We are so grateful for the PE community and their passion and engagement in sharing and learning from one another.

Here are the Top 10 Most Popular Physical Education Blog Posts of 2017!

  1. Four Square Hoola Hoop PE Activity – a simple fitness activity using hula hoops and beanbags
  2. Tic Tac Toe Relay – promote exercise in a fun and creative way with this popular relay activity
  3. Field Day Activities for Team Building – 12 activity ideas for your Field Day event! Plus get free printable downloads with even more ideas.
  4. Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course for PE – inspired by the televison show American Ninja Warrior – great PE activity for grades K-6
  5. Physical Education Lessons Using Pool Noodles – 5 ways to use pool noodles in your PE lessons
  6. Castle Crushers PE Throwing Activity– a target throwing activity combined with team game elements and partner collaboration
  7. Jumbo Games Unit for PE – spice up your PE lessons with these 3 jumbo game ideas
  8. 10 Basketball Lesson Ideas from PE Central– teach students some basketball basics, like how to dribble and proper techniques for chest or bounce passes
  9. The Technology Revolution in Physical Education – learn how technology can improve your PE lessons, and tips on which apps to use
  10. Family Fitness Night for Physical Education – encourage families to to participate in PE activities together with these 4 ideas

top PE 2017 blogs

Is your favorite activity on the list? Let us know what your favorite activities were for 2017 in the comments below!



Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar for Kids – Keeping Students Active

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Encouraging kids to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle is a main goal of both teachers and afterschool professionals. We have seen many teachers asking for monthly fitness calendars to challenge students to stay active during the year, and even to take home over school break and get their family involved.

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create our first fitness calendar for the month of January 2018! Here is the link to the download:

Printable January Fitness Calendar 

fitness challenge calendar

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Emoji Memory Game – Fitness & Team Building Activities

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Emoji PE game

Emoji’s are so popular now with both kids and adults. We wanted to adapt this theme so that teachers were able to include it in their lessons. Our new Jumbo Emoji Memory Game incorporates both team building and competition elements. It is also an active game with fitness elements and can be used in both after school programs and PE classes.

With rules for 5 different games, this game has entertaining options for 2 players or teams, ages 4 to adult! It includes 48 large cards with an emoji graphic on the front. There are a total of 23 different emojis. There are 2 cards showing each emoji except for the “poop” emoji for which there are 4 cards. The back of all the cards are the same and show an assortment of emojis and the game name. Some of the games have rules variations that call for the use of a pair of Fitness dice. Continue reading



PE Station Ideas for the Winter Athletic Games

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winter games pe lesson

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



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



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