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



St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Physical Education

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Whether you’re Irish or not- today is your lucky day! PE Central has compiled a list of bulletin board ideas, warm-up activities and lesson ideas that will help you get your students moving this St. Patrick’s Day.

Bulletin Board Ideas

  • We Are So Lucky to Have PE – As we know & champion for, physical education is important and there’s nothing like this cute bulletin board idea to remind your students and school how lucky they are to have it.

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100th Day of School PE Activities

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100th day of school peCelebrate the 100th Day of School with fun physical education activities that get students active! We have found some great ideas from teachers on PE Central that incorporate the number 100 in their lesson. Some of these even have free downloads to save you time. You can plan stations, fitness exercises, dribbling, and even stacking challenges and tailor them to this theme.

Grades K-2

  • 100th Day of School – Students will practice their motor & sports skills by performing a variety of activities 100 times, such as jump rope and dribbling. Use the checklist provided in the lesson.
  • 100 Days – Ball Skills – Fill the gym with 100 different types of balls. Call out a locomotor movement as the music begins, and students must move around without touching any ball. Also incorporates the fun game Hungry Hungry Hippo!

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10 Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

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basketball pe lessonWhile looking through the thousands of lesson ideas published on PE Central, we found many basketball related activities published over the past 20 years. With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to put some of our favorite basketball lesson ideas on one page so teachers could find them easily. If you are interested in teaching dribbling with finger pads to young children, teaching the proper techniques for chest or bounce passes, or if you want ideas for teaching youngsters how to shoot a basketball, you have come to the right place! We even found an amazing, unedited, 22-minute basketball lesson that we list first!

Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

Teaching Dribbling

  • Elementary PE Dribbling with Basketball Lesson Video – Watch Elementary PE Teacher Tom Winieki teach a lesson on basketball dribbling to his 4th graders. This video will give you a great perspective on how to effectively teach the skills of basketball in a very small space. Watch how he differentiates instruction for so many children.

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Integrating Literacy Into Physical Education

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literacy physical educationIt is everyone’s job, including PE teachers, to prepare students with the skills to succeed in today’s job market. Aside from math, literacy is the most fundamental skill any student needs to succeed in a global economy.

Common Core – The Future of PE

As times have changed, so too has the role of physical educators. My first physical education teaching job was in a very old and small Catholic private school. The school was virtually on an island surrounded by three streets and a shopping center—and there was no gym.  All I had to work with was a parking lot with a backdrop of a major discount thrift store and a small room with a big pole in the middle of it.  If a soccer ball was kicked too hard, it would wind up in the street.  To say it was ideal is a misnomer.

I had been hired to replace the teacher who founded the physical education course at the school. The teacher was a bit old school. She recommended I do games like push cans with sticks to build fine motor skills. The equipment was severely lacking of anything modern.  My primary focus at the time was to modernize the program and teach sport skills. Fast forward to today and it is no longer just enough to teach sport skills.  It is no longer enough to focus on physical skills alone.  The new expectation, outside of a lifetime fitness-based approach to a physical education program, is the integration of common core subject areas into PE. Continue reading



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