In this wonderful story about words and reading, a little yellow bird teaches a dog named Rocket the alphabet. Soon he discovers the joy of using letters to make words and reading stories all by himself!
Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2
Gather the class on the rug to introduce How Rocket Learned to Read. 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 marvel and captivated. Write the new words on chart paper.
After the picture walk, read the story to the class.
If you have an extra 15 minutes you can accomplish three things in your classroom:
Calm yourself and your students
Engage them in a story
Become more physically fit
You can accomplish all of this through Storytelling Yoga. It combines two popular yet age old activities; storytelling and yoga. The benefits of both activities alone are incredible, but when combined, you will likely engage more students than you normally would using only one of the two. This appeals to visual learners, audio learners and kinesthetic learners. Continue reading →
It 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 →