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!

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PE Station Ideas for the Winter Athletic Games

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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

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How to Host a Literacy Night for Physical Education

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A Literacy Night is a great way to show how integrating literacy through physical activity is simple and can improve reading and writing abilities. You can work with classroom teachers, the PTO, and the community to put this event together. Here are a few physical activity ideas to include in the event to support your school’s efforts.

Yoga Cards

This company called the Alphabet Workout has a number of free and affordable activities that focus on teaching phonics and letters to young children struggling to learn this topic. One great activity to get exercise and improve the basics of reading at the same time is yoga. In this activity, a set of cards with letters on them correspond to different yoga poses. Each card has a picture of a child doing the pose on the front along with a short story about the pose on the back of the card for the teacher to read. Older students can read the story themselves as well as do the poses independently. Learn more about the benefits and how to incorporate yoga into your classroom. Continue reading

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5 PE Blindfold Activities for Elementary School

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Communicating with others verbally in a variety of situations is one of the soft skills for students to develop at the elementary level. I like using blindfold activities help students develop verbal communication skills as they determine the best vocabulary words to use to reach a desired outcome. Through the years, it’s been rewarding to see kids start to understand the importance of their verbal communication through blindfold activities. Some students feel frustrated with each other and want to give up. Other students stop and problem solve by choosing different vocabulary. Other students find quick success when they choose not to rush and understand that “slow and steady wins the race.”

Prior to participating in the blindfold activities, students brainstorm together what words to use in order to successfully guide someone who is not able to see to perform a variety of tasks. In all the activities below, students are only able to use words to guide their blindfolded partners. They are not allowed guide by touch or using their hands. The blindfolds I used are from S&S Worldwide.

Tour Guide

This is a great introductory activity. Students get in pairs and take turns guiding their blindfolded partner around the gym without running into anyone or anything. This activity enables students to practice and discover the best vocabulary words to use to guide their partner. Provide time for students to reflect and discuss with other students what words were successful for them.

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Featured PE Teacher – Carli Kelly

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

About Carli:

I teach Early Kindergarten – 6th grade PE and High School Health. I teach about 400 kids at Norway-Vulcan Area Schools in Michigan. My title is Physical Education/Health Teacher. This is my 8th year teaching!

Current Lesson Plan:

Right now in PE we are doing the EPEC Curriculum (Exemplary Physical Education) which is a Michigan PE curriculum. It is a comprehensive and flexible K-5 physical education and physical activity system leading to physical literacy for learners – More skill, more confidence and more motivation to be physically active today and tomorrow. There are 35 skills to teach that cover – Locomotor Skills, Object-Control Skills, Knowledge, Activity Fitness, and Personal/Social Skills. We are also working on Soccer skills, including Foot Dribbling and Instep Kick. For Middle School we are finishing up NFL Play60.

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