May Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our May Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of May 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar May 2018

May Fitness Challenge Calendar

Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For May, kids (and parents!) can practice simple fitness exercises during the week and on weekends, plus some tennis and volleyball themed activities. Continue reading



Wall, Net and Floor Game Variations to Spike and Slam Ball Play

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Spikeball game variations

By now you’ve probably heard of and/or played games like Spikeball® or Slammo. You may have even introduced them to your PE Program or purchased a set to have at your summer camp or after school program. Besides being fun and engaging, these games can provide a challenge, even for athletic players. They are similar to volleyball – physically demanding with quick movements, hand-eye coordination, and then throw in strategy – well you’ve got yourself quite the physical activity!

Introducing different types of wall, net and floor spike games can be really rewarding for students for a number of reasons. The games are fun, fast paced, challenging AND they are relatively new – so it’s exciting! Plus, there are a number of skills that are addressed using SHAPE National Standards for K-12 from striking and volleying, to strategy and creating space. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Sandra Hagenbach

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Sandra Hagenbach!

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Myself and some students from my FUTP60 team at a Packer game which we attended by winning a contest

About Sandra:

I am a Physical Education teacher at Heritage Elementary School in De Pere, Wisconsin. I teach Kindergarten through fourth grade, and we have about 500 students at my school. I’ve been teaching for over 30 years! I love to integrate classroom literacy with physical literacy. And my favorite part about being a PE teacher is seeing a student smile when they are successful.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

We teach a Nutrition Unit and then have “Heart Week”. Heart Week consists of a full gym Circulatory System obstacle course that teaches the circulatory system and heart health. Our Nutrition Unit emphasizes the concepts of Whoa-Slow-G0 foods, Energy IN=Energy Out and the number of servings needed a day from the MyPlate food groups for older students. Younger students concentrate on identifying the food groups and eating a balanced diet from all the food groups. The older students get to use the app Eat & Move O’Matic which helps teach the concept of Energy In=Energy Out.  Younger students have fruit, vegetable, grain and protein bean bags to sort and catch as they learn about the food groups. Continue reading



How to Integrate Math into Physical Education

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It seems like mathematics is a subject that falls into three categories: you like it, you know enough to get by, or you absolutely hate it. For those who love it, I applaud you all. Now you can learn how to share your passion with your students.

Math is an integral part of our students’ lives. The reasons are obvious on the surface. It is is important in real life situations, from learning the basics of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication to counting, and using money. Beyond that though, a student who feels the joy of math will be on the path to acheiving great things.

Integration of mathematics can be as simple or complex as you choose and material dictates. From solving the basic addition problem while practicing an exercising, to as complex as figuring out how the angle of a basketball shot will dictate the velocity of how it rebounds from the rim, there is no perfect or right way to integrate math into PE. However, there are some proven strategies from both experienced teachers and the science of how students learn that work best. Continue reading



Colorful Buckets Activity – Kicking Unit for PE

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By Erik Myer, Elementary PE Teacher

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The other day I was looking for a different type of kicking activity to do with my students.  I decided to take a look at Coach Pirillo’s YouTube channel for inspiration. I came across a game called Colorful Pins. What was unique about this game is that he had his students kicking a deck ring across the floor rather than a ball. I decided I wanted to try this game out with my students. 

Since I didn’t have three foot tall inflatable pins that Ben was using with his classes, I had to modify the activity with the equipment I had on hand. The pins that Ben were using were the six colors of a rainbow. There were also cards of similar color that would be collected if you hit a pin with the deck ring. My idea was to use my rainbow colored buckets. They are much smaller and lighter than the pins. I added 8-10 bean bags to each bucket to weigh them down so they would not move much or get knocked over.

I then went to Coach Pirillo’s website to download the free cards he made available. After downloading the set of cards, I laminated them so they would hold up over time. Continue reading



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