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



April Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our April Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

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

Printable Fitness Calendar April 2018

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Featured PE Teacher – Randy Watts

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

physical education Randy WattsAbout Randy:

My name is Randy Watts and I teach Middle School  6th, 7th and 8th graders. This my 25th year of teaching and all have been at Simpson Middle School in Marietta, Georgia. I have had the pleasure of teaching such cooperative students over the years and this has lead to several awards. Most recently I was honored as Simpson Middle School Teacher of the Year along with Cobb County P.E. TOTY twice. I have also received Georgia’s Program of the Year Award and Georgia’s Intramural Director of the Year.

I have also made efforts to create and submit information abut my game idea that is being licensed, which has motivated me to also promote many of my other unique lessons. I have recently been spending my time on the committee that is rewriting and reviewing the state of Georgia’s P.E. standards for grades K-12. Continue reading



Team Sled Challenge – PE Activity Using STEAM

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Add some STEAM to your PE or recreational program! Challenge students to work together to create a sled using cardboard and duct tape, which they will then use to race the other team through a simple track or obstacle course. This is a great team building activity and can even be used for your upcoming Field Day events.

To Get Started:

  • Divide students into teams of 4-7
  • Determine if you are going to use a Team Pull Hardness or a Rope for students to pull the sleds.
  • Each team can determine how their sled will be pulled. Teams can have the rider of the sled simply hold onto the harness or rope, or the harness or rope can be secured to the sled.
  • Each team is given the materials below.

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Featured PE Teacher – Christopher Jordan

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

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About Christopher:

I am a Physical Edication at Newbury Elementary School in Newbury, MA. I teach Kindergarten through 6th Grade, and a total of 405 students. I have been at Newbury Elementary School since I graduated college in January of 2016. I am currently working on a gymnastics unit with grades 2nd-6th.

PE Focus for 2018:

This year my school has introduced a new program called Life Skills for grades 4th-6th. It is essentially a class that promotes health in the area of personal development. Continue reading



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