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.
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.
Article by George Graham, Co-founder of PE Central
My grandkids have learned to read. They enjoy trying to solve math problems. But when I ask them what they have learned in physical education their answers are opaque. Mostly they tell me what they are doing in P.E.
In this short piece, I am suggesting that physical education teachers, and programs, should be able to describe at least some of what their students have actually learned in their classes. And the kids they are teaching should be able to show you what they have learned.
Physical education programs have a wide variability in the time allotted for classes, from a few days a year, to daily. Classes are also taught by specialists who have majored in physical education, and also by coaches and fitness specialists and classroom teachers. Continue reading →
Thursday afternoons have gone to the dogs at Boston Middle School in Laporte, Indiana. Well, actually only one dog! Her name is Newdle and she is a licensed therapy dog. Newdle is part Newfoundland and part Standard Poodle. Her owner, Colleen Mellendy brings her to The Media Center at Boston Middle School every Thursday afternoon to work with the special needs students. She also is part of a Grief Counseling group for students experiencing a loss through death. Newdle and Mellendy were found through Therapy Dogs International. They also work with Hospice patients.
Prior to Newdle’s arrival at Boston, students were taught how to approach a dog. They were told to always ask the owner if they could pet them before they made physical contact. They were shown to approach a dog with the back of their hand and to let the dog get to know them by sniffing their hand. Students were also taught how to give treats to a dog with an open hand and not with their fingers. Newdle’s favorite treats are belly rubs! Continue reading →
The EduCraft® Kaleidoscopes Craft Kit is one of our most popular craft kits. It makes 25 kaleidoscopes that rotate to make spectacular patterns. This is a great group activity for the classroom, afterschool, or at any educational program. View the instructions below, along with 7 different activites related to math, social studies, science, and written language.
Age group: 8 and up
Project Time: 60 minutes
Your kit contains:
Long Cardboard Tubes
Short Cardboard Tubes
Frosted Plastic Circles
Cardboard Circles with Hole
Clear Plastic Circles
Silver Acetate Sheets
Teaching Guide with instructions and illustrations