Spending time engaging with building toys, from blocks to Brackitz, has dozens of proven benefits both at home and in the classroom. According to early childhood experts at NAEYC, block play builds problem solving and strategic thinking skills; imagination and creativity; self-expression, language, and social skills; self-esteem and confidence; and so much more. But the learning doesn’t stop with early childhood.
Engineering sets like Brackitz take things one step further, introducing and providing hands-on experience with STEM skills, principles, and vocabulary including gravity, symmetry, balance, stability, measurement, units, addition, subtraction, and more.
Plus, it’s fun! Students of all ages love building and it’s an easy activity to incorporate into any classroom schedule. Continue reading →
Idea: Do just about anything – but collect money for it. Here’s a list of ideas for marathon-style events.
Bike-a-thons & trike-a-thons: Older kids complete miles and younger ones laps around a track. One Tricycle Rodeo in California even had the trikes decked out like steeds, with the tots in full cowboy regalia!
Miracle Marathons: Kids log a cumulative 26.2 miles of walking, running, or other exercise over a designated period of time.
Serve-a-thons: Students volunteer a number of hours to clean up city parks, visit nursing homes, or perform other acts of kindness.
Read-a-thons: Kids collect pledges for finishing books, or they participate in a marathon read-aloud session.
Think-a-thons: Kids commit themselves to learning a certain amount of information.
I am a Physical Education teacher at Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls, TX. I teach grades 3k – 5th, and a total of approximately125 students. I am lucky enough to have been teaching for 23 years.
PE Focus for 2018
My focus is always: “Helping all young people enjoy physical activity now and for the rest of their lives!” This quote is taken from one of my TAHPERD Journals, and I love it so much. Continue reading →
Bring the history of picture frames and artwork to life with this educational craft activity using our Historical Art Frames Craft Kit. This is a great project to combine with the new popular Google app called Arts & Culture. Students can use the app to discover which museum portrait they match with, then draw their portrait inside the frames!
Age Group: 7 and up Project Time: 30 minutes
Craft Kit Contains:
Cardstock frame designs (4 designs, total of 12 frames)
Joel Smedes, PE teacher at Vientiane International School in Vientiane, Laos shares his Human Frogger activity idea used for an Adventure Challenges unit. It’s a fun way to turn games into reality!
Human Frogger – Land
This game is an original that I created. I simply got the inspiration from the popular Human Hungry Hippos activity. I brainstormed ways we could have students act as frogs to get across to the other side. After a bit of trial and error within our class, we came up with the following format, where one frog is protected by their team to help them cross the floor, avoiding the balls being rolled at them.