PTA Carnival and Ice Cream Social is being held tonight at Scott M. Ellis! Fun for the whole family! Hope to see you all there!
The heat was replaced by some serious wind. We did go outside today, however. Grades 3-5 worked on 5 pass patterns. They include the hook, go, in, out, and slant patterns. The wind made throwing a football very difficult, so by the end of the day students were mainly just working on throwing and catching. Hopefully tomorrow the wind will slow and we can continue with pass patterns.
Grades K-2, because of the wind, played with playground balls out on the field.
Ice cream social is Friday night! Bring the family down for some ice cream!
For the safety and well being of our students, the administration of our schools decided that the excessive heat was a health risk these last two days. As a result, PE class was held indoors. It was suggested that student activity be very limited. Exercising, running, and any activity that raises heart rate was scraped. On Tuesday students came to the large gym and were allowed to read, draw, play board games, or use Legos.
On Wednesday students had the same options. However, in an attempt to do something football related (our new unit started Monday), we showed a 90 second NFL rules video and followed it up with a quick group quiz on the rules of the game.
The weather will break for Thursday. We will continue going outside then.
The link for football rules video is below:
Link for group quiz:
We ended our soccer unit today. Grades 3-5 continued playing games the rest of the week. Grades K-2 played a variety of games that helped them work on dribbling and evading defenders.
Next week we begin a new unit. The unit will be football. We will focus on throwing, catching, basic route running, punting, and kicking off a tee. Grades 3-5 will play a game called California Football. I will let you know when we begin California Football so you can ask your child to explain it.
Lastly, we will focus on how to play touch football safely. We will focus on recess time football especially.
Have a good weekend! Enjoy the fall weather? Or summertime weather?
Sorry for the delay in posting these last few days.
Students in grades 3-5 began soccer games today. Games are played on a 1/4 field and generally are 6 vs 6, 7 vs. 7. We are really focusing on staying spread out and passing to open teammates.
Students in grades K-2 have been playing Pirates Gold! It's a game that involves dribbling a ball away from pirates searching for gold (the ball). We focus on dribbling the ball with "little kicks" to keep it close so the other team (pirates) can't take it away.
We also extended our daily run. After exercises all grades run a lap. Each lap is 1/3 mile long. Ask your child if they can run the 1/3 of a mile without stopping to walk!
Have a good night!
On Tuesday all students were taken by their PE teachers down to the green fitness equipment parallel to the access road that connects the schools. Mr. Mahan wanted to reopen that section of the playground and had asked the PE department to review with the students how to safely use each piece of equipment. The children were seen using the equipment at recess today. Ask them about the type of equipment over there!
Wednesday saw us back on the soccer field with all classes. Grades k-2 worked on passing and trapping skills. These grades use playground balls. Grades 3-5 worked on dribbling skills with size 4 soccer balls.
Have a good night!
We finally went outside today! We began our soccer unit. All classes met in the MP room and after completing their daily exercises went outside. We began by running a modified lap. Grades 3-5 worked on controlling the soccer ball with their feet by completing various drills led by Mrs. Kiefer. Grades K-2 were shown what dribbling a soccer ball looks like and given time to practice it. Additional directions were given when the whistle blew telling the children what to do with the ball. For example, we may say "Stop the ball with your knee." We can then gauge each student and class in their ability to follow directions.
We will continue soccer tomorrow!
Reminder: Field is real wet each morning. You may want to send in an old pair of sneakers to use in PE and a change of socks.
Indoor recess led to adjustments in the schedule. Some of Haller's classes were by themselves in the MP room and some of Haller's classes were combined in the large gym with Bruce and Kiefer. This is normally not a big deal, but on the second day of school when kids are still learning routines it can cause some confusion. However, the children did a good job of adjusting.
Some students in grades 3-5 who have Haller played indoor soccer. Haller's other classes may have played elbow tag, noodle tag, or "Get to Know Your Classmates." "Get to Know Your Classmates" is a game where children learn about their classmates' favorite color, food, subject, etc. They move to different spots of the gym based on their answers. This was played by some of Haller's classes and all of the classes for Bruce and Kiefer.
We continue to work on routines while learning our daily exercises. Many of our exercises are new. Ask your child to show you some of the new exercises including popcorn, scissor jacks, plank punches, and airplane.
There are lots of kids with no sneakers. Please ensure your child has sneakers each day.
On behalf of the PE department, I'd like to welcome all our families and students back to Scott M. Ellis! We hope you had a relaxing summer. We are looking forward to another successful and fun year in PE!
Most classes attended PE today minus three fifth grades. They will begin tomorrow. Today students were introduced to their exercise spots. Then we discussed rules and expectations. The major focus of these conversations revolved around safety, kindness, and following directions.
A few reminders regarding PE:
1) Grades K-3 have PE daily. Grades 4 & 5 four days a week.
2) Sneakers need to be worn everyday for PE class. Please send your child to school with sneakers.
3) Jewelry needs to removed in order to participate in PE. Earrings are a major safety concern. Please teach your child how to remove their earrings. Newly pierced ears will be taped until they are allowed to be removed.
4) Skirts and dresses can be worn to PE only if the child wears shorts or leggings underneath. This is a privacy issue as we exercise daily.
Check back daily for updates about our day in PE!