Students with Coach Bruce and Coach Kiefer started the basketball unit this week. Students are focusing on shooting and dribbling. Students in grades K-2 use playground balls. Students in grades 3-5 use intermediate size basketballs. The important part of teaching younger kids to shoot is to encourage them to shoot from the front of the their body. Because they are smaller with developing muscles, students will shoot over their head, or they will shoot a "potty" shot, or they will bring the ball back and over their shoulder. For grades K-2 we constantly say, "Shoot from the front of your body, elbows in, and use your legs." Those are the 3 items we try to drive home.
Students in Coach Haller's class began volleyball. We focus on serves, forearm passes (bump) and overhead passes. Students in grades 3-5 use beach balls. We do this to learn form. Grade 2 start with balloons and go to beach balls the last 10 minutes of class. Students in grade 1 use balloons.
Coach Haller's kindergarten students are in with Coach Bruce and Coach Kiefer doing basketball.
For the first time this year our PE classes have separated. Coach Kiefer and Coach Bruce's classes are in the large gym. They began a basketball unit on Tuesday.
Most of Coach Haller's classes are in the MP room. The two exceptions to this are Mrs. Gatto's class and Ms. Vincent's class who are meetin in the large gym for basketball. In the MP room, students began volleyball on Tuesday focusing on hand placement for serves, forearm passes, and overhead passes. Grades K-2 mainly use balloons and grades 3-5 use beach balls.
We will continue to separate for about 6 weeks. The plan is to do volleyball, basketball, and hockey for about 2 weeks each.
Made 3 posts last week, none of them saved for some reason. I apologize for not realizing it sooner. Things are working now.
Last week we completed our Midnight Bowling unit. We set up 12 lanes, played holiday music, and turned out the lights so we could cover the ceiling in a light show while they students bowled. It's a yearly favorite! Ask your child about it!
This week is an odd week. We are in the big gym Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Due to the concert, we will have three classes in the MP room. This limits what we are able to do because the MP room wasn't meant to house 55 kids.
Monday we played an aiming and throwing game called pinball. Today we played Four Corner Free for All. Ask them about these games too!
Changes made to this week's Super Hero Training Circuit include:
Last week students spent all week in Super Hero Training (formerly gymnastics circuit). Each center is based on a super hero. The circuits included:
Rock wall (Spiderman)
The Beast (The Beast)
Small tunnel (Aqua Man)
Balance beam (Hawkeye)
Mat work (Storm)
Cargo net beast (Thor)
Stepping stones (Batman)
Ramp and Ladders (Wonder Woman)
Blue Hill (Captain America)
Tunnels (Iron Man)
Starting Monday, December 4, some of the circuits will remain for week 2 of training while others will be replaced with new activities and thus, new super heroes. Keep sending the kids in with super hero t-shirts. They really seem to enjoy it.
Ask them about Spider-Man! We have a blowup Spider-Man that we move each day to different spots in the gym. The first thing they do when they enter the gym is find his new location!
Super Hero Training began on Tuesday!
Our hope is your child came home and talked all about it!
Thank you to the many of you who dressed your child in super hero t-shirts. It was a perfect fit for the day.
In the next day I will explain the different stations the children visit. For now we hope you find out most of what you need to know from the kids themselves. They were very excited!
We will continue Super Hero Training all week!
If your child has a super hero t-shirt at home (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Spiderman, The Beast, Captain America, Night Crawler, Aqua Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, etc. ) please have them wear it Tuesday to school. Tuesday marks the beginning of Super Hero Training!
Today we played Hula Hut knockdown!
What's a hula hut? See the video below.
Each team has 5 huts on their side of the gym. The first team to knockdown the other team's huts wins. However, when a hut is knocked down builders can quickly construct a new hut. If all 5 huts are down at one time, the game is over and that team wins.
Each team has throwers, blockers (protect the huts), and builders (reconstruct the huts).
Sorry for the delay in writing.
This week we had 3 days of school. We didn't want to start or next unit on a short week so each of the three PE teachers chose one game to play each day.
On Monday Mr. Haller chose to play a catching and throwing game called Lord of the Rings. Students throw to teammates inside a hula hoop. If their teammate catches the ball and keeps both feet inside the hoop then they get that hoop. Team with the most hoops wins. There were 10 total teams.
On Tuesday Coach Bruce chose to play Escape. It is a team building game where each team has a scooter and a a rope and they must get their entire team across the ocean(gym) without touching the floor. If successful, teams try again with one team member being blindfolded. A lot of fun!
On Wednesday Coach Kiefer chose Turkey Farm. Students are given a turkey color and must collect all 17 turkeys as fast as they can. When they have all 17 they must unscramble the letters on the back of the turkeys to find the secret message. First team to do so won! Students in grades K & 1 ordered their turkeys 1-17 instead of unscrambling the letters.
Next Tuesday we become Super Heroes! Check back to see what I mean!
We cotinue to add different mat movements each day. Since my last post we added (depending on the grade and how quickly they worked through movements each day):
Inch worm with forward roll
Cartwheel (5th grade only as of Thursday)
Students not comfortable with performing a forward roll are allowed to "pass" and choose any other movement in it's place. We demontrate all movements and provide spotter assistance on any movement a child is unsure about.
The key to a forward roll is to protect the neck. We do so by showing them how to land on their upper back when they roll.
It is not suggested students perform these at home without a proper mat beneath them.