We continued with mat work Tuesday and for the rest of the week.
Tuesday we added:
Shrimp (for those that didn't get to it Monday)
Superman (for those that didn't get to it Monday)
Before learning these new movements, we give 5 minutes to practice the movements learned from the day before. These included log roll, egg roll, and crab walks.
We began mat work, or gymnastics today. We prefer to call it mat work because gymnastics uses different apparatus and the gymnast will fly though the air. We use no apparatus and the students always remain in contact with the floor.
We remind the students that performing these movements is not a race. The students must fight the urge to go fast and try to beat their neighbor down the mat. Gymnastics is judged on form, speed has nothing to do with it.
Students will learn 3-5 new movements per day.
For today, we learned:
Spiderman (grades 4 & 5 only)
Crab walk (forward, backward, sideways)
Ask your son/daughter which is their favorite!
Our second week of fitness centers kicked off today. Everything is the same as last week except the center itself. Refer to the last blog post to see what we did last week.
Here are the fitness centers for this week:
1) Steps with weights
2) Balloon battle
3) Pull up bar
4) Skier or snowboarder
5) Fitness dice
6) Large buckets
7) Punch and dodge
8) Relay race
9) Balance board maze
11) Falling sticks
12) Pushup mat
14) Running man
15) Weighted jumpropes for grades 3-5; regular jumpropes for K-2
We moved indoors this week to begin or annual Fitness Week! Students work in groups of 4 through 15 different fitness stations. They spend 2 minutes at each station before a horn signals each group to move up to the next one. Stations are intended to work different muscles of the body and improve cardio. Stations include:
1) Aeorbic steppers
2) Medicine balls
3) Pull up bars
4) Grades 3-5 Stacking cup races to improve hand-eye coordination
Grades K-2 Manipulating salad tongs by plucking toy frogs out of a box (improves fine motor skills)
5) Ab rollers (K-2 just steer them around; Grades 3-5 attempt to use them correctly)
6) 2 & 3 pound weights (walking with them, lifting them, curling them)
7) Vertical jump
8) Pushup bars
9) Tug of War
10) Duck walkers (for balance)
12) Hula Hoop
13) Stability balls
14) Agility ladders
15) Broad jump
Students will work through these stations Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday we will take a break from these stations and play a game.
Note: Last week Coach Bruce sent home intramural signup forms for grades 4 & 5. Students could choose to take a signup sheet. If your child would like to participate, please return the form to your classroom teacher.
Grades 3-5 finished lacrosse today. Grades K-2 played the same game as Wednesday except this time their were 3 studetns with noodles who had to tag them (simulating defense). If the student picks up a ball with their scoop and gets tagged, they must return the ball. Team with the most balls at the end wins.
Next week we will be indoors (unless a really nice November day should appear). We will begin our fitness centers.
Reminder: Trunk or treat tonight here at school! Wear costumes and come have a great time!
We were able to get back outside today. The grass was wet early. Good time to remind the kids that they should store some extra socks and a pair of old sneakers in their lockers or cubbies.
Grades 3-5 continued with lacrosse games of 4 verse 4. Grades K-2 used scoops to play a game called Castle Crashers. Ask your child how it's played!
Lacrosse will continue for the rest of this week.
Grades 3-5 began 4 vs. 4 lacrosse games. All students must be properly equipped to play. This includes goggles and gloves.
Grades K-2 had target practice using scoops and aiming for cones scattered all throughout the field.
Rainy forcast makes indoor PE look like a sure thing the next couple of days.
Reminder to send students with sneakers each day!
Yesterday students completed their second and final attempt at the timed fall run. Students will not be timed again until the spring. Fifth grade students who did not have PE yesterday will do their run today.
The rest of the classes will continue with lacrosse today focusing mainly on how to do faceoff.
Have a good weekend!
We stayed inside until 10:00 today due to early low temperatures and a slippery field due to frost. Whether inside or outside, grade 3-5 students competed in lacrosse skill relay races. Skills included shooting, scooping, cradling, and raking. Grades K-2 did the same type skills only using scoops instead of lacrosse sticks.
Yesterday we stayed inside due to it being too wet. We played team Sink the Ship. Here's the link I shared last year so you can see how Sink the Ship is played.
Students ran the fall timed run today.
Students in grades K & 1 run 1/3 mile. (1 lap)
Students in grades 2 & 3 run 2/3 mile. (2 laps)
Students in grades 4 & 5 run 1 mile. (3 laps)
A rubric is used by the coaches to determine where each student falls. Students can earn level 4 outstanding, level 4 excellent, level 3 good, level 3 satisfactory, level 2 below grade level, or level 1 well below grade level.
The results for each child will appear on the second marking period report card.