We concluded our 2 week football unit today. Grades 3-5 continued to play 3 vs. 3 and grades K-2 played a tag type game that included carrying a football or kicking a soccer ball. This game teaches dodging and the act of changing directions.
The plan was to do our timed fall run on Tuesday. However, the weather may not cooperate. Our next unit will be lacrosse and will begin as soon as the weather allows us to go outside.
Have a great holiday weekend!!
Grades 3-5 started 3 vs. 3 touch (one hand or two) football today. It's a very modified verison of football that includes 1 QB, 1 WR, and 1 Center who hikes the ball (then becomes a WR). The offense has 4 downs to get a touchdown. Fields are about 30 yards long. If the offense does not score, the defense receives the ball on a kickoff. Football is a very unfamilar sport for many children. We were able to work through a lot of the confusion today so hopefully tomorrow will flow better.
Grades k-2 played a game called California rules football. This is a game where one player kicks off to the other, they pick up the ball and run trying to avoid being touched before crossing the white line. This game focuses on juking and avoiding taggers. After one attempt the two players switch jobs.
Football will continue to run through Friday. After Columbus Day weekend we are hoping to do our fall timed run and then begin lacrosse.
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.