Friday, April 24, 2015

Dance Unit for P.E. class

Before spring break, the music teacher and I combined our classes to create a 55 minute dance lesson.   Our K-5th grade students learned a variety of dances including basic moving to music (Just Dance videos), Line dances, and Circle dances. We had a total of 2 class periods (55 min each).  We had fun!

You may view and print my dance lesson plans at this link:  Dance Lessons

 Below is a video of 4th graders doing the Limbo Dance (my version of the dance) by Daddy Yankee

This was my Agenda on the board for the 1st day (3rd-5th)

I put up signs for the dance steps.

The P.E. and Music teachers created a video of the TIMBER LINE DANCE and projected it for students to follow along.

Our standards/ I CAN statements posted for students.

My board

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

MAHPERD Workshop

This morning I presented at the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Workshop.  I had a great time meeting other P.E. teachers, and learning new things.   Below are links to my Keynote presentation and also my hand-out.

Keynote Presentation

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Games for Physical Education Class

Below are some links to my previous blog posts for Easter Games!

P.E. Easter Egg Hunt (Relay)

Easter Egg Hunt, Jellybean Tag, Easter Tag

Easter Egg Tag

Jellybean Wars

Jellybean Tag

Easter Egg Color Sort (blog post for students with special needs)

Please leave a comment if you try one of these activities.  I'd love to hear how it goes!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

P.E. Activities for Elementary Special Education Students: Students with disabilities and students with Autism

The year after I graduated college, I worked as a substitute teacher, and also as a paraprofessional in a
special education classroom - for students with Autism.  I learned SO much through that experience.  In particular, I realized how important it is for students with disabilities to have the same quality education as students without disabilities.  

I remember going to P.E. with the class and being disappointed.  We did the same thing every week - jogged around the gym for 2 minutes, then spent the rest of the class period pulling kids around on scooters. 

I knew that someday when I got a teaching job, I would try to do so much more for students with disabilities.   I know it can be challenging working with this population of students...... it takes more time, preparations, and planning on your part.  However, it is worth the effort!  Do not underestimate what this group of students can accomplish in your P.E. class!  The Golden Rule is a good thing to remember: "treat others as you would like to be treated"..........if you were a person with a disability, how would you want teachers and other students to treat you? 

If you are struggling for ideas to use with your special education students, please see the videos below for a few suggestions:

Sample Obstacle Course Videos -
Another Fun Obstacle Course -
Body Bowling (Log Roll, Pencil Roll, Somersault) -
Balloons - 
ABC Matching Relay -
Thanksgiving Dinner Relay -
Hide and Seek Hearts -
Valentine Relay -
Color Sorting Relay - 
Mini Obstacle Course Warm-Up - 
Easter Egg Hunt with Color Sorting -
Rainbow Relay -
Christmas Scooter Activity -
Scooter Ships -
Christmas Activity -
Star Wars Throwing Game -
Sink the Ship Throwing Game -
Stop-Go-Slow - 
Dinonastics -
Yoga -
Center Ideas -
Poly Spot Relay -
Puzzle Relay -

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Basketball Lessons for K-5th grade with Minute Club Warm-Up and St. Patricks Day Game

For the month of March, the students will be focusing on Basketball Skills.  We are doing the Minute
basketball lesson agenda
Club Warm-Up, and 3rd-5th graders are practicing curl-ups and push-ups in preparation for their Fitnessgram fitness testing.  The minute club is really motivating students to jog and maintain a steady pace!  They have been excited to earn these Minute Club certificates!

These are some of the activities the students participated in this week:
1)  Ball Handling Drills (K-5th)
2)  Dribbling Drills (K-5) - Poly Spot Dribbling (K-2) Dribbling Tag (5th)
3)  Shooting (2nd-5th) - Shooting Game "Hot Shot" (3rd-5th)
4)  Gold Coin Exercise Game (for St. Patrick's Day) - this is something I made up this week after buying a ton of plastic gold coins from the dollar store.  It was fun and the kids got a lot of exercise!

 This is a video of the game HOT SHOT - players had 1 minute to shoot baskets, trying to score as many points as possible. Four people were at each hoop.

Video of "Poly Spot Dribbling" idea from
2nd grader playing "poly spot dribbling".  Players walk or jog and dribble throughout the area and stop at poly spots to dribble on knees (there are numbers written on my poly spots with permanent marker).

These are the gold coins I purchased from the Dollar Store and used for the GOLD COIN EXERCISE GAME.

excercises picking berries
GOLD COIN EXERCISE game - Students earned a gold coin by doing 10 exercises on the poly spots.  They placed their coins in the "girl bucket" or the "boy bucket" and continued earning more and more coins.  I stopped the game every 2 mins to change exercises (picking berries, jumping jacks, push-ups, etc).

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Best P.E. Game - Sink the Ship (throwing, catching, rolling a ball)

Before we begin our basketball unit in March, I decided to have a fun week and play one of my favorite games - SINK THE SHIP from
Sample of how I set up each ship.

Click on the videos below to learn how to play!

Explanation of Game:

Video of 3rd graders playing SINK THE SHIP:

These two videos are examples of using 2 giant ships instead of 4: (2 teams instead of 4) (5th graders) (DK class)

When possible, match up colors of ships with lifeboats - green ship with green lifeboats (mat and scooters).  This helps the students understand which team they are on and how to clean up when game is finished.

Friday, February 20, 2015

P.E. Centers: Tumbling - Log Roll, Pencil Roll

Because of mid-winter break this week and half days for parent-teacher conferences, I only saw my K-2nd grade students.  I took them to the upper level gym for center activities.   We have a wrestling mat upstairs, which is very convenient for teaching tumbling.  The new skill the students practiced was tumbling:  Log Roll and Pencil Roll.   I also introduced the somersault (forward roll) and they will practice that next week.

When I asked the students why they thought it's important to learn tumbling, they had some great answers:  1)  In case your body catches on fire - stop, drop and roll.  2)  If you fall playing sports - being able to roll helps protect your body.  3)  If you fall off of a bike or roller blades - rolling helps protect your body.  4)  To know how to roll down a hill - it's fun! 5) If you take gymnastics class you use these skills.

The other center options this week were an Obstacle Course, Hula Hoops and Jump Ropes.  See pics below!
I set up two wedge mats and made signs to tape to the cones for Log Roll and Pencil Roll. Next week students will practice somersaults and backwards somersaults.

I taped a real pencil at the bottom of the sign to show the kids the "pointy top and eraser feet".

Student practicing the pencil roll.

This is the obstacle course I set up - begin on the low balance beam, touch the top of the small cone, crawl through tunnel, go through the "ring of fire", weave through bowling pins, hurdle and touch top of small cone, 2 more hurdles, jump inside 2 tires and cross the finish line (and touch the STOP button like on American Ninja Warrior).  They loved it!
Hula Hoop Center