Sunday, November 16, 2014

P.E. Tossing and Catching, Fun Thanksgiving Game


Check out what we did in P.E. class this week:
1)  Warm-Up Variety / Move and Stretch Warm-Up
2)  Tossing and Catching practice (Individual Stunts-Stations)
4)  "The Turkey and the Farmer" Game (created by Tracy Zappone)

Enjoy the pics/videos below!

Here is a diagram of the game "The Turkey and the Farmer".


Wednesday's Agenda

Friday's Agenda

Set up for "Save the Treasure" game - Hula Hoops were the islands and the blue poly spots are where students stood to toss it to the "Islander" (the person who stood inside the hula hoop to catch "treasure" aka. beanbags.


Another view of the set up for "Save the Treasure".  Cones were used for warm-up.
Video of Catching Drills/Stunts/Tricks

Video of the game "The Turkey and the Farmer" created by Tracy Zappone:



Friday, November 7, 2014

Tossing and Catching - Elementary P.E. Class


I always enjoy teaching students about tossing and catching.  I like to begin our catching unit with students practicing individually.  After 2-3 class periods we practice tossing and catching with partners.  I usually use bean bags the first week to teach some basic catching skills and tricks/stunts, then use a variety of balls and fun objects to catch with the following week (such as bean bag animals, rubber animals, balls with different textures, etc.).

Here is what we did this week:
1) Warm Up Variety
2) Catching Drills
Details:  Catching with right and left hands, both hands, sit and catch, kneel and catch, catch switching hands, catching stunts = Toss/Clap/Catch, Toss/Kneel/Catch and Toss/Stand Up/Catch  (I teach "stunts" to 3rd-5th grades, and some easy stunts with 2nd graders. 
3) Save the Treasure Game - see videos of this game below!

For P.E. teachers who are looking for more information on my catching unit, please visit my previous blog post for catching http://carly3.blogspot.com/search?q=catching, and also refer to Robert Pangrazi's book "Dynamic Physical Education" for some great information!  This was the text book I used in college and I have found it very useful over the years.  Here is a link to his Lesson Plan Book, which also has tons of great ideas!

Very first drill was to SIT and catch - this helps students practice tossing the bean bag directly above their head and helps them stay in their own personal space "bubble".

Very first drill was to SIT and catch - this helps students practice tossing the bean bag directly above their head and helps them stay in their own personal space "bubble".
 
These two videos are students practicing the stunt "Toss/Clap/Catch"
 
The next three videos are of the game "Save The Treasure".  The mats are the pirate ship with pirate taggers on it.  The players are trying to save the treasure "bean bags" and bring it back to the "islanders" who are on the islands (hula hoops).  Players who are tagged by pirates had to do 10 jumping jacks or 5 push-ups to re-enter the game.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

K-5th Grade Obstacle Course

Today I took my classes to our gym's upper level to do the Fitnessgram Flexed Arm Hang Test.  While I was testing, students were able to participate in jump rope, an obstacle course, and the monkey bar ladder.  Below is a video of a 5th grade student demonstrating the obstacle course. 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

P.E. Warm-Up Activity, Real Food Day Game, Trick or Treat Tag Game

This week I taught all of my students a new Warm-Up Activity called "Warm-Up Variety".  I used to call this "Four Corners", but changed the name since I decided to use 5 cones/signs instead of 4 (for 3rd-5th grade).  Below are 3 videos of this warm-up.  Students practiced running, the crab walk, and the bear walk.  They were huffing and puffing after 3-4 minutes of this activity!  I took a close up picture of the signs I used on the cones (see below).
These sign covers were a great purchase.  I use them all the time!

Today was "Real Food Day", so my 3-5th graders learned about real foods verses processed foods.  We played a game called "Fruit and Veggie Tag" to celebrate real foods.  Players who were tagged had to sit down and wait for the helper to bring them a fruit or vegetable.  Then they ran over and classified their item as a fruit or veggie by placing it in the labeled box.  Between each 2-3 minute round of the game, I called on 3 students to give examples of real or processed foods.  See video below of this game!

The K-2nd grade students learned a variety of new exercises and practiced them during the "Trick or Treat Tag" game.  Tagged players had to go "trick or treating" - which meant they rolled the dice and did that many exercises.  They also practiced MATH by rolling 2 or 3 dice and adding them together to do more exercises.  Between each 2-3 minute round of the game we stopped and I called on 3 students to give an example of how to be SAFE if they go trick or treating.  They had a lot of fun!  See video below.



Pic of 5th graders doing the crab walk during the warm-up.

Crab Walk

Trick or Treat Tag - students going to the "Push-Up House".


Saturday, October 18, 2014

P.E. Centers for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades

Yesterday my 3rd-5th graders completed some of the fitnessgram fitness tests and had choice time.  My K-2nd grade student participated in center activities.  I assessed leaping, galloping and skipping at one center while they rotated through the other centers of soccer, balloons/paddles, bean bag toss and hula hoops.  Here are a couple of videos!

Next week we will take a break from assessments and have some fun playing some fun, fitness HALLOWEEN GAMES!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

PE in October - Soccer, Centers, Fitness Testing, Warm-Ups

Hi Everyone - This month the students have been finishing up our soccer unit, participating in the fall Fitnessgram fitness testing (3rd-5th), and learning how to do center activities.  I've posted many pictures and VIDEOS below.  I finally got some videos of our Kindergarten and 1st graders.  They are doing a great job listening, following directions/procedures, and playing nicely with each other.

PE Teachers - There is one printable game in this blog post for PINBALL.  I played Pin Kickball which is the same except kicking the balls to knock down pins instead of rolling them.  See diagram below and printable google doc for directions.
Friday 10-10-14

PIN KICKBALL diagram

Agenda from 10-15-14


1st graders showing me how to sit nicely at the circle.  The circle is our listening spot and the procedure is to sit with hands in laps behind the circle line.  Nice job 1st graders!

1st graders using hula hoops
Kindergartener practicing STEP-KICK to knock down his bowling pin.



Impressive!






Monday, October 6, 2014

October Games for P.E. - Halloween Tag/ Pumpkin Tag

This post is for my fellow P.E. teachers out there who are looking for fun tag games to play in October.  I like to save the last 5-7 minutes of class for games such as these.  Below are some links to previous blog posts with videos and instructions for these games.  There are also some links to google documents which are easy to print.  Enjoy!

Printable - CANDY CORN and PUMPKIN Tag
Printable - Trick or Treat Tag
Blog Post - Haunted House or Corn Maze Tag
Blog Post - Hide and Seek Trick or Treat Tag
Blog Post - Thanksgiving Tag
Blog Post - Christmas Games


New Game - Pumpkin Patch:  A fellow P.E. teacher recently told me about this game.  I am posting it here so I'll remember to play it next year!  The object of the game is for players to get pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and deliver them to the houses (to set on the front porch for Halloween night).  Each corner of the gym is a pretend house.  Make a circle area in the middle of the gym to be the pumpkin patch (mark with cones).  Place LOTS of beanbags (pumpkins) inside the circle area.  Choose 2-3 players to be Scarecrows (taggers).  Scarecrow taggers stay inside the pumpkin patch and try to tag players while they are taking a pumpkin out of the patch.  Players who are tagged sit down and wait for someone to help them (any other play can touch their back to help them).  Players may only take one pumpkin from the patch at a time.  Another option is for tagged players to do an exercise before re-entering the game (10 jumping jacks, 10 push-ups, etc).