Saturday, August 30, 2014

Welcome Back to School

Welcome to all of my new students and families this year!  I am so anxious to get to know you all and have a great time in P.E. class!  I will be teaching on Wednesdays and Fridays and Mr. Pahl will be teaching Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I will see many students on the first day of school, so please come prepared with gym shoes! 

Parents - A Physical Education curriculum brochure will be coming home soon, along with information for our Get Sweaty program.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Batting Practice / T-ball and Parachute games for Elementary P.E.

Today I will be playing some PARACHUTE games with my PE classes.  I had to chuckle when one of my 1st grade students entered the gym yesterday and asked me if we were going to play with the "hot air balloon"!  So cute!  Kids always love to play parachute games, and you can click here for my blog posts with details for parachute lessons and teaching tips.

Next week my PE classes will be practicing batting.  Each student will have their own "batting cage" to use.  Please click here for a link to my blog post from last year to view pics and videos of this lesson idea!   Below are some pics of my set -up. 

This is how I arrange my "batting cages" for elementary P.E. Class.  If you do not have t-ball tees, then use the tall cones.  I use foam balls and wiffle ball bats.   Students work in groups of THREE - Catcher, Batter and Outfielder.  Students stay in their position for about 3-5 minutes, then I have them rotate.  My rule is for the catchers to have their backs to the side wall when the batter is up (behind the batters), and the outfielders have their backs on the opposite side wall.  Before batting practice, we talk about good batting form.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Snow Day Tag - Fun Winter Tag Game for Elementary Physical Education

This year my school has had SEVEN snow days!  I came up with the idea for SNOW DAY TAG on my way to school a couple of weeks ago.  The kids had a lot of fun with it.

Please click "SNOW DAY TAG" for a printable link to this game.  Enjoy! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pinball - A Fun PE Game

I taught my 1st graders Pinball last week and it went great!  It's one of my "oldies but goodies".  Kids always love this game and leave the gym with sweaty, red faces!

For printable directions click on "Pinball".

For a video of this game click here!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas Games for Physical Education

Please click on the link to my blog post with a variety of Christmas Games for P.E.


There are directions and video clips of these Christmas Games:
Candy Cane Tag
Christmas Tree Tag
Reindeer Tag
Santa and Mrs. Claus Tag
Feed the Reindeer Relay

For Thanksgiving Games, please click on this blog post:


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Games for Physical Education Class

Here are some fun games to play around Thanksgiving.  Click on each for a link with directions and some video clips of how to play.

Thanksgiving Tag
Tribes Tag
Thanksgiving Dinner Relay (aka Thanksgiving Match Game)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Trick or Treat Relay - Halloween Game for P.E. class!

This week I did the "Trick or Treat Relay" with my classes as an activity at the end of class.  They all loved it!  This is a great game for all elementary age groups.  With K-2nd grade I always begin by first making sure they all understand what a relay means (taking turns doing something....being on a team, etc).  I also give points on my Squad Chart (see Rainbow Squad Chart) to teams who are following directions, listening, etc.  When a squad gets 10 points, I give them a small prize like a sticker or eraser.  We use squads for many other things in PE.....more on that later.

Click here for a printable direction page for the Trick or Treat Relay!  Please remember to make teams small, no more than four students so they are not waiting in line very long.  We want our students moving and exercising as much as possible during P.E. class!

Click here for a link to my blog post from last year's Trick or Treat Relay - with pictures!