Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome back to school!


Welcome back to school!  The gym is ready to welcome nearly 700 students next week!  I am back to working full time, and am ready to have a fantastic start to the new year!  Parents - a curriculum brochure will be coming home soon along with information on our GET SWEATY exercise program.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about P.E.  Thanks - Mrs. Glanzman

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hi Everyone!  This month has been filled with a variety of fun activities for my students.  It's amazing how much learning happens in 55 minutes per week!  Check out the list of skills we covered over the past few weeks:
underhand serve for volleyball
These pictures are from the EPEC curriculum.

1)  Volleyball Skills
2)  Throwing/Catching
3)  Jump Rope (in our warm-up "Jump Jog & Stretch")
4)  Parachute (K-2nd) - Teamwork and Cooperation
5)  Loco-motor Skills (in my new warm-up called "Highway")
6)  Tumbling (K-2)

Volleyball is one of my favorite units to teach.  3rd-5th graders learn the Volleyball underhand serve and 4th-5th play Newcomb.  My K-2 graders gain experience using the volleyball equipment in other activities. 

Soon we will celebrate MARCH MADNESS by dedicating the month to learning BASKETBALL SKILLS!   Students will continue with my new "Highway Warm-Up" for the next few weeks as well. 

During the last week of school before spring break, the music teacher and I will be combining our classes to teach DANCE.   The students will learn how to move to music by performing aerobic dances, line dances and circle dances.  This year we hope to introduce square dancing to 4th-5th graders as well!

P.E. Teachers - If you are looking for information on how to teach Parachute skills and games,  please click on this link to my parachute blog posts.  You will find a link to a printable document with my teaching tips, and also a LOT of videos of games! 

Also, If you are looking for a fun warm-up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, check out my "Gold Coin Exercises" video!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Scooter Games for Physical Education Class

I had a very FUN week with the students!  We recently finished up our Jump Rope unit and will begin our Volleyball unit (3rd-5th) and Tumbling (K-2) next week.  Between units I like to dedicate one week for what I call "fun fitness games".  Fun fitness games are games that are 1)FUN, 2) teach a skill, and 3) help the students become more fit.
Agenda for this week

For all of my P.E. teacher friends out there....I discovered a great new resource!  Check out Benjamin Pirillo on youtube!  This is where I discovered the "Spaghetti and Meatball" scooter game. 

Below are the activities we did this week:

1)  New Warm-Up for February - Jump Jog and Stretch
2)  Skill - How to ride a scooter SAFELY
3)  Scooter Games - Spaghetti and Meatballs
4)  Scooter Game  - Tow Truck (My 3rd graders were the only classes who had time to learn this- see picture below.  The "tow truck" had to stay in front of the "car" and walk.  If car went in front of the truck, they had to do 10 exercises.)

Check out pictures and videos below of these activities!
Warm-Up - Jump Jog and Stretch

Scooter Game

Meatball Tagger touching a scooter
Scooters parked
This is how we "park" the scooters
This is where students stand if they get tagged in our scooter game.  Usually takes 30 seconds to get back in!

scooter game
Tow Truck Scooter Game!

scooter game
Tow Truck Scooter Game!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Attention fellow P.E. teachers -

SHAPE - Michigan (Society for Health and Physical Education) is offering a workshop in Kent City on Saturday, March 12th.  I will be presenting at this workshop.  The title of my presentation is:  Every Minute Matters - Activities, Procedures and Tips to Maximize time in P.E. class.  

If you are interested in attending, please follow this link:   ONLINE REGISTRATION
For more information on SHAPE please visit their webpage at
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy New Year - Jump Rope, Pattern Warm-Up and P.E. grades

Finally - I have completed my Masters Degree!  Last semester so much of my time was consumed by my masters work, that I did not have any extra time to update my blog.  I am happy to be able to report that January has been a very fun month of learning at school.  Check out the pictures, videos and details below to find out what we've been learning.

Warm-Ups:  This month all of the K-5th grade students did what I call the "Pattern Warm-Up".  The pattern is "Jog 2, Exercise 10".  Students jog 2 laps around the gym, then go to the middle of the gym to perform 10 reps of each exercise.  I use cones with signs to display a picture of the exercises.  I also add hurdles and/or the agility ladder for students to use during the jogging portion.  The exercises we did in the middle were:  Leg Stretches, Mountain Climbers or Push-Ups, Picking Berries or V-sit.   I like that students can work at their own pace and accomplish a lot of exercise in 3-4 minutes!  (See video below)

Skills:  Our unit for January was jump rope.  I have posted a ton of info regarding my JUMP ROPE unit in the past.  Please click HERE to view all of my posts on jump rope.  The students learn about single ropes, long ropes and Chinese jump ropes.  You may also check my youtube channel for lots of jump rope videos!  Here are links to some new videos from this year:  Long Rope Game - Snake in the Grass by 1st graders and Chinese Jump Rope - Criss Cross Pattern by 3rd graders.

Games:  In addition to the jump rope games/activities, I like to play the game FREEZER in January because it is so cold outside!

Report card grade for P.E. - One grade for P.E. is given on each student's report card.  This grade reflects the student's physical skills such as fitness, locomotor, and sport skills.  A portion of the grade also reflects the student's effort and participation.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Welcome Back to School

Welcome back to school everyone!  I had a GREAT first week with my students.  I love coming back to school.  I feel so blessed that I chose PHYSICAL EDUCATION as my major in college.  I always knew I wanted to become a teacher, and being in the gymnasium and/or ball field is where I love to spend my time!  This is my 11th year teaching P.E.  My goal is to provide a safe, positive, and nurturing learning environment for every student.  I want them to feel as happy as I do when they are in P.E. class with me.

This year I work on Mondays and Wednesdays.  So parents, if your child has P.E on Tues/Thurs/Fri they have Mrs. H this year.  To all of my fellow P.E. teachers and parents who check my blog - thank you and please continue to check my blog, however I want to give you a heads up that I may not be posting as much as usual this semester as I am finishing up my Masters Degree. Please enter your email into the "subscribe" box on my blog and you will receive an automatic email when I update.  I hope to update at least 1-2 times per month.

The first week of school I always begin by teaching the following:

1)  Our Code of Cooperation (we have a school-wide code called "Central SHINES".  It is wonderful to teach in a school that has a shared vision and code of cooperation.  Every child knows what is expected of their behavior when they are here!

S - Shows Respect
H - Has Self-Control
I - Is Trustworthy
N - Never Gives Up
E - Engages in Learning
S - Stays Safe

2)  SOPs - Standard Operating Procedures - every teacher in our building has established SOPs in their classroom.  We have procedures in P.E. as well and I always teach these the first day and reinforce them throughout the year.  When students follow procedures no time is wasted!

3)  SPACIAL AWARENESS - All of my K-5th grade classes have a lesson on Spacial Awareness and how to move SAFELY in our space.

4)  Games and Warm-Up Activity - I teach the same warm-up for the month of September (Move and Stretch / The "Train Game" for K-2), and we also make time for a few fun games.  These fun games help us practice spacial awareness - Soap Bubbles Game, Tag, Builders and Bulldozers.

To all of the parents of my students - thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us.  I am excited to be your child's P.E. teacher and I will do my very BEST to create a safe, positive, and nurturing learning environment for them!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Star Wars Throwing Game and Relay Races

This week we practiced throwing (underhand and overhand), and did some relay races in preparation
star wars throwing game. I can throw the ball far and hit the targets
for field day.  Star Wars is a great game to practice THROWING.   Below are some youtube videos describing how I play Star Wars with K-2nd and how I play with 3rd-5th. 

field day relay race
This is how they look when finishing a relay - SMILES!
I also taught a variety of relay races for K-2nd grades.  I explained that TEAMWORK is the most important part of a relay - cheer for teammates and encourage them to do their best.  I reward teams with a POINT if they sit down in a nice straight line with hands in their lap when the relay is all done.  I give them TWO POINTS if the whole team is sitting with a smile on their face!  This helps very much with management - after each race, the teams are all ready to listen to the directions of the next race and no time is wasted trying to quiet the class.  I hold a clipboard and show the points (tally marks) for each team. 

These are the relays I taught this week:
1)  Basic - run around the cone and back. (We also added a hurdle the second time).
2)  Money Run - each team had a bucket of pretend money (laminated money from the dollar store).  Players took turns running to the bucket to get 1 dollar at a time.  They kept taking turns until the money was gone.
3)  Bean Bag Balance - balanced a bean bag on a foam hockey stick (short stick that we use for scooter hockey)  This is similar to the egg and spoon relay.  However, if the beanbag falls I do NOT make the student start all over - instead they stop and do 10 exercises, then pick up the beanbag and finish.
4)  Chicken Walk - We used rubber chickens and put them between our knees.  We said "knees - squeeze" and they had to walk around a cone and back.  If the chicken fell, they had to stop and do 10 exercises then continue.
5)  Puzzle Relay - Each team had to complete a 24 piece puzzle.  I put all of the team's puzzle pieces in a bucket.  They took turns running to the bucket, get ONE piece, then run back.  They took several turns to collect the pieces then when all the pieces were collected the last person ran to collect their box (with the picture of the puzzle on it).  Then the team completed the puzzle together.

This video describes all of the relays I taught this week:

These videos describe the game STAR WARS  (K-2nd version)

These videos describe the game STAR WARS  (3rd-5th version)

STAR WARS Throwing Game in Action:

Star Wars Throwing Game - Big Ship
Set up for K-2 Star Wars Game

Big Spaceship for Star Wars Throwing Game
Set up for K-2 Star Wars Game

Scooter rocket ships
The scooter "rocket" is helping give the balls back to the players because players can not go inside the cone area.

We used three scooter "rockets" to help get the balls that didn't make it into the spaceship.  Astronauts were inside the big spaceship throwing balls back out.

3rd-5th grade classes have a different set up that is more challenging.  We divided into 4 teams and put the ships in the corners of the gym.

3rd-5th set up spaceships in the corners of the gym.

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