Saturday, June 2, 2018

Field Day 2018 "Superheroes" and REAL HEROS!

Field day is always one of the favorite days of the year for many students.  This year certainly was memorable!  We had many parent volunteers which made it very successful.  Our PTO is always so generous, and they work hard to make this day great for everyone.  I'm thankful we have such strong support from our families!

This year our PTO selected "Superheros" as the theme for Field Day.  I thought this would be a great opportunity for a learning experience for our students.  I invited some REAL HEROS to our field day!  All it took were a few phone calls and emails to arrange for some very special guests.  We were blessed to have the Firefighters, Police, and National Guard volunteer at our field day this year!  They each ran training courses for the students.  The children LOVED it, and they were inspired to be in the presence of real life heros!  Many thanks to these heros who spent their day with us!

Please check out the pictures and videos below for a glimpse of our day!

Thank you KHEF!

I am writing this post to say a huge THANK YOU to the KHEF for fulfilling my request for a grant
this school year!  I was able to purchase a new parachute which is large enough to accomodate all of my students.  This parachute has all the colors of the rainbow, which ties into my management plan of organizing my class by colors.  My older parachute only accomodated smaller children and a class of 20 students.  There was enough money to purchase a rainbow set of beach balls and jump ropes as well!

Parachute games are a great workout, and also teach teamwork and cooperation.  This parachute will be enjoyed by thousands of students for years and years to come!

Check out the pictures and videos below to see how much fun the students had playing!
Students put "one foot on their color" to begin so they each have a spot and know their color for the games we play.  They also stand like this when we pause to learn new games.  This helps students stay focused and listen to the directions before picking up the parachute.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ninja Training Courses for Elementary Students

This month my students have been working on Ninja Training Courses, Fitnessgram Fitness Testing
(3rd-5th) and Parachute games.  Check out some videos below of the Ninja Training.  Some of these activities will be incorporated into Field Day as well!

Pre-Kindergarten Class - I was so impressed with their good form on the tire flip!

1st Grade Class

2nd Graders are tall enough to reach the monkey bar ladder!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jump Rope for Heart, 2018

I am so happy to report that we surpassed our goal of raising $10,000 for the American Heart
Playing Bronze, Silver & Gold with the long rope!
Association through our Jump Rope for Heart event!  I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of our families!  I am truly amazed by your generosity!  I would also like to thank the parent volunteers who came to the event to help twirl long ropes, count jumps, and use the stopwatch!  The JR4H "thank you gifts" should arrive in March and be sent home with students.

Check out the pictures and videos below.  The students had a blast!  They participated in a variety of jumping and running activities.  I am so proud of them for their hard work this past month. 
Switching handles partner trick.
They have become outstanding jumpers!

Click on these links for cool jump rope videos:
  1. 5th graders JR4H
  2. 5th grade (practicing in PE class)
  3. 4th graders JR4H
  4. 2nd graders (practicing in PE class)
  5. K-2nd grades JR4H
  6. Continuous Criss Cross Trick
  7. Doubles Trick
  8. Assembly performance practice (more on previous blog post)!
Long Rope Jumping

Long Ropes

Waiting a turn to play "Bronze, Silver & Gold"


Parent counting jumps for students.  

Long rope fun!


What a fun day!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Jump Rope for Heart Assembly, 2018

Today was an exciting day for many of my students!  We had our annual Jump Rope for Heart Assembly.  Our school participates in this event to help raise money for the American Heart Association.  Students will collect donations until our JR4H event which is on Valentine's Day.

After the JR4H coordinator gives her presentation, I like to end it with a jump rope performance.  This routine is what I created last year as a warm-up activity for my 3rd-5th grade students.  My students have improved their jump rope skills tremendously since they have been practicing it twice a week for the past month.  I am very proud of their hard work!

Below are several video clips of the performance and also some practice session clips.  The song used was "Jump" by Van Halen.  The best song I could think of for this routine!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Jump Rope, Catching, and Testing Your Skills Activity

I try to post at least once a month,
but November got away from me!  How is time flying by SO
Student showing READY HANDS for catching.
fast!?  I am having lots of fun, that is how!  My students have been busy learning a variety of skills this month.  Check out some pictures and video demonstration links below!

3rd-5th Grades

1.  Jump Rope Skills - After students have mastered basic jumping (at least 20-30 in a row), they begin working on tricks.  The students who master the most tricks will perform in our Jump Rope for Heart Assembly in January.  Tricks include the side swing pattern, continuous criss cross or regular criss cross, hopping, scissor or jack feet, forward to backward, pretzel, doubles (continuous doubles or doubles with basic), cartwheel, 360, walk the dog, partner tricks such as switching handles, 2 in 1 rope, 1 twirls.  To master a trick means the student performed it for me 10 times without missing.  Click here to see how I teach basic jumping.

2.  Catching and Throwing games  - such as Battleship and Sink the Ship.

3.  Thankful Tag (K-5th)

4.  BBall Shooting - Lightning Game, with a focus on teaching them how to use the backboard!

PreK - 2nd Grades  -

1.  Locomotor Skills - PreK-2nd grade students have been focusing on locomotor skills such as running, galloping, skipping, hopping, leaping and animal walks.  They did an activity I call "Test Your Skills".  Click to see the teacher demonstration of this game, and also the student demonstrations.

2.  Basketball - dribbling and shooting

3.  Catching and throwing - I taught the students READY HANDS and played the game "Catch Everything".  Check out this student demonstration by my 5th grade recess helpers, and also a 2nd grade class playing this game.  We also did a catching activity I call CATCH, THROW and RUN.

During the holiday season, I enjoy playing lots of fun holiday games.  Here is a link to my blog posts with Christmas games. I especially like the Feed the Reindeer Relay!

Playing catch with a partner.

READY HANDS for the game Catch Everything!

READY HANDS for the game Catch Everything!

READY HANDS for the game Catch Everything!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Soccer Lessons, Germ Ball, Hula Hoops and more!

Our first several weeks of school have been GREAT!   The students have learned a huge variety of skills already including the following:

1.  Daily Dozen Warm-Up (check out the video of our September Daily Dozen!)
2.  Moving Safely, Personal Space and Spacial  Awareness
3.  Germ Prevention and Hand Washing (Germ Ball Game)
4.  Hula Hoop Skills (check out the video of choice time and Bubble Cars)
5.  Soccer Skills - (video of "Go Score", video of drill, Pre-K-2nd game "Go Visit Places")
6.  Defense Skills - (video of Guard the Cookie Jar)
7.  Team Building Activities "Getting to Know you Tag"
8.  Rolling a ball / Bowling Activities (video of Pinball game)
9.  Walking Track Recess Program and Get Sweaty Calendars
10.  Variety of fun fitness games like "fruit tag, bridge tag, stop and go tag"
11. Fitnessgram fitness testing (3rd-5th)

A 5th grade recess helper with a Pre-K student.  Love how they matched today!

Defensive position while playing Guard the Cookie Jar

My teacher assistant, Mr. Yntema guarding a cookie jar.

Ready position to begin a game.

Listening during instruction time.

Soccer Tag