Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jump Rope Unit, Warm-Up Variety, Dr. Mario Game

The students have been busy this month learning a variety of jump rope skills, new exercises for our warm-ups, and also playing some fun fitness games (Dr. Mario).  Below are a few pictures and videos!

Attention PE Teachers = I recently purchased these PE Activity Task Cards and I love them!  I printed in color and laminated them so they will last for a very long time!  (Some of them are pictured below).

One of our Agenda's from last week.  I used THESE task cards for the jump rope stations.

Here is a sample of some TASK cards that I purchased and now use as part of our "warm-up variety".

Students using the TASK Cards during "warm-up variety".

These are some posters I made and use for our "warm-up variety".

Again, more TASK cards.
Kindergarten and 1st grade students practiced jumping over their ropes - they made straight lines and circles to jump over/into.  They did 10 jumps, then practiced twirling the ropes over their heads.

1st grade student practicing jumping into her jump rope circle - with both feet together.

1st graders jumping into their circles.

Nice landing!

Jumping over her rope.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jump Rope Unit for Elementary P.E.

Happy New Year everyone!  When we go back to school next week I'll begin the Jump Rope Unit for K-5th graders.   I searched "jump rope" on my blog to pull out all of my previous posts about jump rope.  Here is the link:  http://carly3.blogspot.com/search?q=jump+rope

Below is an overview of the jump rope unit.  Please note that jump rope tricks and partner jumping is taught 2nd grade and up.  However, if I have a K or 1st grade student who has mastered basic jumping then I teach them tricks. 

1)  Getting used to the ropes (K-1st) - making shapes and letters with ropes on the floor and jumping over a rope that is laying flat on the floor.  Learning how to jump with feet together. 
2) Learning "Ready" position (see my link above - I use Rene Bibaud's technique which I have found works great for elementary students).
3)  Basic Jumping - with both feet together - single and double bounce
4)  Individual Rope Tricks - such as side swings, double side swings, criss cross, hopping on one foot, jumping with eyes closed, etc.
5)  Partner Tricks - Switching handles, jumping together with one rope, etc
6) Long Rope Jumping - Younger students learn how to twirl and the jumper starts in the middle of ropes.  Older students will learn how to jump into a rope while it's being twirled.
7)  Chinese Jump Ropes - Teaching the "American's Pattern" and the "Name Game".

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pattern Warm-Up, Volleyball, and Overhand Throw

Check out what we did this week in Physical Education!

K-2nd Graders
Pattern Warm-Up
Overhand Throwing Practice
Game:  Star Wars Throwing Game

3rd-5th Graders
Circuits (same as Pattern Warm-Up)
Volleyball Serving Practice
Newcomb (modified V-ball Game)

Below are videos of our warm-up and star wars game.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Games for PE, Partner Relays, Scooter Relays

I had such a fun week with the students!  3rd-5th grade students learned a new warm-up called Circuits (aka. Pattern Warm-Up), and began our Volleyball Unit.  They are learning the underhand and overhand (5th) serves.  We will play Newcomb next week.

Kindergarten-2nd grade students learned a new warm-up which I call the "Pattern Warm-Up", learned how to do relays with a partner, and learned how to ride scooters safely.  Students ride scooters on their bottom, belly or knees.  I also taught them the "Superman" and "Spiderman" way which is on their belly.  Superman lifts feet up like you are flying and using arms to scoot.  Spiderman lays on belly and "climbs up the building" by using hands AND feet to scoot.  The videos below show all ways.  They also learned how to push each other safely on the scooters with fingers pointing down, and not letting go of their partners.  They all did an excellent job being safe on the scooters.

Below are videos of Christmas Partner Running Relays, Scooter Relays, Christmas Tree Tag

PE Catching Game and Snow Day Tag

Kindergarten students playing the game SIX AND SWITCH.  Practicing using READY HANDS.

Kindergarten students playing the game SIX AND SWITCH.  Practicing using READY HANDS.

Kindergarten students playing the game SIX AND SWITCH.  Practicing using READY HANDS.

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.