Sunday, May 26, 2013

Elementary PE Lesson - Batting/Tball, Sink the Ship "Battleship", Couch Potato Tag, and Puppy Tag

Last week the students said goodbye to Mr. Gietzen, our student teacher.  He did a great job and we wish him the best!  Thank you Mr. Gietzen!

The last few weeks of PE have consisted of the following activities:
1)  T-ball / Batting practice (see pics below).  This worked great for all of my classes - we set up "batting cages" for students and the kids got lots of individual practice.
2)  "Battleship"/Sink the Ship (Throwing/Catching/Rolling game) - TK and K played this game.
3)   Dr. Mario -2nd grade
4)  Review of first semester skills
5)  I hope to play "Capture the Flag", or Parachute Games with 2nd graders on Monday, and also pass out PE Certificates.
Puppy Tag - 2nd Grade - with MUSIC "Who Let the Dogs Out".
Students are "puppies" and start the game in their "cage" (the floor mats).  The "dog catchers" are the taggers.   They have a noodle piece used for tagging.  If a puppy is tagged, they go back to their cage.

Mr. Gietzen's (student teacher) last day teaching.....the staff at ECC had a luncheon and he brought his super sweet girlfriend.  Thanks for all of your help this semester! We will miss you!

TK class played "Sink the Ship/Battleship".

Student in her "batting cage" practicing hitting a ball off a tee with a lollipop paddle.
Batting cage set up for 2nd graders - We had 3 students per group.  One hitter (gave 3 swings), one catcher, one outfielder.  They rotated very nicely and each player had several turns playing all 3 positions.
Picture of 2nd grade student batting.
Another view of the batting cage set-up for 2nd graders.

Lollipop paddles and medium/tall cones work great for teaching batting to young children!  Each child had their own "batting cage".  We stood up tall mats to accomplish this, which worked great to give each child their own space and protection.

Videos of COUCH POTATO TAG with Mr. Gietzen (student teacher). Tagged players had to go be a "couch potato" and sit on a mat and wait for the helper to bring them a foam fruit or veggie. Between rounds of this game we took a minute to talk about good nutrition and identified what is a fruit or vegetable.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Printable P.E. Certificates - Fitness Testing Certficates/PE Awards

Attention fellow P.E. teachers-----Do your students participate in fitness testing?  If so, I have many printable mini-certificates (prints 4 per page) for you to use!  The kids LOVE these certificates and are really motivated to earn them.  Print them on bright colored paper and they look awesome! 

The mile run certificate is a FREE download.  My other certificates are priced at $1.00 each, or you can download ALL fitness test certificates for $5 (14 certificates).  I also have SKILL awards/certificates available.  Please visit my "store" to view samples and download certificates:

Here is a list of certificates that are available:
 Mile Run Mini-Certificate - FREE
Mile Run - Full size certificate - $1.00
1/2 Mile Mini-Certificate  - $1.00
1/4 Mile Mini- Certificate - $1.00
Sit-Up King/Queen Mini-Certificate - $1.00
Push-Up King/Queen Mini-Certificate - $1.00
Sit and Reach King/Queen Mini-Certificate - $1.00
Shuttle Run King/Queen Mini-Certificate - $1.00
Flex Arm Hang Healthy Mini-Certificate (boys and girls) - $1.00 each
Improvement Award Mini-Certificate (purchase scratch and sniff stickers to go with this one) - $1.00 

Or purchase the Fitness Test Set for $5.00.

Skills Award Set - 12 pages of awards for $3.00.

Sparkle Note (4 per page) - $2.00 - This is my favorite and most used certificate!   It has lines for you to write in whatever you want to say for your student.  It's a generic "your child is doing great in PE class....I'm especially impressed with _______".  (ex.  "Timmy is doing great with our basketball unit - his shooting form is superb!" 

Thanks everyone!

Monday, May 20, 2013

P.E. Relay Races to learn colors - Rainbow Relay

Today I was thinking about doing the "Color Sorting Relay" with my lower elementary special education students, but then I came up with a fun new game called the "Rainbow Relay"! 

See videos below.  Mr. Gietzen, our awesome student teacher, is leading these activities.

Rainbow Relay - Students run to endline and choose a color card out of a bucket.  They run back and place their card on the rainbow. 

Color Sorting Relay -  Students run to endline and choose a color card out of a bucket.  They run back and sort the card into the correct bucket.

Video of my 3 year old class doing the "Color Sorting Relay".

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

P.E. Games - Healthy Eating / Fruit and Vegetable Tag

This past month has flown by!  Here is what the students have been working on:

Early Childhood Center:
Basketball Skills - dribbling
Soccer Skills - dribbling/trapping/kicking
Nutrition - Fruits and Vegetables
Review of Throwing Skills - "Star Wars" game

Zinser - 2nd Grade:
Basketball Skills - dribbling
Soccer Skills - dribbling/trapping/kicking
Spring Fitness Testing
Review of Throwing skills - "Battleship" game

Check out a few videos below: (Sorry Zinser folks.....I'll try to get some videos of 2nd grade next week!)

Mr. Gietzen's DRIBBLING FRENZY game - practicing dribbling soccer balls and basketballs. Students have a partner to switch balls with occasionally.

Fruit and Veggie Tag - Students who were tagged had to sit down and wait for someone to bring them a fruit or vegetable. Then they had to CLASSIFY and SORT their food into the bucket labeled "FRUIT" OR "VEGGIE"



FOR TEACHERS - Here is a video explanation of my "Mini-Obstacle Course Warm-Up".