Physical Education 2015 February and Part March
The physical education classes cranked up some movement but Mother Nature surprised us a few times and put a stop to the movement inside (PE classes) and outside (daily recess).
However, once classes resumed it was to an assault of students moving around on scooters and their own two feet by finishing a unit on team handball. A variety and different types of balls were used to pass and catch with learning the steps, how to defend, and cooperation. Hoop ball incorporated these same items. We used eye-hand coordination and cardio-respiratory component in catching and chasing scarves.
In our warm-ups with Hop Sports we focused on flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardio-respiratory all parts of the daily components of fitness as we did exercises and stretches with the Functional Fitness Program and yoga.
We started the end of January with an introduction to yoga and body movement using various muscle groups to try to get us a little bit more flexible and stronger The emphasis was on learning different poses and how they relate to what we already do such as planks, push-ups, and squats while using the iron cross, torso twist, and hop grids in sync with different positions (i.e. toes out, toes inward).
As we make progress the children are or will be doing core workouts, resistance bands, step aerobics, kickboxing, and using the T-bows.
It is hopeful that many students continue to share many things we do in class with family and friends that it is important to have a healthy mind and a healthy body.
Remember all students are athletes regardless if they play on a team. Some kids are better at climbing a tree, riding a bike, swimming, or snow skiing to name a few and this takes talent. So again we are all athletes! Our Hop Sports program and other activities stress the importance of balance.
By being a role model, you as parents can show your kids the way to staying active, and set a good example too when it comes to be physically fit and eating habits for wellness.
Our annual Hoops for Heart Community Service project for P.E. sponsored by the American Heart Association is taking place from Feb. 22- February 26. In this unit students will be playing a variety games and working on skills to promote a healthy heart as Heart Disease and Stroke are two of the of the leading causes of death in our country.
Since 1978, funds raised have helped support efforts to create healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and the more than $830 million going to research and educational programs. During the past year, the AHA has spent over $8 million on new research broadly related to children’s’ heart disease. The funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government
.Students who go online and personalize their webpage raise an average of $130; students who create a webpage but don’t personalize the page raise an average of $70 and students who use just the envelope raise an average of $30
Remember most likely inactive children become inactive adults. Our goals are to increase student’s knowledge of how the heart works and the best way to take care of them. Mr. Hall’s mother, June, is once again the Heart Ambassador for our school. Mrs. Hall has had a few heart ailments over the past several years as this disease hits home with family history and battle with heart issues.
The H4H collection envelopes are due the week of Febraury 29-March 4. Thank-you gifts will be distributed as soon as possible when they arrive from AHA. AHA would like for you to donate on-line.
Students who go online and personalize their webpage raise an average of $130; students who create a webpage but don’t personalize the page raise an average of $70 and students who use just the envelope raise an average of $30
There are new incentives and motivations for students with the LIFESAVER PUPPIES.
Of course once again many basketball skills will be honed and improved upon during the course of our unit. Mr. Hall in the past has learned that playing Knockout can be dangerously fun especially when there are such great shooters, hustlers, and great teammates.
The children will play other shooting games and do cardiovascular activities (example- shuffle tag) that hope to increase heart rates. All the students during Hoops for Heart Week will play in a Hot Shot Blitz contest. Our total money raised and donated to the American Heart Association will be in our next newsletter.
All 5th graders will be taking a review test on what they have learned thus far in at the end of March. My website has the test and answer key that deals with Shape America (National Standards as well as Ohio Department of Education, Standard 4 that includes components of fitness, fitness concepts, Physical Best vocabulary, and muscle groups/ word associations. All kids in 5th grade took this back in early August/September.
The students will also will be doing an ELA english/ writing assignment incorporating physical education, recreational activities, and enjoyment of being active. They will be graded on a three point rubric and this will be used as a writing assignment with english teacher. More information on this to follow.