Sunday, December 28, 2008

WEEK #15 & 16

K4 thru 5th grade finished up the last two weeks before the holiday break by reviewing the physical skills and fitness components learned during the first half of the school year. All grades except 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reviewed these concepts by participating in a station course!!! 6th, 7th, and 8th grade is starting to finish up their elementary games unit. The students really seemed to enjoy playing activities they played when they were younger. I always tell my students that you don't have to play a sport or be athletic to participate in physical activities and get exercise!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

WEEK #14

K4 & K5 students this week participated in activities where they practiced moving in general space!!! The activities they played were I See... You See..., Beep Beep Times Up, and Dog Catcher and/or Sharks and Dolphins.

1st grade students this week practiced the skill of striking with a long handle implement. They used candy canes to develop the striking skills of dribbling and passing!! They played partner hockey and full class hockey.

2nd grade students this week practiced the skill of chasing and fleeing. They participated in activities called Knockout, Go Touch, and Sharks & Dolphins!!
3rd thru 5th grade practiced the skill of striking with long handle implements with hockey sticks. They participated in dribbling and passing activities and then finished class playing Monkey In the Middle.
6th grade this week had their end of the unit badminton test and finished class playing the real game of badminton.

7th/8th grade this week started a new unit. This week we began our games unit. This is where we play elementary types games as a fitness tool. The students are enjoying themselves but of course we're learning too. We have also been discussing the five levels of fitness especially muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

WEEK #13

1st grade students this week practiced the skill of rolling. They played Step Right Up where we discussed the difference between an exercise and a stretch. We then practiced the skill of rolling with our own bowling pins. We ended class by playing the activity called Blizzard.

3rd thru 5th grade went over the skill of throwing overhand. The activities the students participated in were Wipeout Tag to develop our cardiovascular endurance and Smash the Turkey where we used the skill of overhand throwing. We ended class with a cool down game called On the Line Off the Line.

7/8 grade students continued to work on community building activities. They participated in Bears, Salmon, and Mosquito. We ended class with a problem solving activity named Count Off.

Monday, November 24, 2008

WEEK #12

K4-2nd grade students celebrated Thanksgiving by participating in some activities where throwing overhand and catching were the focus!! These activities were called Partner Catch , Blizzard, and Try to Catch a Turkey.

3rd-5th grade students this week learned about body composition. The activities that were played were Body Fat Tag and Wipeout which are both great activities for enhancing your cardiovascular system.

6th grade continued to practice their badminton skills. They went over the overhead clear and serving. They finished up by playing the actual game of badminton. They seemed to really enjoy the game.

7th/8th grade this week started their unit on team building. The class participated in activities that included Good Morning, Rain Maker, and Group Catch. The focus is to build community in the classroom!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

WEEK #11

K4 thru 2nd grade this week improved their cardiovascular endurance with warm up activities called Give Me Ten, The Jumping Jack Song, and Wipeout (a movement game that uses the the song Wipeout by the Safari's. The K4 and K5 students also participated in an activity called Find a Friend where students learned how to find partners to play with. Rolling and throwing were the skills that were focused on this week.
3rd and 4th grade students participated in a math warm-up where adding, subtracting, and multiplication skills were used from the class room to get in shape. These grades also practiced their rolling skills and ended class with a rolling game called Fire Fighter.

5th and 6th grade did not have gym this week because of testing!!!!!

7th/8th grade students just started 2nd quarter physical education. The first two weeks we will be spending class time doing Team Building activities to foster community.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

WEEK #10

K4 thru 2nd grade students participated in activities called Quick Draw (integrates math), Fire Fighter (which reinforces fire safety), Try to Catch a Turkey, and Dog Catcher. The physical skills taught during this week were overhand throwing , rolling, and chasing and fleeing.

3rd thru 5th grade students either participated in activities called Body Fat Tag, Cone Kickball, or Quick Draw. These activities focused on the skills of kicking, chasing and fleeing, as well as, learning the importance of how certain foods affect our body composition.

6th grade students have continued to develop their badminton skills with activities called Dead Fish, Ups, Super Ups, and Alternating Ups. These students are definitely getting better with striking with long handle implements.

7th/8th grade students this week are wrapping up with Pickleball and taking their end of the unit Pickleball test. This week is also the end of the first quarter for these students.

Friday, October 24, 2008

WEEK #8 - #9


K4 - 5th grade this week participated in the annual Halloween obstacle course!!! Students were reminded that during an obstacle course the whole body is needed to finish the course. Students were also reminded of the the five levels of fitness and were questioned frequently on which stations had certain levels of fitness. Because of the short week for teacher conventions, I start the course a week early so that all students can enjoy the course!!!

6th grade this week began learning the basic racket skills for badminton. We focused on racket and birdie fundamentals and ended class with a quick game of two-on-two knockout. Next week, we will continue practicing racket and birdie fundamentals while allowing more time to play two-on-two knockout.

7/8 grade is ending their unit on Pickleball. Pickelball is basically indoor tennis! Safety is strictly enforced and reminded daily!!! We will end with a final unit assessment.

Friday, October 17, 2008


K -2nd grade students had the opportunity to do more foot skill practice because of some lucky sunny weather. We practiced dribbling, trapping, and kicking soccer balls. The activities we played were Bombs Away and Soccer Tag.

3rd - 5th grade students practiced their rolling skills in a game called Pin Guard and also developed their five levels of fitness with an activity called Knights. It is a game that really develops the cardiovascular system.

6th- 8th grade is continuing to learn and develop pickleball skills. The skills they are developing are the forehand, backhand, and one bounce serving techniques. These students are also continuing to improve their five levels of fitness. The activities we used to develop our fitness were Tag Team and Musical Fitness.


K - 2nd grade students this week celebrated Halloween and Fire Safety week with activities that reinforced the important safety protocol of Stop, Drop and Roll. The activities were called Ghostbusters and Stop, Drop, and Roll Tag!!!

3rd - 5th grade students learned, practiced, and reviewed the physical skills of throwing and catching with activities called Jailbird, Sharks and Minnows, and Freeze Mania!!

6th - 8th grade students finished up flag football and began to start pickleball and group activities that foster teamwork and are just plain fun. Also, students had the opportunity to develop their five levels of fitness by using the new resistance bands that we received. Fun was had by all.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


K-2nd grade students are participating in either manipulation of yarn balls, fitness puzzles, monster tag, a dance song called "Singing in the Rain", and Jailbird, a throwing , catching, and rolling activity. We had a blast this week. KEEP MOVING!!!!!

3rd-5th grade students participated in throwing and catching activities such as modified flag football, Freeze Mania, Sharks and Minnows, and Pass and Run.

6th -8th grade students continued to practice and develop their personal fitness with Cardiovascular and Muscular Strength and Endurance activities. Student also kept practicing their throwing, catching, offensive, and defensive strategies by playing in a modified flag football activity.

Monday, September 29, 2008


K-2nd grade students this week learned about being in self space and moving in general space. Deck rings were used to practice this important concept. Soccer was also introduced where we learned and practiced the skills of dribbling and kicking with movement activities called the Fox and The Hound and Pirates.
3rd-4th grade students worked on team building activities with a swim noodle. We played movement activities called Tug a Noodle, Leaning Tower of Noodle, and Mosquito Tag. Students had the opportunity to play with different kids in their class to understand and practice that agroup is only as strong as it members.
5th-8th grade students continued to learn about Cardiovascular Endurance and Muscular Strength and Endurance during personal Fitness Time!!! Then, students had the opportunity to practice and develop Flag Football skills such as throwing and catching with the concept of offense and defense. Fifth grade has played modified football activities with the same concepts in mind.

Monday, September 22, 2008


K-2nd grade students experienced manipulating bean bags, poly spots, and playing simple tag games like Freeze Tag, Mosquito Tag, and practicing getting into group with a game called Body Parts. Fun was had by all.

3rd - 5th grade continued to learn and experience team building and cooperative activities such as Pass the Chicken, The Leaning Tower of Noodles, The Tug of Noodle, and Partner Rock, Paper, and Scissors!! This was a fun week of learning!!!!

6th -8th grade students are beginning to learn, relearn, or master the football throw and catch. Students got into partner groups and started to help each other practice and develop the necessary skills to play modified football type activities!!

Monday, September 15, 2008


K-2nd grade students were exposed to activities that encourage helping and getting into groups. These students also started to manipulate poly spots into fun exercises. They also played a game call "Freeze" where students are encouraged to help and say please and thank you!!

This week the 3rd-8th grade students were exposed to some team building and classroom community activities. Here students are learning each others names in an activity that is both fun and educational.


During the first week of school, Fairview students were introduced to the classroom expectations and procedures. As always, I incorporated some movement activities while we learned the classroom protocols. Also, this year I'm looking to upgrade all my music from tapes and cd's to an ipod. I would like to upgrade all my music and go completely digital. I'm also looking to upgrade the music play selections. If you have any music that you would like to hear during your physical education class, please bring a CD with your music and I will download it onto my ipod. Exercising to music is a great way to keep motivated. And it's just plain more fun. KEEP MOVING!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My New Website

Thank you for visiting my NEW website. Throughout the 2008/2009 school year, I will be posting what is being covered in your child's Physical Education class. I will also be posting the new monthly Physical Activity & Health newsletters. It's my way of going green and helping our planet! Make sure to visit often as I will constantly be adding new material to the site throughout the school year!