Saturday, January 31, 2009

WEEK #20

K4 & K 5 this week continued getting ready for Jump Rope for Heart. We practiced the basic jump rope technique, as well as, manipulating the jump rope by making shapes and numbers with the jump rope. We then finished class playing a game called Leap the River.
1st & 2nd grade this week started to learn some basic jump rope tricks. These tricks included one foot jumping, the ski, the bell, straddle, and the scissors. We ended the class playing some classic long rope activities called Water Wave, Cat & Mouse, Around the World, Tic Toc, Snake in the Grass, High Fence & Low Fence, and Around the World.
3rd & 5th grade continued learning and practicing the skill of dribbling a basketball. This week we practiced dribbling while doing some activities with bean bags. We did this to learn how to dribble while keeping our head up and to dribble with our finger pads. We ended class playing a game called Dribble Flag Tag.
6th grade this week learned about the 4th level of fitness called flexibility. We talked about why it is important and the difference between stretching to prevent injury and stretching to increase our flexibility. We ended class playing a game called Scooter Basketball.

7th & 8th has started a new quarter. So, the first day of class we participated in some cooperative activities called Find My People, Leaning Tower of Noodle, and Noodle Pull. The second day we began our fitness unit where we discussed cardiovascular endurance. We learned the meaning, the benefits, and some examples of it. We then participated in a cardiovascular endurance station course.

WEEK #19

K5 this week was introduced to jump roping. The basics were taught. We went over how to hold the handles and broke down the skills. We first praticed jumping with activities called Circle and Straight Line. We emphasized bouncing on our toes (like a ball) and not jumping too high. We then practiced turning the rope. Last we put both skills together and counted out loud 1, 2, 3 turn first and jump second!!!!! We started and finished class with a jump rope activity called Tail Tag!!

1st and 2nd grade this week continued to practice the basic jump roping with the addition of some basic jump rope tricks. We practiced one foot jumping and turning the rope backwards. We manipulated the jump ropes where I would ask them questions like what is the third letter in your first name , what is the fourth letter of the alphabet, and some basic math problems like 3+3=, and 5-2=. The students would then show me the answer by using their jump rope or the jump rope and their bodies.
3rd and 5th grade this week also continued to practice for Jump Rope for Heart. We tried the tricks called the Bell, the Ski, the Straddle, and the Straddle Cross. 3rd grade then began their basketball unit by learning ball handling activities called slaps, funnels, pops, drop down , and switch ups. 5th grade practiced the skill of static and dynamic dribbling. They then finished up class with an activity called Knockout.

6th grade this week discusssed the 2nd and 3rd level of fitness. This is muscular endurance and muscular strength. We discussed the definitions, the benefits, and some of the examples of the things you could do to enhance these components. We then participated in a station course where they experienced these components.

7th/8th grade finished up with bowling where we learned how to score and reviewed the four step approach. We included our fitness with the activity called Musical Fitness.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

WEEK #18

1st and 3rd grade this week started class with an activity called Bug Off, a great cardiovascular activity!! We started getting ready for Jump Rope for Heart. We discussed the reasons why Fairview School participates in this great activity every year. This week we learned how to select the right size jump rope, as well as, the basics of jumping rope. At the end of class, we played a class game called Tail Tag or Mouse Trap!!!!

5th grade this week started their Jump Rope for Heart and Basketball Unit! As a class, we just went over the basics of jump roping and eased our way into getting ready for this very demanding cardiovascular activity. We also discussed why and how to prevent Heart Disease!! During the second half of class, we started our Basketball Unit. We went over the 4 basic skills of basketball and practiced the skill of ball handling.

6th grade started their fitness unit this week. For the next four weeks, we will discuss and participate in the the five levels of fitness. This week we went over the first level of fitness, Cardiovascular Endurance!!! We finished class exercising in a cardiovascular station course. Students participated in stations which included Dance Dance Revolution, Stationary Bikes, Jump Roping, Basketball Shooting, and Steppers.
7/8 grade started their Bowling Unit this week. We went over the grip, pendulum swing, full swing , and the one step approach!! For fitness,we did Musical Fitness where all Five Levels of Fitness were performed.

WEEK #17

K4 & K5 learned and praticed the difference between activities where you use your body to strike an object (ex. volleyball, soccer, and basketball) and an object to strike an object (ex. baseball, golf, tennis, hockey). This week we used plastic candy canes and pretended to use them as hockey sticks. We practiced striking and dribbling deck rings. We hit them hard, soft, forward, backward, sideways, close, and far. At the end of class, we played full class hockey tag. What a blast!

1st and 2nd grade students this week got their personal fitness in by participating in a game called Knockout. They also practiced the movement skills of dodging , fleeing, and moving in general space in an activity called Cookie Monster (with noodle chips).

3rd thru 6th grade got in their personal fitness with either the use of Power Walk Resistance Bands or with Team Workout Cards!!!! The skills developed and worked on were overhand throwing, catching, and rolling. The activities we used to practice these skills were called Sink the Ship and Partner Snowball Fight.

7/8th grade finished their last week of the games unit. For their personal fitness part of class, they used the Power Walk Resistance Bands (with video). We finished class developing the physical skills of kicking, throwing, rolling, and catching with activities called Battleship and Cone Kickball (Nothing like your typical kickball game)!!!!