Monday, May 17, 2010

WEEK #33

K5 this week celebrated Environmental day by exercising with plastic bags!!! We discussed what recycling and reusing means. We then used the pastic bags and manipulated them in various ways. We made parachutes, rockets, and practiced movement skills. We then ended class playing Bag Flag Tag!!
1st grade this week began class with a cardiovascular warm-up called Kickdown and Carry Back. We then practiced the skills of dribbling and kicking with our feet. To end class we played an activity called The Fox & The Hound!!

3rd grade this week practiced various footwork drills to warm-up. We learned and practiced dribbling, trapping, and passing with our feet. We also discussed why these skills are important. We then ended class playing a game called Poison Ball.

5th grade this week had to combine classes because of the music festival. So, the classes had the opportunity to play games they played earlier in the year. We played One Step Behind to warm-up. The class then played Stars Wars to the actual theme song and then finished class playing Satellites.

6th, 7th, & 8th grade this week started their soocer unit. Even though I call it a soccer unit, we don't ever play the actual game of soccer. This unit really is all about developing foot skills. We use our feet in almost every physical sport or activity we play!! This week we started class using the Walking Powerbands. We exercised using all of the 5 levels of fitness by watching a video that lead us through various exercises. We then practiced some of the basic ball handling skills of dribbling, trapping, and passing. To end class, we played a circle game called Battleball.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

WEEK #32

K5 this week participated in a warm-up activity called Uno Fitness. We then exercised using mini dome cones. I had the students flip, spin, roll, balance, and catch them. We ended class playing an activity called Builders and Bull Dozers.

1st and 2nd grade this week warmed-up with an activity named One Step Behind. We then played a noodle game called Star Wars. To end class, we participated in a game called Recycle and Reuse to get ready for Environmental Day which is this Friday!!!
3rd grade is finishing up their Team Building Unit this week. The word of the day was Sportsmanship. We discussed what sportsmanship looks like and sounds like. To practice this, we played Builders & Bull Dozers and Satellite. We kept score to declare a winner and a loser. We then discussed how it feels when one team wins and the other team loses.

4th grade got the opportunity to play a warm-up activity called Chaos. We then finished class with an exercise activity called Satellite. In this game, we took six hula hoops and built a sphere. Each team gets enough hula hoops to make 3 spheres each. The first team to knock them all down wins. The students had a blast playing this game. They got a great cardiovascular and muscular endurance workout while practicing their skill related fitness and physical skills.

5th grade this week finished up their fitness testing (Fitnessgram). This week they did the Sit & Reach test (Flexibility). With the little time we had at the end of class, we played a low organized game called Chaos.

6th grade started class using dumbbells for a great muscular strength and endurance workout. We then continued with our Pickleball unit. This week we reviewed our serving skills, as well as, started to incorporate some rallying practice. We finished class playing 2-on-2 Knockout.
7/8 grade this week got to participate in some games that they played when they were in elementary school since two thirds of the class was gone because of the Washington D.C. trip. Each class got to decide which games they wanted to play. Both classes decided to play Chaos and Satellite. They had a blast!

WEEK #31

K4 this week warmed-up to an activity called I see...You See... We then practiced moving in general space with a game called Charlie Wants a Home!!! We then ended class with an Environmental Awarness activity called Recycle and Reuse!!

K5 this week started class playing Uno Fitness. We then used mini kickballs and learned the difference between dribbling and bouncing. I then had the students dribble and bounce these mini kickballs in different ways. We finished class with a group game called Stuck In the Mud.

1st grade this week also started class with the activity called Uno Fitness. We played the theme song to Star Wars and played a noodle game called Star Wars.  To end class, we learned and practiced the skill of rolling and played a fun movement game called Hospital.

3rd grade conitnued their Team Building Unit. We started class with a fitness game called Bumper Cars. We then discussed the team building word of the day and played Musical Hoops (nothing like musical chairs). To end class, we participated in an activity called Loop the Loop.
4th grade had a games day due to over half the students attending the muscial festival practice. So, the students that stayed behind got to play some of their favorite games from the school year. We played Chaos and Satellites.
5th grade this week continued with their Fitness Testing (Fitnessgram). This week we did the Push-up test for Muscular Strength and Curl-ups for Muscular Endurance.

7/8 grade group A and Group B finished up doing their fitness testing. Both classes either did the Curl-Up test (Muscular Endurance), Push-Up test ( Muscular Strength), or the Sit & Reach test (Flexibility)

WEEK #30

K4 finally got the chance to do their Easter lesson. We have missed a lot of Fridays!! We started class exercising to the song called The Bean Bag Boogie! We then took plastic eggs and manipulated them by balancing, spinning, and using poly spots to pick them up. We ended class with a sharing game called Empty My Basket.

K5 & 1st grade this week learned, discussed, and practiced the concept of teamwork. We started class with a warm-up song called Give Me Ten. We then got some muscular strength and muscular endurance exercise using the Parachute. As a team, we made the parachute do some amazing things. We then ended class playing Sharks & Lifeguards!

2nd grade this week also learned about the concept of teamwork. We participated in activities called Turkey Dance, Transformers, and Partner Pick-Up. Throughout the lesson, we stopped to discuss what teamwork sounds like and looks like!!

3rd grade this week started their 1st day of their Team Building Unit. This week we went over the put down rule and started to discuss the word of the day. The word this week was communication. We started class with an activity called Get the Point. We then played Transformers and Partner Pick-Up.

4th grade classes this week had to combine classes because of a field trip. So, this week, we played a muscular strength & endurance warm-up called Dagger and finished class playing a Fairview favorite called Jail Bird.

5th grade started their 5 Levels of Fitness test using a software program called the Fitnessgram. This week we performed the pacer test which is a test that measures the students cardiovascular endurance. The class was split into two groups with one group going first and the other group keeping track. Then we switched roles.

6th grade started to learn an activity called Pickleball. We started class with a warm-up activity called Step Right Up. We then did some hand-eye coordination drills. We did tap up & tap downs. We then practiced the Pickleball serve with a game called In the Bucket!!

7th/8th grade also started their 5 Levels of Fitness testing using Fitnessgram. This week we did the pacer test (cardiovascular endurance). Here the classes did their best running back and forth to a cadence. The students seemed excited to see how their fitness scores will turn out.