Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2013 Wisconsin Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year!!!

2013 WHPE Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year!

This isn't very easy to do, but several colleagues convinced me of the advocacy benefits. I am going to toot my own horn. To put Physical Education into the spotlight. Healthy students are absolutely better learners.  I feel that this award is a great honor, not just for me, but also for my school, Fairview, and my school district, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)!!! I would first like to thank Brett for nominating me, for my fantastic and wonderful students for allowing me to teach them everyday, to the many different staff member's throughout my career that have taught me how to be a true professional, and to WHPE for honoring me with this awesome award!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!

Monday, November 18, 2013


Halloween Obstacle Course Time!!!!! Every grade K4 thru 8th this week participated in Fairview's annual 5 Levels of Fitness obstacle course.  We turned off the lights and played great Halloween music. The students absolutely love this!



K4 thru 1st grade's ASAP was called Go Touch. We then practiced moving in general space with a game called Beep Beep Times Up. To end class, we took that concept and played a simple chasing and fleeing activity named Bippity Boppity Boo.

2nd and 3rd grade's ASAP was called Do What I Say Not What I Do. We then went over catching cues and practiced with a game called Concentration Catch. We ended class with more catching practice in an activity called Island Ball.

4th thru 8th grades ASAP was named The Rock, Paper, Scissors Challenge.  We then reviewed our throwing and catching skills with a game called Toss and Catch Tag. To end class, we practiced even more with an activity called Island Ball.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


K4 thru 2nd grade's ASAP for the week was a movement song called Singing In The Rain. We then played Monster one more time since the kids loved it so much. To end class, we played Stop, Drop, and Roll to celebrate Fire Safety Week. Here we reviewed the basic fire safety protocols within the activity.

3rd thru 5th grade's ASAP was a listening and reaction action activity called Quick Hands. We then played a fitness game called Musical Fitness to get ready for our Fitnessgram assessments. To end class, we also reviewed the basic fire safety protocols with a game called Fire Fighter.

6th thru 8th grade's ASAP was a muscular strength and endurance activity called Sumo. We reviewed the basic cues for throwing and catching and participated in some games called Pattern Passing and Multiply.


K4 thru 1st grade's ASAP was the movement song called Animal Action. We then used yarn balls for some manipulating fun. To end class, we played the awesome game of Monster. One of Fairview's all time classic activities!!

2nd grades ASAP was the activity called Line Graph Workout. We then reviewed the foot skills kicking and passing with some super quick foot drills. We finished class with a game called Pin Guard where we put our foot skills into action.

3rd thru 5th grade's ASAP was called Locomotor Fun. We then went over the cues for passing and kicking with our feet and played Expansion Ball. We used those skills to play two games called Pirates and King/Queen of the Hill.

6th thru 8th grade's ASAP was a muscular strength activity named Finger Battle. We went over the basic cues for throwing and catching with some practice drills. We ended class playing a game called Toss and Catch Invasion.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


K4 thru 1st grade's ASAP for this week was called I see... you see... We then discussed what Self Space is and practiced the concept with a movement song. We practiced manipulating a deck ring and finished class playing a game of Soccer Tag.
2nd thru 5th grade's ASAP for the day was called 4 Corners or Secret Handshake Tag. We then learned and discussed the different foot skills and finished class playing The Fox and The Hound.

6th thru 8th grade's ASAP was named Triangle Tag. We then discussed the two types of calories (empty and whole calories). We then played the activity called Energy In and Energy Out to reinforce the concepts.


K4 thru 1st grade's ASAP (Activity as Soon as Possible) was called Body Parts. We then played a physically active pretend activity called Ladders. We finished class manipulating bean bags and playing a game called Hot Foot.

2nd grades ASAP for the day was called Scat Cat. We then practiced getting into groups with a game called Body Parts. To finish class, we played Mosquito Tag to go over an aspect of Sportsmanship.

3rd thru 5th grade's ASAP for the day was called Meet and Greet. We then participated in an activity called Connection Eyes where we discussed the word of the day. We went over the word "communication." We played the activity verbally and non-verbally while getting physically active.

6th thru 8th grade's ASAP was named Meet and Greet. We then learned what a calorie is and why it's important. We then played the activity called Catapult where we had to burn one pound of body fat. We discussed why it's so hard to lose a pound of body fat.


Every class this week went over the class expectations. But, of course, we didn't sit the whole class period. We learned our expectatios while moving!!
K4 and K5 played Piece of Tape, Copy Cat, Apples/ Teeth, and Beat the Clock while learning the class expectations. We might need a few weeks to learn these!!
1st thru 5th grade participated in Human Rock-Paper-Scissors. We then finished class practicing the class expectations with an activity called Everybody's It Tag. We played several different ways so that we could incorporate the PBIS expectations for the year.

6th thru 8th grade's ASAP for the day was called Eye Contact. We then got our assigned seats and went over the grading procedures. Next, we exercised with a game called True or False Get Away. Throughout class we discussed the class expectations.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New School Year!!!!

New School Year!!

"A Healthy Mind and Healthy Body Equals Self-Confidence"

Welcome to the beginning of a new school year-a great time to emphasize the importance of physical activity in your child's education which is vital to his or her health, wellness, and academic success!!!! Children should accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This year I will be continuing my Fairview Physical Education Web Site!!Throughout the 2013/2014 school year, I will be posting what is being covered in your child's Physical Education class. I will also be posting the monthly Physical Activity Newsletter, as well as, the monthly fitness calendar online at Fairview's web page. It is listed under my name in the meet the staff heading. It's Fairview's way of going green throughout the school year. Make sure to visit often as I will constantly be adding new material to the site throughout the school year. KEEP MOVING!!!!!!
The childhood epidemic will improve only when good health and nutrition are seen as keys to helping children succeed in school rather then something that takes away form learning time.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sorry for lack of posts!! But some good news!!!

To all my followers.  I'm very sorry I have been absent from blogging for part of this school year. It's just been one of those years!! Because of the hectic school year, I was only able to put half of my Physical Education lessons up for this year. Hopefully next year I can get back on track. There is some good news this year. I was awarded the WHPE (Wisconsin Health and Physical Education) Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the year award for the 2013 school year. I did not earn this award alone. I would like to thank everyone who has helped throughout the years. Nothing is accomplished without help! I would like to thank Brett for nominating me, my family for helping me along the way, my wife for always being by my side, and finally my students at Fairview for allowing me to share my love for movement with them. I'm having a great summer and enjoying some much needed down time to come back next school year re-energized!! Thanks again for following my PE blog!!! Mr. Beringer

Thursday, April 4, 2013

WEEK #15

K4 thru 2nd grade this week started getting ready for Jump Rope Heart!!! We started class playing a Cardiovascular activity called Tail Tag. We then took the jump ropes and manipulated them in different ways depending on the grade level. We turned the jump ropes into hair, a mustache, ties, ear rings, etc. We then started to learn the basics of jump roping. We first practiced jumping, then turning the rope, and then putting it together. If there was time, we finished class playing Tail Tag again.
3rd thru 5th grade this week continued with their volleyball skills. But we also had to start getting ready for JRFH. We went over how to measure our jump rope and went over some of the jump rope basics. We then went over the volleyball passing skill of setting. To end class, we played the game called Alphabet.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WEEK #14

K4 thru 1st grade this week started class with an activity called Uno Fitness. We then used plastic grocery bags for creative movement and hand-eye catching activities. We made parachutes, movement patterns, snowballs, and rockets. We then finished class playing a game called Bag Flag Tag.
2nd grade this week started class doing a 5 Levels of Fitness activity called Fitness Puzzles. We then finished class by participating in Treasure Island. It is a game where students practice using their spatial awareness, dodging, and locomotor skills in a game situation.
3rd thru 8th grade started working on volleyball. The students were reminded that we will never really play volleyball but that we will learn the movement skills that go with volleyball and participate in activities that make us use the skills we're learning. So, this week we began class with volleyball fitness activities. Here we used the volleyballs to do various 5 levels of fitness activities. Then we went over the underhand/overhand serve (depending on grade). To end class, we either played Bombs Away or Dead Fish. All the grades had a blast!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

WEEK #13

K4 thru 2nd grade this week started class with a great muscular endurance and cardiovascular song called The Jumping Jack Song. We then discussed all the awesome physical activity sports that people play, some that require us to strike an object with our body (basketball, soccer, etc.) and some where you use an object to strike the object (baseball, hockey, etc.). We got out the plastic candy canes I purchased at the dollar store and we practiced striking an object with another object and learned basic hockey striking skills. We then finished class playing a game called Hockey Tag!
3rd thru 8th grade this week started class with their 5 levels of fitness warm-up. This week we played Knockout, a fitness warm-up that incorporates all 5 levels of fitness. We then played a great lower body muscular strength and endurance game called Battle Ball where a cage ball was used.  


WEEK #12

K4 thru 1st grade started class with a movement song called Animal Action. We discussed how our bodies can move in so many cool ways. We then discussed the skill of catching and the cues that go along with it. We had some self catching time where I walked around and helped students. Last we played a class game called Snowball Fight. But this wasn't your normal Snowball Fight. In this game, you wanted to actually allow your classmates to catch the ball. The more snowballs we caught the more points the class could get. They absolutely loved this game!!
2nd grade this week began class with a muscular strength and endurance activity called The Turkey Dance. Here we learned about mirroring and same and different. Next we played a game called Smash The Turkey. Here we discussed and learned about offense and defense.
3rd thru 8th grade finally finished their fitness testing and we were back to our normal lesson structure. We started class with a 5 levels of fitness game called Wipe Out. Again, this game is performed to the song called Wipe Out by the Safaris. We then discussed the cues of catching and played the game Island Ball that every grade seems to love.

Monday, January 14, 2013

WEEK #11

K4 thru 1st grade started class with a cardiovascular activity named Number Scrabble. It is a great moving in space activity that teaches movement awareness along with math concepts. We then got out the hula hoops and did some hula hoop tricks. We finished class playing Bumper Cars. It is a game where the students learn to play fair, take turns, and handle the concept of losing.
2nd grade this week started class with a great 5 levels of fitness activity called Wipe out. The game is played to the song Wipe out by the Safaris!! We reviewed the cues of the skill of catching and played Island Ball one more week to get more practice in that skill.

3rd thru 8th again continued to participate in their fitness testing. This week we discussed the WHY? we need to be flexible and WHY? stretching is important to overall health. We exercised to a game called Chaos first so that we could get our muscles warmed up for our flexibility test. To end class, we got out the sit and reach boxes and performed our flexibility test.

WEEK #10

K4 thru 1st grade learned about the 3 main jobs of our muscles. These are to move our bodies, protect our bones, and to help us lift, carry, and pull things. We then participated in the muscle song called Give Me Ten. We then discussed the skill of rolling. We went over the cues and practiced. To end class, we played a rolling game named Try To Catch A Turkey.
2nd grade this week went over the skill of catching. We discussed the cues and played an activity called Concentration Catch for practice. This way I could evaluate who needed help. We then played a game called Island Ball. My students seem to love this game!!!!
3rd thru 8th grade continued with their fitness testing by performing the curl up and push up tests. This week we discussed why Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance is important for our muscles and health. Again the students were told that they were not going to be graded on how many they did but on the effort they put out. All classes did a fantastic job!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013


K4 thru 2nd grade this week reviewed and practiced the skill of throwing overhand, as well as, talked about playing fair. We started class with the game called Fire and Ice to improve our cardiovascular systems and open space movement skills. We then had some throwing practice time where I observed and made corrections where necessary. To end class, we played the classic game called Clean Up Your Backyard where we practiced playing fair and along with throwing overhand.
3rd thru 8th grade this week started their fitness testing. Before we started the Pacer Test we discussed the reasons WHY? we're doing it. I also made sure to remind the students that they were not being graded on how many pacer laps they did but on how much effort they gave during the test. My student were nervous to see how many they could get and if they were going to be in the fitness zone. EVERY CLASS DID A WONDERFUL JOB!!!!!!



K4 thru 2nd grade this week learned about the benefits of exercise!!! To start class, we exercised to a warm-up activity called One Step Behind. We then played Go Touch, Beep Beep Times Up, and Bippity Boppity Boo to provide the benefits of exercise.

3rd thru 8th grade this week also learned about the main benefits of exercise and continued to get ready for their fitness testing. We began class with a Fitness Circuit and then played a great activity called Catapult. Here we used physical skills, as well as, developed our fitness levels while providing our bodies with the benefits we discussed earlier.

Monday, January 7, 2013

WEEK # 7

Halloween Obstacle Course Week!!!

This week was the annual Halloween Obstacle Course week. My students look forward to this obstacle course every year. The students get the opportunity to go through an eight station, 5 levels of fitness course in the dark. In the background, I play some Halloween music along with some bright orange lights being lit up throughout the gym in the background.


K4, K5, 1st, and 2nd grade this week played Monster Tag. I promised them we would play one more time since we didn't get alot of time to play it before. We then celebrated fire safety week by playing a game called Stop, Drop, and Roll. Here we learned the basics of fire safety along with learning to use our voice to get help.
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade this week began class participating in a cardiovascular activity called Mosquito tag. We then went over the motor skill of underhand rolling and played Jailbird to reinforce the concepts being taught.

6th, 7th, and 8th grade started class with a dynamic warm-up along with some function fitness related to soccer/foot skills. We then practiced sole rolls, side rolls, and passing foot skills. We ended class with an activity my students love called Run For Your Life!!!! It is a great passing for accuracy activity!!

WEEK # 5

K4, K5, 1st grade started class with the 5 levels of fitness warm-up called I see...You see.... We then discussed and practiced the principle of self space. We practiced to a movement song called Ain't Too Proud to Beg. We then manipulated deck rings. We rolled, flipped, spun, and kicked them. We then finished class playing a movement game named Gotcha.

3rd thru 5th grade this week started class with two muscular strength and endurance warm-ups called Dagger and Sumo Wrestling (not real wrestling). We then got the flag football belts out and played Sharks and Minnows. It is a great activity for practicing for the pacer test, as well as, practicing our chasing, dodging and fleeing skills.

6th, 7th, and 8th grade started class with an activity called T/F Fitness. We then went over Standard Number 5, exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings, with a game called Ancient Baseball. The success criteria for the day were no put downs, a put up without being cued, and create a team cheer.