Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fun P.E. Game "Hide Out" and Girl's Basketball

Student leading the Daily Dozen Warm-Up
We had another fun week in P.E. class!  The students participated in a variety of activities including the Fitnessgram PACER running test (3rd-5th), a fun game called Hide Out (3rd-5th - see video below), Basketball Centers with our Girl's Varsity Basketball Coach (see pics below), and some of the KKnights-2nd grade classes played the Color Game, Spider in the Web, and practiced leaping and the army crawl.  And of course, all of the students are getting stronger by participating in the warm-up activity "Daily Dozen".

Here is a video description of the game "Hide Out".  Thanks to fellow P.E. teacher Kyle Bragg for sharing this great game.  Check out my addition of the "army crawl" challenge!  The students had a lot of fun!

Varsity Coach - Mrs. Steenland came in to promote the girl's basketball program.  She led the classes in some basketball activities.  She has put a lot of effort into expanding our girl's basketball program, which began this week.  For more info visit Knights Basketball Academy on Facebook.  Thank you coach for coming in to visit us!
Coach Steenland helping a student with shooting form.

Coach demonstrating proper shooting form

The students loved dribbling with coach!
Student doing the army crawl under a hurdle during the "Color Game".

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fun October Games - Halloween Games

This post if for my fellow P.E. teachers out there who are looking for fun games to play before the end of the month!  Usually in October my students are participating in fall fitness testing, learning how to do center activities, and/or beginning our soccer unit.  The last week of October I like to play some fun Halloween games.  Check out the links below to my previous posts with a few printable games, pictures, and videos!

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

First Month of P.E. Class

 Hi everyone,
This is our "Star Chart" to keep track of positive behavior!

I am always glad when the first month of school is completed!  It means that I know all of my students (almost all 700 by name!) and the students know my expectations in P.E. class.  At this point I give the students a "test" on my procedures and if anyone does not pass the test, I re-teach them the procedure during the game time.  I am a stickler for using our time wisely in the gym and not wasting any of our minutes on behavior issues.  Almost ALL of the students past their "test" the first time.  They are very well behaved!  This allows us to have lots of fun, and use our time to exercise and play.

Below is a list of what the students "can do" so far.  I hope to take some videos soon so you can watch some of this in action! (Update - I just posted 2 videos at the bottom....)

  • Find my rainbow spot and do the Daily Dozen (How to enter the gym and start the warm-up)
  • Play "Hot Wheels" (Fitness Activity - walking or jogging around the gym safely in the correct "lanes")
  • Move safely in the gym / Spacial Awareness / Personal Space
  • Listen during instruction time
  • Freeze when I hear the whistle
  • Clean Up Nicely
  • Be a leader (I have started choosing a student leader each day for each class period)
SKILLS that students have practiced this month:
  • Playing safely with rhinoskin balls (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
  • Hula Hoops (PreK-1st)
  • Rolling a ball / Bowling
  • Defensive position 
  • Throwing and Catching (3rd-5th)
  • Moving safely while playing tag
  • Walking/Jogging/Stopping and weaving through bowling pins
  • 12 Basic exercises

This is a sample agenda.  We always have a warm-up, fitness activity, skills practice and game time.  All in a 27 minute session (twice per week)! 
I just took a video of our Daily Dozen Warm-Up and Center Activities.  See below!
Daily Dozen Warm-Up

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome back to school!


Welcome back to school!  The gym is ready to welcome nearly 700 students next week!  I am back to working full time, and am ready to have a fantastic start to the new year!  Parents - a curriculum brochure will be coming home soon along with information on our GET SWEATY exercise program.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about P.E.  Thanks - Mrs. Glanzman

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hi Everyone!  This month has been filled with a variety of fun activities for my students.  It's amazing how much learning happens in 55 minutes per week!  Check out the list of skills we covered over the past few weeks:
underhand serve for volleyball
These pictures are from the EPEC curriculum.

1)  Volleyball Skills
2)  Throwing/Catching
3)  Jump Rope (in our warm-up "Jump Jog & Stretch")
4)  Parachute (K-2nd) - Teamwork and Cooperation
5)  Loco-motor Skills (in my new warm-up called "Highway")
6)  Tumbling (K-2)

Volleyball is one of my favorite units to teach.  3rd-5th graders learn the Volleyball underhand serve and 4th-5th play Newcomb.  My K-2 graders gain experience using the volleyball equipment in other activities. 

Soon we will celebrate MARCH MADNESS by dedicating the month to learning BASKETBALL SKILLS!   Students will continue with my new "Highway Warm-Up" for the next few weeks as well. 

During the last week of school before spring break, the music teacher and I will be combining our classes to teach DANCE.   The students will learn how to move to music by performing aerobic dances, line dances and circle dances.  This year we hope to introduce square dancing to 4th-5th graders as well!

P.E. Teachers - If you are looking for information on how to teach Parachute skills and games,  please click on this link to my parachute blog posts.  You will find a link to a printable document with my teaching tips, and also a LOT of videos of games! 

Also, If you are looking for a fun warm-up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, check out my "Gold Coin Exercises" video!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Scooter Games for Physical Education Class

I had a very FUN week with the students!  We recently finished up our Jump Rope unit and will begin our Volleyball unit (3rd-5th) and Tumbling (K-2) next week.  Between units I like to dedicate one week for what I call "fun fitness games".  Fun fitness games are games that are 1)FUN, 2) teach a skill, and 3) help the students become more fit.
Agenda for this week

For all of my P.E. teacher friends out there....I discovered a great new resource!  Check out Benjamin Pirillo on youtube!  This is where I discovered the "Spaghetti and Meatball" scooter game. 

Below are the activities we did this week:

1)  New Warm-Up for February - Jump Jog and Stretch
2)  Skill - How to ride a scooter SAFELY
3)  Scooter Games - Spaghetti and Meatballs
4)  Scooter Game  - Tow Truck (My 3rd graders were the only classes who had time to learn this- see picture below.  The "tow truck" had to stay in front of the "car" and walk.  If car went in front of the truck, they had to do 10 exercises.)

Check out pictures and videos below of these activities!
Warm-Up - Jump Jog and Stretch

Scooter Game

Meatball Tagger touching a scooter
Scooters parked
This is how we "park" the scooters
This is where students stand if they get tagged in our scooter game.  Usually takes 30 seconds to get back in!

scooter game
Tow Truck Scooter Game!

scooter game
Tow Truck Scooter Game!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Attention fellow P.E. teachers -

SHAPE - Michigan (Society for Health and Physical Education) is offering a workshop in Kent City on Saturday, March 12th.  I will be presenting at this workshop.  The title of my presentation is:  Every Minute Matters - Activities, Procedures and Tips to Maximize time in P.E. class.  

If you are interested in attending, please follow this link:   ONLINE REGISTRATION
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Hope to see you there!