Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy New Year! Jump Rope Activities: Long Rope and Partner Tricks

Happy New Year!  
This month all of my students are learning how to jump rope.
Before Christmas,
partner jump rope trick
Switching Handles is one of the partner tricks the students learned. 
the 1st-5th grade students learned about single rope jumping and partner tricks.  This month they are practicing with long ropes and Chinese jump ropes.  All of my 3rd-5th grade classes have been practicing a Group Jump Rope Routine as our fitness activity.  This is the same routine I will use for our jump rope assembly at the end of the month.  We will have Jump Rope for Heart on Valentine's Day again this year!  I hope to post a video of the group jump rope routine soon!  I choreographed it to the song "JUMP" by Van Halen.

Fellow P.E. teachers - to view all of my posts regarding jump rope activities, click on the link JUMP ROPE.

Long Rope Jumping Game:
Pre-K - 2nd grade students learned a game called "Snake in the Grass".  This game idea came from one of my favorite authors, Robert Pangrazi, in his book "Dynamic Physical Education".  I have included many videos of this game below.  Students move the "snake" side to side while the jumper jumps or leaps over it.  If the jumper successfully jumps OVER the snake without touching it 5 times, they "win" and the turn goes to the next person.  If they jump and land on top of the snake, the snake wins and they lose their turn.  They must also land on their feet and not fall down on the floor!

Twirling and jumping a long rope:
1st-5th grade students practiced twirling and jumping a long rope.  We used the cue words "rainbow-click" to remember how to have good form (rainbow at the top, hear the click on the floor).  They have a lot of fun jumping with long  ropes, and it's a great way to practice cooperation and teamwork!

Partner Tricks and Partner Routines: 
Check out the videos below.  I taught the students how to build a partner routine.  This includes a beginning, 3-5 tricks, and an ending.  They were also encouraged to build their own "freestyle" routine which consists of the same skills - beginning, tricks, and an ending.


Chinese Jump Ropes:  Click the link Chinese Jump Ropes for more info.
These work well with all age levels.  Some students have begun to learn a basic pattern, "Americans" pattern, and the Name Game.  I will continue to teach this to my students later this month.  Chinese ropes are a good option to have at our Jump Rope for Heart event because they involve no twirling!

Daily Dozen:
All Pre-K-5th graders do the Daily Dozen every day!  The students are becoming stronger!  Their form is getting better, and I am so impressed with their push-ups!  They are working on touching their nose to the floor. The student in the picture below had light up shoes.....so we turned the lights down and did the daily dozen so we could all see his shoes light up.  It was pretty cool!
Light up shoes with lights dimmed - looks pretty awesome!

Check out some videos!

Long Rope Videos


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thankful for my school and SHAPE Michigan!

This Thanksgiving, when my family took turns going around the table saying what we are thankful for, my answer was 1) my family and 2) a job that I LOVE!  I remember when I was in college at Grand Valley State University, one of my Movement Science professors said his favorite day of the week is Monday because he loves coming to work so much.   I remember thinking he must be stretching the truth...........who doesn't love Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays the most?  But he was sincere!  I do enjoy my weekends, but I am truly thankful for a job that I love coming to!  I am so blessed to be able to teach almost 700 students each week, and have the space and equipment I need.

Speaking of equipment, I am also thankful for SHAPE - Michigan, who fulfilled a $500 grant I wrote last spring!  I have been using the new equipment on a daily basis for a variety of activities.  The grant I wrote was for "Color My Class" equipment, and also two "Cone Qwik Netz".  This year I started organizing my class by rainbow colors, and it has been great!  The equipment I ordered is all in rainbow sets, so this helps the students stay organized, and also teaches colors to our youngest students.  See the pictures below of just SOME of the new things!
I love these cones I bought with my grant money.  They hold signs on the top!

Cone Qwik Netz
2nd graders playing tennis with our new nets from SHAPE - Michigan!
2nd graders playing tennis with our new nets from SHAPE - Michigan!
I came up with a new game called "Color Collection Relay".  We used lots of our new equipment from SHAPE - Michigan!

Color Collection Relay Set up.  Each rainbow team had to take turns collecting objects of their color and put it in their hula hoop.  The last few minutes, they worked as a team and played with the items they collected.
After the relay they played with their team and the things they collected!

After the relay they played with their team and the things they collected!

After the relay they played with their team and the things they collected!

After the relay they played with their team and the things they collected!

After the relay they played with their team and the things they collected!

Students playing "Thankful Tag" the day before Thanksgiving break.  Players who were tagged had to sit down.  Someone helped them by sharing what they are thankful for.

Students playing "Thankful Tag" the day before Thanksgiving break.  Players who were tagged had to sit down.  Someone helped them by sharing what they are thankful for.

Students playing "Thankful Tag" the day before Thanksgiving break.  Players who were tagged had to sit down.  Someone helped them by sharing what they are thankful for.

Thankful for our Watchdog program and the fathers who come in to volunteer!  This Watchdog is doing the V-Sit during our Daily Dozen Warm-Up!
Check out our November Daily Dozen!  Next is a video of my "Thanksgiving Dinner Relay".
 




Sunday, November 13, 2016

November Activities in P.E. and Thanksgiving Game Ideas


I wish I had more time to post!  I can not believe we are already half way through November!  We
Arm Hang Underhand Grip
Flexed Arm Hang - underhand grip
have been doing so many fun things in P.E. class.  Since the last time I wrote, my students have participated in the following activities:

1.  Centers activities in our upper level (log rolls, somersaults, balance beam, tunnel, hula hoop, etc)
2.  Flexed Arm Hang  -Thanks to Mr. Basaiga for helping with this!  See pics below....
3.  Exercise Balls - Thanks to Mrs. Fisher for leading small groups!   See pics below...
4.  Monkey Bar Ladder (Upper Level - 2nd-5th)
5.  Soccer Skills and Games
6.  Spider in the Web and Halloween Tag Games

For the rest of this month, my students will participate in Relay Activities, and Thanksgiving Fitness games such as Thanksgiving Tag, The Turkey and the Farmer, or the Thanksgiving Match Game.

Here is another video of The Turkey and the Farmer which shows the students playing in real time.  Thanks for Tracy Zappone for this idea!

Thanksgiving games are not only fun and great exercise, but they provide an opportunity for a mini history lesson on our first Thanksgiving!  It's also a great time to have students share their own stories about what their families do to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thank you Mr. Basaiga for volunteering!

She makes it look so easy!
Mrs. Fisher is a personal trainer and instructor at the YMCA.  She is also a parent of two of our students!  Thank you Mrs. Fisher for leading small groups.  The students really enjoyed it!





Students learned about goalie stance and had turns to be goalie in the game "GO SCORE".


Students learned about goalie stance and had turns to be goalie in the game "GO SCORE".

We pretend that the black mat is a huge soccer net and use 2 goalie here!



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!

http://carly3.blogspot.com/2014/10/october-games-for-pe-halloween-tag.html
http://carly3.blogspot.com/2010/10/hide-and-seek-trick-or-treat-tag.html
http://carly3.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-games-for-pe-class.html
http://carly3.blogspot.com/2013/10/trick-or-treat-relay-halloween-game-for.html


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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....)

I CAN:
  • 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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