PHYSICAL EDUCATION = LEARNING THROUGH MOVEMENT
In October, students in fourth and fifth grades had an opportunity to learn to play team handball, which is an Olympic event. It is a fast-paced game that incorporates skills from basketball and soccer. While the unit was only a couple of weeks, students seemed to grasp the rules rather quickly.
Now they are finishing their basketball skills unit. The main focus was to learn to shoot a ball with one hand instead of two. Since they are bigger and stronger than they were when they were younger, now is a great time for them to learn this advanced skill.They had a chance to use their iPads and an app called CoachMyVideo. They had a friend record their basketball shot. Then they looked at it, graded the five different aspects of their shot that we covered and learned what areas they needed to practice.
The younger students got to use the wooden scooters. They used their large muscle groups to move indifferent ways around the gym. The favorite activity for most of them was the Temple of Doom. In this game, the students used their scooters to wander around a maze made of mats. They were to try to find the enormous diamonds (to the “untrained” eye, they look like bowling pins!) and take them safely out of the temple. If they weren’t careful,they could have gotten tagged by a temple guard and sent to the dungeon. Once in the dungeon, students were freed if someone saved a diamond and put it in the dungeon’s lock. For every diamond that was saved, two people were freed from the dungeon.
Students in first, second and third grades are all working on dribbling skills. They had a chance to do some passing and shooting too.
In the next week, all students will begin our bowling unit. It is a great way to gain the skills and confidence to play a game that can be played by the whole family during the holidays and the cold winter months.
Please remember if your child has an injury or something that would hinder his or her participation in class, make sure you send a note or contact me to let me know what happened. Many times children can participate in other ways, which allows them to stay a part of the group and will still keep them safe. Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding things we have done in class or how your child is doing in physical education. I can be reached by phone at763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail email@example.com.