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Mary Hurwitz

PHYSICAL EDUCATION = LEARNING THROUGH MOVEMENT
 

Students have been busy playing games and learning. The younger students worked on strengthening the large muscle groups using square scooter. They rolled themselves through the Temple of Doom, trying to collect diamonds. They needed to watch out for the temple guards who could tag them and send them to the dungeon. Fortunately, their classmates could save them with each diamond they recovered.

 

The older student worked on football skills. Besides working on throwing, catching and running patterns, students got to work on their touchdown dances! We held an optional Touchdown Dance Contest in each class. Students who chose not to participate as a contestant were the judges. Congratulations to the following students who took the top honor for their class.

Grade 4                                                          Grade 5

Mr. McAullif-Griffin                                      Miss Imhof- Weili

Mr. Nguyen-Chris and Daniel                        Mr. Moody- Lucy

Mrs. Villas-Sydelle and Joey (tied)                Mrs. Peterson-Aiden and Caden

Ms. Warden- Danica                                       Mrs. Ray-Linnea        

Mr. Zetah-Gabby                                            Mrs. Stefan-Cameron and Ethan (tied)

 

Primary students had a chance to work with a parachute, and then all grades worked on basketball skills. The older students played a game called Zone Basketball. Each zone had it’s jobs for both offense and defense. They students really enjoyed it.

Beginning this week, all classes will begin bowling. We will be setting up bowling lanes in the gym. Students will learn how to hold the ball properly and, depending on their age level, how to do a proper bowling approach. We start them with their opposite foot forward and then add one, two and three steps with each grade level. We also adjust the distance from which they roll the ball. It is a great way to introduce a fun, lifetime activity that is fun for the whole family! We do this unit in December so families looking to be active during winter break have one more option of things they can do. 

When we come back from the winter break, they younger students will be working with jumping rope while the older students play pillow polo. It is similar to hockey, but students play with sticks that resemble large Q-Tips. They will try to hit a ball into a goal. Because of the type of stick we use, even the hockey players have to slow down a bit.

In mid-January, we will be trying a new unit. We will be doing a roller skating unit for grades K-5. There is a $4.00 fee for the roller skate rental, but no one will be denied the opportunity to participate. We will have someone from Skatetime coming out to help the first day of the unit. It is pretty exciting to try something new and also learn a lifelong activity.

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 at 763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail  mary.hurwitz@wayzata.k12.mn. 

Make sure to check out our latest Good Sport winners on the link from my home page too!
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