Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! November – December 2017

Dear Families,

It’s extremely important to engage students in quality fun activities for their own benefit, so please help us by encouraging your children to be physically active outside of school as well.

Kindergarten In kindergarten, students continue to learn the proper technique for loco motor and non-locomotor movements. They are learning the names of body parts and can describe loco motor movements (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). They also practice non-locomotor movements, including bending, curling, stretching, swaying, swinging, turning, and twisting. Students practice relay races by walking, running, jogging, skipping, and etc. from one side of the gym to another.

1st Grade In 1st grade, students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will gain competency in a variety of physical activities. Students will work on improvement their cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd Grade  In 2nd grade, students will continue to learn to value the meaning of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space while playing a game. Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will gain competency in a variety of physical activities. Students will work on improvement their cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition.

3rd Grade  Students will be able to demonstrate adequate use of space and body awareness while performing in soccer games and activities to avoid collision and possible injury. Our third graders continue to demonstrate the concept of adequate personal space by practicing in different soccer related drills. Drills emphasize how students should be moving in open spaces. Examples include: eye-foot coordination, foot work, eye-foot-ball coordination, and etc.

4th Grade  With practice, students will be able to demonstrate adequate use of space and body awareness while performing in soccer games and activities to avoid collision and possible injury. They will use this skill in their advantage to the goals of the game, quickly changing direction, and demonstrating ways of moving around an obstacle course. e.g., travel using a variety of pathways, directions, and levels. Students will demonstrate an understanding of movement principles, strategies and tactics during the soccer unit.

5th Grade  Continue to develop the concept of more complex games and activities. Continue to introduce students to specific plays used in games and discuss how space, direction, and body awareness are used in developing the plays. Students will demonstrate some competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform in soccer like activities. Students will demonstrate an understanding of movement principles, strategies and tactics during the soccer unit.

**Students will continue to learn basic health concepts and hygiene skills. Students will be introduced to the hygiene aspect of germ fighting technique. They will discover that when it comes to germs, nothing spreads them faster than our two hands. Our goal is to emphasize the importance of hand washing for everyone in the family, particularly for kids who think nothing of sneezing into their hands, then reaching into the cookie jar.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova