Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! January-February, 2019

 

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful winter break and holiday season with friends and family. It is hard to believe we are halfway through the school year.  We have co-created such a wonderful learning community and there is more that we will learn, explore and discover together in 2019. Below are some of the units we’ll study during these months of January and February. Have fun discussing them with your children. Our goal is to value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction. Some examples of activities that build this skill include demonstrations, communication, partner work, group discussions, and role plays.

Kindergarten 

In kindergarten, students will work on cooperative games and station like activities to help improve teamwork, student’s hand eye coordination, and muscular strength. Warm up part that includes children’s yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular, abdominal and muscular strength. In the middle of January we’ll begin a new unit that includes Fitness gram test activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into the above stated activities to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

1st Grade 

In January we’ll begin Fitness Gram testing preparation.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities, obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd – 3rd Grade 

The second and third grade Fitness Gram test review is an introduction and a preparation to the health-related components of fitness.  These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.  The students learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve their strength and muscular endurance, their cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well.  When performing these exercises, the students are also taught the muscles being used for each different exercise. Some type of strength training is incorporated into each and every lesson throughout the unit. These components are important in staying healthy and helping to reduce the risk of many diseases such as diabetes, certain types of cancers and heart disease.

4th –  5th  Grade This January we’ll begin Fitness gram components testing incorporated into relay race activities, games, obstacle course activities, and testing drills. These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.   Fitness gram can be used by students to help them in personal fitness program planning, by teachers to determine student needs and to help guide students in program planning. For each of the areas of fitness, a test is performed by each student to determine their strength in each component.  These particular tests were designed to enforce proper technique of certain exercises and also to promote personal health rather than competition among students.  Students will receive a criterion-based computer analysis of their test results.  This analysis will go home with their report cards.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! November – December 2018

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 will work on cooperative games and station like activities to help improve teamwork, student’s hand eye coordination, and muscular strength. Warm up part that includes children’s yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular, abdominal and muscular strength. In the middle of January we’ll begin a new unit that includes Fitness gram test activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into the above stated activities to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

1st Grade In January we’ll begin Fitness Gram testing.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities, obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd – 3rdGrade The second and third grade Fitness Gram test is an introduction and a preparation to the health-related components of fitness.  These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.  The students learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve their strength and muscular endurance, their cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well.  When performing these exercises, the students are also taught the muscles being used for each different exercise. Some type of strength training is incorporated into each and every lesson throughout the unit. These components are important in staying healthy and helping to reduce the risk of many diseases such as diabetes, certain types of cancers and heart disease.

4th –  5th  Grade This January we’ll begin Fitness gram components testing incorporated into relay race activities, games, obstacle course activities, and testing drills. These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.   Fitness gram can be used by students to help them in personal fitness program planning, by teachers to determine student needs and to help guide students in program planning. For each of the areas of fitness, a test is performed by each student to determine their strength in each component.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Lab Newsletter (3-5)

Science Lab News

September-October 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year! Here is our first Science Lab Newsletter, outlining the units for third grade through fifth grade. Our newsletters will outline the units that each grade is currently studying in the lab. There are four units for each grade across the school year.

Sincerely,

Ms. Henricksen and Mrs. Burke

 

Third Grade To begin the year our third graders will be extending their knowledge of forces and motion by learning about simple machines. The students will think about real world problems and find solutions by using simple machines to help us in our daily lives. They will perform experiments to calculate how much force is being exerted without a simple machine, and with a simple machine. Finally, they will construct an argument to prove the benefits of using simple machines in our daily lives.
Fourth Grade Our fourth graders are exploring ecosystems by building their own in the lab, as part of our first unit on how Animals and Plants interact in their environment! We first conduct a soil study, and then we begin to build class terrariums, to explore the various components of ecosystems. We will then have our own living food chains to help us to understand how producers, and various types of consumers (and decomposers) depend on one another for food energy. They will use that knowledge to develop a model of a food chain and how it works.
Fifth Grade The fifth graders will begin a brand new unit called, “Stars and the Solar System” They will begin by testing out the gravitational force of Earth and explaining how gravity keeps all of the planets in our Solar System in orbit around the Sun. Students will take notice of patterns in our sky including the Sun’s path, changing of seasons, and moon phases, to name a few. They will use their observations to represent data in graphs, construct arguments, and debate with classmates.