Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! September-October 2018

Dear Families,

Our students began the school year with not only learning, but being physically active as well. The significance of physical education and sport in a child’s physical, emotional, and social development can’t be overstated.  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.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM! Physical Education is a part of your child’s curriculum and your child will miss the gym if he/she hasn’t dress properly.

Wearing the proper shoes is very important in all sports and nearly every sport requires a specific shoe. For example, basketball players need extra ankle support for all of the lateral movements, and runners need extra cushioning for shock absorption. It is important to have sport shoes if you participate in a physical activity.

Kindergarten In kindergarten, students began to learn the proper technique for locomotor and non loco-motor movements. They learn the names of body parts and discover new locomotor movements (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). They also practice non loco-motor movements, including bending, curling, stretching, swaying, swinging, turning, and twisting. Kindergarten students learn to move through space, including moving side-to-side, and forward-and-back. Students practice stopping and moving on command while walking around the gym and looking around after each stop to see how much space is available.

1st Grade In 1st grade, students continue to learn the proper technique for locomotor and non loco-motor movements. They participate in a variety of games that involve locomotor skills (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). First graders continue to identify, devise, and use adequate space while emphasizing the value of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space during a game. Students will gain the ability to identify their left and right hands with prompts and play games which require sudden movement to the left or right on cue.

In 2nd grade, students learn to value the meaning of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space while playing a game. We discuss factors that affect a person’s movement ability, such as: height, weight, strength, and body shape. We brainstorm the advantages of each factor in particular activities, e.g., height in basketball, weight in wrestling. Lastly, we point out the positive aspects of each factor and that each person’s uniqueness contributes to a stronger individual.

3rd Grade    Our third graders continue to demonstrate the concept of adequate personal space by practicing and participating with moving obstacles and people. They go through the obstacles in a variety of ways: right, left, under, over, high, low, zig-zag and circular pathways. Students will begin to demonstrate skills of thinking strategically and develop plays in specific games. Drills emphasize how students should be moving in open spaces. Examples include: follow your pass, replace your partner, and work in a triangle.

4th –5th  Grade  Forth and fifth graders continue to develop the concept of more complex games and activities. Students are continuing learning specific plays used in games and discuss how space, direction, and body awareness are used in developing the plays. Skills include demonstrating the use of space to gain an advantage, using pathways to develop plays (such as “Straddle Ball”, “Blob Tag”, “Circle Chase”, and etc.), and demonstrating the ability to move around an obstacle course using a variety of directions and movements such as, zig-zag, curved, left, right, diagonal, up, and down. Students are given the opportunity to develop plays in specific games. To make sure they understand, they will have to diagram and present a play that makes adequate use of space. Discussion among students during this activity is encouraged!

Thank you!

Mrs. Glotova

 

 

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! March, 2018

Dear Families,

Have fun discussing games and exercise activities 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, and group discussions. Below are some of the units we’ll study during this month of March.

Kindergarten – In March we’ll finish Fitnessgram activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities; obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

1st Grade – In March we’ll finish Fitness gram activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities; obstacle course activities and/or 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 In March we’ll finish Fitnessgram activities. 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.  Students learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve strength and muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well.  When performing these exercises, students are also taught the muscles being used for each different exercise. Some type of strength and endurance 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  In March we’ll finish Fitnessgram activities. Fitnessgram has components important to support healthy fitness zone of the human body. These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Test is going to be performed by each student within each of the areas of fitness to determine their strength in each component.  Fitnessgram components can be used in students’ personal fitness program planning. 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 at the end of the current school year. 

*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 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