It is my pleasure to announce that PS 77 Lower Lab School has been named an Move-To-Improve All Star school for the 2017-18 school year. Move-To-Improve is a program that provides additional physical activity for students in their classrooms. These physical activities usually last for 5 to 10 minutes and are taught by the classroom teacher and teacher assistant.
Physical Education will be heating up in May with continued emphasis on physical activities that develop muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and nutrition.
In all grade levels, students will participate in cooperative activities such as relays, parachute, tic tac toe relay and titanic challenge. These activities require students to work together to achieve a task.
In addition to cooperative games, students will practice floor hockey skills such as stick handling, passing, shooting and goalkeeping. Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will focus primarily on improving their skills in stations. In grades 3rd through 5th, students will play small competitive hockey games. As always, students will be expected to display Lower Lab Values such as courtesy, respect, flexibility and empathy when competing in the games.
Finally, congratulations to the 5th grade track team for their performance at Verizon Stadium on April 20th. Our next track meet will be on May 11th at Icahn Stadium. This meet will showcase our 4th grade runners.
I hope you’ve had a restful spring break. In April, our students will be completing their fitnessgram assessments. The fitnessgram assessments help students and their families develop personal goals for life long fitness. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade participate only in the BMI assessment. This BMI assessment requires the teacher to measure the students height and weight in Physical Education class. The BMI assessment is used as a tool to teach students about body composition.
Students in 4th and 5th grade that missed participating in the pacer test, push-up, curl-up, trunk lift and sit & reach will have an opportunity to make-up their test this month. These assessments are used to teach students about fitness components such as aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
In addition to completing fitnessgram assessments, students in all grade levels will receive nutrition lessons in Physical Education class. Students will learn or review the food groups from MyPlate. In addition, we will discuss why its important to consume enough food and drink plenty of water each day.
Finally, students will continue participating in track and field activities such as hurdles, long jump, shot put, relays, sprints and distance runs. Students in the 4th and 5th grade track team will be training at recess on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. The track meets will be held on Friday, April 20th, 27th and May 11th.
This month, our students will continue discussing fitness components such as flexibility and body mass composition. Students will learn or review the health benefits associated with good flexibility such as improved range of motion and prevention of injury. Students will continue to practice both dynamic and static stretches as well as deep breathing exercises.
In Kindergarten and 1st grade, students will be introduced to track and field activities such as the 2-3 minute distance runs, baton relays, hurdle events, sprints and standing long jump. Students will review vocabulary such as pace, endurance, aerobic fitness and strides. Students will have their height and weight measured for the BMI assessment.
In the 2nd and 3rd grade, students will practice advanced track skills such as the shot put, big hurdles, running long jump, sprints and 3-4 minute distance runs. Students will also play competitive track game such as catch up and centipede. Students will be introduced to the sit & reach as well as the trunk lift assessment.
In the 4th and 5th grade, students will participate in the trunk lift and sit and reach assessments. In addition, they will train and practice all track events such as the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter and 800 meter race. Students will also practice the shot put, long jump and 4 X 100 Relay. The PE lessons will help students prepare for the track meets in April at Icahn Stadium.
Football in PE!!!
In February, students in all grade levels will participate in the Rising Road Runners incentive program. For this program, students will participate in activities that develop proper running form. We will discuss vocabulary such as endurance, strength, flexibility and pace.
In addition to the running program, students will learn/review football skills such as throwing, catching, gripping and carrying the football. In Kindergarten and 1st grade, students will practice carrying the football in relays and stations. In addition, they will use soft gator skin balls to learn the overhand throw and basket catch. The goal for the kindergarten and 1st grade students is to develop eye-hand coordination and body control.
In the 2nd and 3rd grade, students will begin learning advanced skills such as route running, hand offs, switching hands with the ball and throwing for further distances. Students will conclude their football unit by playing an ultimate football. In this game, students must advance the ball up the court and score touchdowns. The football vocabulary for these grades will include end zone, touchdown, quarterback, fumble and interception.
In the 4th and 5th grade, students will participate in fitnessgram assessments such as the sit & reach and trunk lift. These assessments measure students flexibility and muscular strength. In addition, students will review football skills such as throwing, catching, route running, ball security and defense. Finally, students will play in modified football games that enable students to use their skills in-game situations.
In January, students in all grade levels will participate in a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength and endurance. These exercises will be practiced in either stations or with the entire the class. In addition, students will practice sports specific skills such as the two handed toss, basket catch, diamond catch, roll and overhand throw.
In Kindergarten and 1st grade, the students will practice tossing and catching equipment such as scarves, balloons, bean bags and gator skin balls. Students will also practice rolling and throwing balls at targets.
In the 2nd and 3rd grade, students will practice tossing, throwing, rolling and catching equipment with partners. Students will use these skills in games such as ultimate, Castle Ball, Pin Guard and Bowling. In addition, students will practice exercises such as push-ups, curl-ups, planks and leg lifts.
In the 4th grade and 5th grade, students will continue participating in their sports league program. The teams are currently practicing basketball skills such as shooting, rebounding, dribbling and passing. Students utilize these skills while playing in the games at the end of the class period. Finally, students will participate in the fitnessgram curl-up test by the 3rd week of the month.
We have some exciting news! For the third straight year, our students will have the opportunity to participate in free Zumba classes at recess. The classes will be run by certified Zumba instructors from Training Concepts LLC. Classes will be held on Monday’s and Friday’s in the auditorium from 10:05 AM to 10:25 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:25 AM.
Zumba Kids will run on the following dates:
January 8, 12, 26, 29
February 2, 5
If your child is interested in signing up for Zumba, please fill out the school permission slip and Zumba release forms below. Both forms should be turned in to your classroom teacher.
Zumba Kids Waiver
ZUMBA KIDS school permission slip 2017
If you have further questions, please email Mr. Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s going to be an exciting month for the students in Physical Education class. In all grade levels, the students are practicing variety of fitness exercises and sports specific skills.
In grades K and 1, the students are practicing skills that develop eye-hand coordination such as dribbling, passing and catching a ball. In addition, students are practicing movement around equipment such as hula hoops, hurdles and cones. At the conclusion of class, students are developing muscular strength and endurance by doing spaghetti and meatballs, abc push-ups, jumping jacks and squats.
In grades 2 and 3, students are practicing basketball specific skills such as dribbling, chest pass, bounce pass, rebounding, shooting and defense. Students are also practicing fitness exercises such as the push-up, curl-up, planks, leg lifts, squats and lunges. At the conclusion of class, we practice deep breathing, stretches and meditation to help students transition calmly to their next activity.
In grades 4 and 5, students are participating in team activities such as gaga and basketball. For gaga, students are playing a few variations such as team gaga and revenge. For basketball, students are participating in drills that improve their offensive and defensive skills. Finally, students will be taking
the push-up and curl-up tests for their fitnessgram requirements.
Here are video’s from fitnessgram that show proper push-ups and curl-ups
For November, our students will practice exercises that develop muscular strength and endurance such as push-ups, curl-ups, squats and lunges. These exercises will be modified for each grade level so that all students can develop their muscles properly without risk of injury.
In addition to learning muscular exercises, students in the lower grades (K-2) will practice sports-specific skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting for basketball in group stations. We will continue to mix in locomotor movements and aerobic activities into the students workouts as well.
In the upper grades (3-5) , students will prepare for the fitnessgram push-up and curl-up test. Students should aim for completing 6 or more push-ups and 9 or more curl-ups. Click on the link below to see the complete fitnessgram standards for all of the assessments.
Fitness Zone Standards
Here’s the video for the push-up assessment.
For this month, the upper grade students will be participate in Gaga and lead-up basketball activities. Gaga, also known as Israeli Dodgeball, is a sport that incorporates eye-hand coordination, body control and spatial awareness. As always, students will be expected to demonstrate sportsmanship, effort and enthusiasm in PE at all times.
Finally, all classes will earn incentives from the Rising Road Runners for participating in PE class and the running clubs.
In October, our students will practice a variety of locomotors and object manipulation in physical education class.
In the lower grades (k-2), the students will continue practicing locomotors such as walking, skipping, galloping, side shuffling and running. In addition, they will practice soccer specific skills such as dribbling, trapping, passing and shooting on the goal. Most of these skills will be practiced by students in stations setup around the gymnasium or yard.
In the 3rd through 5th grade classes, the students will practice muscular endurance activities such as push-ups and curl-ups. Both of these exercises will be used for the fitnessgram assessments. Please make sure your child practices these exercises at home at least twice a week.
Here’s the link fitnessgram standards
In addition, students in the upper grades will participate in modified soccer games. Students will be expected to show effort, teamwork and sportsmanship at all times.
All of the students will be participating in the Rising Road Runners program. This program teaches students dynamic stretches and proper running technique. Students will receive their Rising Road Runner shirts after completing 10 PE classes.