Physical Education in March

Dear families,

flexibilityThis 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.



Physical Education for February


Footdownloadball 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.

Physical Education for January

Dear families,

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.



Zumba Kids at PS 77


Dear families,

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

Physical Education for December

Dear families,

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

Physical Education for November


Dear families,

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.

gaga pit

Finally, all classes will earn incentives from the Rising Road Runners for participating in PE class and the running clubs.

rising road runners

Physical Education in October

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 programgaga teaches students dynamic stretches and proper running technique. Students will receive their Rising Road Runner shirts after completing 10 PE classes.


Physical Education in September


Welcome back to school! I hope your child is excited about the upcoming year in physical education class. In September, all grade levels discuss the importance of physical education and leading a healthy lifestyle.

In Kindergarten through 2nd grade, students participate in activities that develop spatial awareness and body control. We practice movements such as walking, skipping and galloping. Students participate in activities that develop spatial awareness and body control. 1st and 2nd graders practice the movements at different speeds and pathways around the court. We place special emphasis on students effort, enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

In 3rd through 5th grade, students participate in aerobic activities such as jogging, jump ropes and jumping jacks. In addition, students participate in the pacer test, a fitnessgram test of aerobic endurance. We discuss the importance of aerobic or cardiovascular exercise in both general exercise and sports. Students in the 4th and 5th grade will learn how to calculate their heart rate. Finally, students will be placed into teams for the soccer unit.

As always, feel free to email me for any questions!


Mr. Goodman