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


Physical Education Schedule – Sneakers and more…

Dear parents,
I hope your child is excited about Physical Education class this school year. As a friendly reminder, please make sure your child wears appropriate attire for my class. This includes sneakers, socks, shorts/sweatpants and t shirt/sweatshirt. The sneakers should cover the toes and heals of the foot. Sandals and boots are not permitted. The 4th grade sections are split up into lower strings and upper String groups based on their music instrument. Lower string students (Viola/Cello) will have PE on Monday and upper string students(violin/bass) will have PE on Tuesday.
Please see the schedule below for the day your child must be prepared for PE.
Monday: 3-208, 3-205, 1-103, 4-245 (lower strings), 4-243 (lowers strings)
Tuesday: 4-245 (upper strings), 4-243 (upper strings), k-101, 5-218, 5-220
Wednesday: K-106
Thursday: 2-206, K-106, 2-203
Friday: K-101, 1-141
In addition, there are no waivers or exemptions from PE requirements. If your child has chronic or a temporary medical condition, they still must participate in PE. If there is a medical certificate of limitations (Dr Note), it must indicate the area of the PE program in which they still can participate.
If you have any questions, please email me anytime.
Michael Goodman

Physical Education & Technology
P.S. 77 – The N.Y.C Lower Laboratory School for Gifted Education
1700 3rd Avenue
N.Y.C 10128

School Wellness Update

Dear families,

Its been an amazing month for our students in physical education class. Students in all grade levels have participated in a variety of cooperative games, aerobic activities and competitive sports.

In grades K and 1, students have participated in warm-up activities such as fire and ice, island tag and bump tag. In each round of the warm-up game, students practice a different locomotor skill such as skipping, side shuffling, galloping and running. We focus on changing directions and speeds with these movements. We’ve also used the parachute for cooperative activities and field day practice.


In grades 2 and 3, students have participated in warm-up games such as pac man, never ending tag and Doctor Doctor. In addition, students have run laps for their mighty milers incentive program. For the main activities, students have played modified soccer games and number soccer. We’ve also introduced a new game called Pillow Polo (floor hockey) to the students.


In grades 4 and 5, students have finished playing speed ball in their sports league teams. speedball is a hybrid sport that combines skills from soccer, team handball, basketball and football. Here are some pictures of some of the sports league teams!


Field Day was a smashing success this year! We had an amazing day that both structured and unstructured play. Here are some images from Field Day!

Finally, congratulations to all the students that participated in the morning runnings and track team. We had over 85 students participate in the Developmental Track and Field Series.

Thank you to the families and school staff for making this a really special year in physical education and school wellness!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!

Go Lab!!!!!


School Wellness Update

For the last few weeks, our students in all grades have received nutrition lessons in the gymnasium. The students have learned how to identify the five major food groups. In addition, we’ve had discussions about food allergies, vegan/vegetarians and go vs slow foods. We’ve used curriculum from and

 In addition to nutritional lessons, students have continued practicing for running programs such as Track & Field and Mighty Milers. The students in 1-103 and 1-141 are close to completing their individual goals of running a total of 13 miles by the end of the school year in PE. For their hard work and perseverance, they received their Mighty Milers T-shirts this week. The students in 5-218 participated in a track meet on April 28th at Icahn Stadium. We had several top performances out of this group. Our next meet will be held on May 12th at Icahn Stadium. Go Lab!!!!!!

In the next few weeks, students in K, 1 and 2 will be participating in the spring PE soccer unit. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be playing speedball and team handball in their PE teams.

Mr. Goodman

School Wellness 4.7.17

Track is back!!!!

Our track season is off to a running start! We had our first meet today at Icahn Stadium in Randalls Island. Our students in 5-220 and 4-243 persevered through wind, light rain and cold temperatures to come out ahead of the pack! The entire team looked impressive in this meet and should be commended for their work. We have two more developmental meets on April 28th and May 12th.  We look forward to continued hard work and dedication from the team.

Its PE with Mr. G!!!

In Physical Education, we’ve discussed flexibility and the importance of stretching before and after physical activity. Students have learned a variety of yoga poses such as the downward dog, child pose, tree pose and butterfly. Students have been leading the stretches and counting up to 10 or 15 in a variety of languages. In addition to developing flexibility, students have participated in track and field activities such as long distance runs, sprints, relays, hurdles, long jump and shot. Finally, we practiced deep breathing exercises that are meant to calm the mind and body.



Dear Lower Lab Families,

I hope you had a great summer. As a reminder, please make sure your child wears appropriate attire to Physical Education class. This means that students should wear sneakers, socks, shorts/sweat pants and a t-shirt/sweat shirt. Your Physical Education day will be disseminated by your classroom teacher.Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 9.43.39 PM
Sandals, boots, shoes with any type of heel, croc’s and clogs are prohibited in the gymnasium.
Finally, we’ve been told that no food or drinks are allowed in the gymnasium.  This protocol is back. No event will allow food in this space. This means snacks for after school as well. Lets keep our new Gym clean and beautiful for years to come!
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We look forward to another amazing year of Physical Education class.
Mr. Goodman