It was a pleasure seeing you at back to school night. In case you missed my presentations, i’ve attached the links here in pdf form.
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!
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!
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 choosemyplate.gov/ and healthteacher.com.
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.
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.
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,