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Monday, March 19, 2018

K-1: Students have been working on overhand and underhand throwing.  The emphasis at this age is their throwing technique- turning their bodies so the opposite shoulder is facing the direction of the throw, stepping with the opposite foot, and bringing the ball up near their ear in a "tic-tock" motion.  The throwing unit included a station play lesson where students were throwing bouncy balls off the wall, bean bags into small goals, yarn balls at bowling pins and our very own paper airplanes (especially made without the pointy tips :)).  Kindergarten and first graders also played a game called "Oscar's Garbage Can" which has become a kid favorite. We concluded the unit with a game of "frog toss.” This activity gave the students a chance to practice their accuracy with the underhand toss.  If their beanbag landed in, on or knocked something over they got to bring the object back to their team. I like to say... "make it take it!"

2-3:   Second and third graders have been working on their throwing as well.  They too, started the unit off with throwing/catching stations that involved throwing spider balls to the wall, velcro targets and scoops.  These students also had an opportunity to put their throwing practice into good use in a game called “battleship.” In this game, groups attempted to sink another group's ship by knocking over their pins.  Kids had to really think about the throwing technique to help increase their accuracy.
 I concluded the throwing unit with a crowd favorite called the "Frog Toss".  This is an underhand tossing game in which hundreds of pieces of equipment are placed in front of the class.  Groups must take turns tossing the frog out into the "pond" area so that their frog either lands in, on, or knocks something over.  If this is done, students may take the object that the frog landed in or on back to their group where they will eventually tally up their points at the end of the game.  All objects have different point values based on the difficulty to obtain.  

4-5: The fourth and fifth grade throwing unit consisted of a round of castleball as well as a new version of a game called “Kingpin”.  In this game, students had to combine the skill of throwing with capture the flag…(except students weren’t trying to capture anything!)  Students had to sneak over to the other team’s play area to attempt to throw a ball and knock over one of their bowling pins without getting tagged.  Lots of fun as you can imagine! The older students have more of an opportunity to use the skill of throwing in more of an "open environment.” They might be throwing with someone defending them such as in Kingpin or throwing at stationary targets with people blocking/guarding them in the game of castleball.  The fourth and fifth graders also took time away from throwing and worked on team building. This is something I like to do a few times throughout the school year. Students attempted to cross “The Meuse” and solve the “Sinking Raft” challenge. Both activities required the students to show a great deal of perseverance, teamwork, and communication. 






Tuesday, January 16, 2018

December / January Blog

K-2:  Time to Roll out the balls!  ⚽🎾⚽🎾⚽🎾⚽  My younger students finished up using a variety of manipulatives and moved into some ball play.  These units will cover a number of important physical skills such as rolling, throwing, dribbling (both hands and feet), and catching.  We recently started with a rolling/bowling unit.  In this unit, students learned and improved on their rolling techniques and skills.  Stepping with the opposite foot was emphasized as well as fielding the ball with both hands while bending the knees.  They had a chance to put their practice into a game called "bowling blitz".  For this game, each student received a bowling pin and placed it in a circle around the center of the gym.  20 - 30 playground balls were placed in the middle.  Mr Grigsby started rolling balls out of the center and tried to knock down someone's guarded bowling pin.  If this happened, that student was then able to join me in the middle.  This continued until most joined the rolling group.  Wow, were there some accurate bowlers and alert pin guards!
Check out   Mrs.  La Marre's kindergarten class in action:





4-5:            
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If you guessed Titanic, you guessed right.  The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students had an opportunity to complete the "Titanic Challenge".  This is a team building activity that tests the class' ability to communicate, cooperate, and demonstrate that "grit" that is needed throughout the lifetime.  In this challenge, students were given the scenario that they were on the Titanic (gym mats)  and after striking an ice burg (hula hoops, mats, poly spots, and other miscellaneous equipment) , they were slowly taking on water and needed to get everyone off the great ship and onto the life boat (gym mat on the other side of the gym).  Between the boats were many ice burgs that the students could use to make it across.... however,  if anyone stepped into the "frigid waters" the whole class had to start over.  They also had to follow the rule that once an ice burg had been touched, another student had to touch it or else they would lose it eventually stopping other students from making it to safety, and again resulting in everyone starting over.  As you can imagine, it took a total team effort to make it across.  Here is a look at some of the groups that made it across successfully....












Friday, December 8, 2017

November Blog

🦃 K-1:  It was so wonderful seeing so many new faces entering the gym along with our more experienced first graders to start the school year off.  I find that, a great way to get our younger friends moving through the first few weeks of school is through the use of manipulative equipment.  For example, throughout the first few months of school, students used equipment such as hula hoops, bean bags, and deck rings to work on skills such as manipulation, cooperation, spacial awareness, balancing and coordination to name a few.  I also weaved in a few “gym goodies” that most students truly enjoy such as variations of tag, station play and, of course,  the “rope swing”.  


🦃 2-3:  Second and third graders kicked the year off with a soccer unit.  It included games such as soccer maniacs (2nd grade) and soccer bandits (3rd grade) that concentrated on the skills of dribbling and playing defense.  These games were nice lead up activities into modified games of soccer such as end line and four goal soccer.  These games are not your ordinary games of soccer as they include equipment such as gym mats, bowling pins, and 3-4 soccer balls at a time.  Lots of excitement and opportunity to improve on those soccer skills.
Another major unit that second and third graders completed was a frisbee unit.  Students were taught how to throw a basic frisbee toss and were given many opportunities to practice.  Second graders practiced by throwing with a partner, playing a quick round of frisbee golf, and a little target tossing.  Third graders practiced with an activity called “perfect pass” in which hula hoops were spread out over most of the gym floor.  One student per group would run and stand in one of the hoops while a teammate attempted to pass it to them.  If they caught the frisbee, they got to bring the hula hoop back to their team.  Groups tried to get as many hula hoops as possible.  The unit concluded with a game called end zone frisbee in which groups got as many points as possible by throwing to their teammates in the end zone.  Students had a great time, all while exercising and improving on their frisbee throwing and catching.  


🦃 4-5:  Fourth and fifth grade students completed a number of units as well.  With the nice weather that we had throughout much of the spring, we were able to begin the school year outside with a field games unit that included a few versions of capture the flag.  One of the versions was four way capture the flag in which each group was simultaneously trying to get four of their colored flags all while trying to protect their own.  Another version that was played was called capture the ball.  This was a new activity that the students tried for the first time this year and going by the student’s feedback, it was a big hit.  Using the entire field for these games allows for some great cardiovascular training.  

These students also completed soccer and frisbee units as well.  Fourth and fifth graders typically spend more of their class time on game play.  Students played four corner and pinball soccer during the soccer unit and were able to get into an organized game of ultimate frisbee to finish of the frisbee unit.  These games provide much opportunity to discuss some of the key components of physical education such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and effort.  

Friday, September 29, 2017


*  Sneakers were completed by many 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.  We might have some future sneaker designers.  What do you think?


Welcome back all Peter Noyes Families!  I hope you had a great summer and found some time to kick back and relax as a family.  I know I saw a few of your children at camp throughout the summer. Always a bonus to hear "Hey, Mr. Grigsby"  or "Can I really call you Brian at camp?".  

It didn't take long to "kick off" the 2017 school year in physical education class.  As you can see above, many students in grades three through five helped create a reminder that will hopefully, make my life easier and your children's bodies healthier and safer.

Please stay tuned throughout the school year for more happenings in physical education.  Pictures, videos, and descriptions of what your little kiddos are up to physical education class will be included.  

For Example.... take a look at what my first, second and third grade students enjoyed.  These first graders were using the "Fling It Nets".  Partners worked together to see how high they could launch their ball.  Launching was only half the challenge though, because they also had to maneuver the net in order to make the catch.








Friday, May 19, 2017

April and into May Post

Kindergarten through second grade:  Well the school year once again seems to be flying by, little seems new anymore for our "almost" first, second and third grade students.  However, in physical education class I am still seeing that first time look on many faces especially in the kindergarten as we've moved into the scooter and parachute units.  Yes, the scooters and parachute seem to be "automatic fun and excitement" but I try to not let the students forget WHY we use this fun equipment. To exercise our bodies of course!    Another major reason for using the scooters is that they provide an excellent opportunity to work with other students.  As you can see here, students had to cooperate and take care of their partner as they safely pulled each other around the gymnasium....

Click Campbell  to see what these little kiddos were up to on the scooters!


The parachute also provided many opportunities to work together as a whole unit.  Much of what we do with the parachute would not happen if the entire class did not work together.  Ask your kids about creating an igloo, making jello, the ostrich, running underneath, and running around the parachute to name a few.  Week two of the parachute brought more excitement.  Classes had to work together to catch the fox, send our pig through the ceiling, or escape the hungry sharks under the parachute.



Finally, kindergarten and first graders had a chance to "take a trip to the jungle".  This activity provided many opportunities for the students to explore creative movements.  They were asked to move around like cheetahs, snakes, frogs, and birds to name a few.


     
 


Click here for "In The Jungle" video



Grades three through five:
These grade levels also had a chance to roll around the gym on the scooters.  Again, with the older grades, I take the scooter experience that they have with me from past years and plug it into some games and activities.  One of my favorites is a game called "Push Goal Ball".  Talk about a workout in the legs....  In this game the classes were divided into four teams.  Each team had a 20 foot goal, everyone had to sit on their scooters and the object of the game was to scoot around and attempt to push the Kinball (48 in) ball into another team's goal.  Here are a few classes in motion...






Mrs. Whitehead's class on scooters
Mrs. Bennett's class on scooters
Mr.  Huelin's class on scooters


3rd, 4th, and 5th graders also had a chance to learn and improve on their paddle and racquet skills.  Students were given a chance to practice these skills before the nets appeared in class.  Many of the students commented on how much they enjoyed badminton. (inside and free of wind...what a difference)






Outside of having fun on the scooters and swinging the paddles, all third, fourth and fifth grade students have been busy practicing and completing their annual fitness tests.  Each student is asked to give their best effort in three different areas: flexibility, core strength, and cardiovascular endurance.  For the flexibility, we use a form of the sit and reach that looks at both sides of the body. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_NL2Pke4NM&t=10s

The second assessment that students completed was the curl up or sit up assessment.  Students attempted to perform as many curl ups as they could, as long as they were maintaining proper form as well as keeping up with the cadence.   Again, here is a video demonstrating the proper technique:  (In case you would also like to give it a try!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLA_9kx1AkY

The final of the three assessments to be completed by all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders was the mile walk/jog.  Each of the students were encouraged to complete the mile to the best of their ability.  Like all of the assessments, classes are given many opportunities to practice.  This might mean taking some long warm up laps around the playground and/or gym and discussing the idea of pacing yourself which tends to be one of the more difficult skills to teach.  I was truly impressed and proud of the way so many students finished their mile and then went on to either cheer on those still running, or better yet, walk and run with them.




Monday, March 6, 2017

March Post

Kindergarten and First Grade:   Students have been working on overhand and underhand throwing.  The emphasis at this age is their throwing technique- turning their bodies so the opposite shoulder is facing the direction of the throw, stepping with the opposite foot, and bringing the ball up near their ear in a "tic-tock" motion.  The throwing unit included a station play lesson where students were throwing bouncy balls off the wall, tennis balls at velcro targets, yarn balls at bowling pins and our very own paper airplanes (especially made without the pointy tips :)).  Kindergarten and first graders also played a game called "Oscar's Garbage Can" which has become a kid favorite.  Again, students practiced their throwing by throwing balls in and out of the "trash cans" as you can see....





We concluded the unit with a game of "frog toss".  This activity gave the students a chance to practice their accuracy with the underhand toss.  If their beanbag landed in, on or knocked something over they got to bring the object back to their team.  I like to say... "make it take it!"

Grades 2 & 3:  Second and third graders have been working on their throwing as well.  They too, started the unit off with throwing/catching stations that involved throwing spider balls to the wall, velcro targets and scoops.  These students also had an opportunity to put their throwing practice into good use in a game called "battleship".  In this game, groups attempted to sink another group's ship by knocking over their pins.  Kids had to really think about the throwing technique to help increase their accuracy.
 I concluded the throwing unit with a crowd favorite called the "Frog Toss".  This is an underhand tossing game in which hundreds of pieces of equipment are placed in front of the class.  Groups must take turns tossing the frog out into the "pond" area so that their frog either lands in, on, or knocks something over.  If this is done, students may take the object that the frog landed in or on back to their group where they will eventually tally up their points at the end of the game.  All objects have different point values based on the difficulty to obtain.  Don't be surprised if they mention the moving trash can...





4th and 5th graders:  The fourth and fifth grade unit consisted of team handball, scooter shooter, and the frog toss as well.  The older students have more of an opportunity to use the skill of throwing in more of an "open environment".  They might be throwing with someone defending them such as in team handball or throwing at moving targets such as in the game of scooter shooter.  

Also, earlier in the year, before my blog was created, the fourth and fifth graders completed a major team building unit in which students had to effectively work together in order to complete the challenge.  This led to some meaningful discussions about cooperation, communication and many other important parts of teamwork.  I thought I would include a quick video demonstrating the difficult challenges.  The name of the challenges:  "The Muese", which is the activity with the red mats and "Sinking Raft" which is the challenge with the planks.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qvuheYccvtz2BUxfxAWwLsCWOjtbRu5X-Q/view


Next up in Physical Education:
All grade levels will be starting a basketball unit.  The lower grades can expect some ball familiarization, lots of dribbling practice and activities, and plenty of opportunities to shoot whether on a basket or hula hoop hanging from the baskets.  Second and third graders can expect to build on what they've learned in past years.  They will continue some dribbling activities that include defenders, a round of hot spots (will explain more next blog), and an introduction into game play.  The older groups will look to sharpen up their skills a bit and get into some game play.  These games will include "no dribble basketball",  3 on 3 half court games as well some full court action.  Stay tuned....