Elementary PE is off to a great start. We are working on keeping our heart fit and our bodies strong. Grades 1-5 are learning how to do a plank (an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a position similar to a push-up ). Most students can now hold their plank for up to 30 seconds! In addition, we are focusing on teamwork for the month of September. Students in grades 2-5 have had so much fun collaborating together over multi-level games. Some examples of multi-level games in PE are “Cross the River,” “Pass the Chicken,” and “Hula Hut Relays.” In “Cross the River” students must cross the “toxic river” with only a set amount of supplies. Once they accomplish this, they move up a level and must work together on solving the next obstacle together. The higher the level, the more challenging the obstacle becomes.
In 5th grade PE, students have not only been working on teamwork and collaboration, they have also been learning about their heart. Thus far, students have learned how to find their resting heart rate, facts about their heart, the importance of keeping a “fit heart,” and how to find their target heart rate. Students were able to see their heart in 4-D using a virtual reality app called “Anatomy 4D”. Many students were amazed to see that their heart did not look like a “heart” shape.
Way to go students on working to keep your heart fit and bodies strong!
Mrs. Miller, PE