Elementary Physical Education

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

The Gingerbread Man Hunt

What better way to get to know your new school surroundings than to follow a freshly baked Gingerbread Man! Luckily, he left helpful clues along the way.

We also took the opportunity to compare and contrast several versions of “Gingy” stories with a variety of characters and settings. We had to learn to spell f-o-x so Gingy would feel safe enough to return to our room for good. Of course, we had to promise not to eat him (even though he looks delicious). Friends don’t eat friends.

Later in the year, a little Gingy will have a sleepover at each friend’s house and write up a sleepover report for our Gingy Journal. While enjoying the excitement of the hunt, we had the chance to work on building our class community, solving problems and riddles, communicating through writing as we read and then composed notes to him, and even turning right and left as we went from place to place.

Mrs. Linda Warneke, Kindergarten

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Sink of Float?

STEM! (Science Technology Engineering & Math)

Does it sink or float?  My kindergarten class had a fun time exploring and working together to see which objects would sink or float.  They were also able to explore with a toy boat and a toy raft to see which one would hold more animals before it sunk to the bottom.  With trial and error, they were able to see that the raft held more animals because of its flat surface.  Science is fun!

Mrs. Molly Harrison, Kindergarten

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