•          In my PE classes I want to make sure my students are constantly active. I only see each class 3 times a week, so I want to make sure that the 42 minutes a day that the students are in my class is well worth their while. With primary and early elementary students, it's important to work on their gross motor and locomotor skills. In some cases, I know that my time with the students in PE is the only physical activity they get during the week. That is why it is important for YOU as parents to make sure your child gets physical activity outside of school. Whether it is locally organized sports, or even 30-60 minutes a day outside or at the park. Physical activity not only is important for your physical health but your mental health as well. It is a proven fact that students with regular physical activity perform better in the classroom than a student who gets minimal or no physical activity.
       

    • Our warm-ups in the beginning of class always start off by working with our locomotor skills (walking, running, skipping, galloping, etc.). We will do different activities that incorporate these skills, such as different forms of tag (which the students absolutely LOVE), or structured relays. We will do many different exercises and stretches. We will occasionally be doing strength building exercises.

     

    • We have 8 units that the students are formally assessed on each year. Those units are (not in any particular order):
      • Throwing
      • Kicking
      • Football
      • Basketball
      • Locomotor Skills
      • Gymnastics/Tumbling
      • Use of Long Implement (baseball/hockey)
      • Health

     

    • Throwing, kicking, locomotor skills, gymnastics and long implement will be physical assessments. Students should be able to demonstrate the proper forms to each. Basketball, football and health are written assessments based on rules/regulations and assessments/participation in health.

     

    • New as of a few years ago, your child is also graded on participation, attitude/sportsmanship, and safety. Basically does your child follow the rules and come prepared to PE every day? This means gym shoes, keeping hands and feet to yourself, good attitude, etc. 

     

    • Your child will get their grades in PE after the 2nd & 4th quarters. 

     

    • We will be playing MANY different games and activities. Our games and activities will sometimes incorporate classroom aspects (such as math, reading, and spelling), sportsmanship, sharing, and working in groups as well as independently. It's important to learn these lessons early so the students can carry them on with them in their lives.

     

    • In early September and again in May your child will be INFORMALLY tested on the PACER test. This test measures your child's cardiovascular endurance. I am using it as a base to see how my students progress in my classroom. Students will start to be formally tested on the PACER, along with other components of the FITNESSGRAM in 3rd grade. Under the websites tab I have included the website for the FITNESSGRAM so you can get more information.

     

    • If you have any other questions or concerns regarding our PE & Health curriculum do not hesitate to contact me!