Posted on October 5, 2016
Aloha, Parents! Physical education has been filled with various activities that have allowed students to improve their fitness levels and knowledge of various body movements. We have been stressing proper body control and form for types of body movements.
The Kindergartners have been exploring how to travel with various locomotor actions at different levels. Students learned to travel having proper balance, body control, and spatial awareness that have increased the quality of their physical education experience. All students participated in bean bag activities that allowed to students to recognize different speeds and levels. Parachute activities allowed students to recognize traveling different levels (high and low), along with gaining knowledge of traveling clockwise and counterclockwise. Dodging and fleeing skills were exercised during various tag games like "Mr. Fox" and "Sharks and Minnows." Recently, students have utilized our jumbo stacking cups in our locomotor relays to reinforce balance and recognition of up stacking and down stacking, which is part of our cup stacking unit on rainy days in the school dining room. In the upcoming weeks, the kindergartners will be improving their catching and throwing skills.
Multiage 1st and 2nd Grade Classes
The 1st and 2nd graders have been polishing up on their locomotor skills by recognizing the different cues involved for each particular locomotor skill through various activities involving agility ladders, parachutes, flags, and Cup Stacks. Students were able to perform their locomotor skills by traveling with a parachute with activities such as "Popcorn." During "Popcorn," all students were able to review their different levels as they had they had to work as a class to pop all types of balls off the parachute. To supplement our knowledge of our locomotor skills, students participated in dodging and fleeing activities such as Capture the Flag. This activity helps students improve their spatial awareness as they attempted to gather flags from their classmates. In the upcoming throwing and catching unit, students will be utilizing stationary and moving targets.
Multiage 3rd and 4th Graders
The 3rd and 4th graders have been increasing their fitness levels by performing their locomotor skills through activities involving agility ladders, circuits, speed ball, and Cup Stacking. The various movements students have been performing in their agility ladder routines have been helping students improve their muscular strength, endurance, and footwork. Students enjoyed showcasing their body control and dodging and fleeing abilities in games, such as Capture the Flag. Even though it has been raining a lot in Mānoa in the beginning of this school year, students have been productive utilizing the dining room for circuit training. Students were split into various exercise stations, where they performed a high amount of repetitions in a short period time. Students rotated every 1 to 2 minutes to the designated stations. In addition to our indoor activities, the 3rd and 4th graders have worked on their eye-hand coordination and reaction during speed stacking activities. In the upcoming weeks, the 3rd and 4th graders will be finishing up their speed ball unit. Speed ball is a game that allows students to showcase their prior kicking, throwing, and catching skills.
The 5th graders have been showing excellent self-motivation to improve their muscular strength and endurance through their warm-ups, footwork, circuit training, speed stacking and modified handball activities. After setting their own personal fitness goals in the first couple of weeks, the 5th graders have been determined to improve their footwork and body control through their agility ladder activities that are done daily as part their warm-up routine. The students have been increasing the distance they complete during their warm-up runs as the weeks go by. Our goal as a class is to be able to finish a mile-run without walking.
During the past couple of week, the weather has confined us to the school dining room, which has allowed students to perform various circuit training cycles involving fitness stations. Our fitness stations have allowed students to demonstrate their progress in improving their push-ups, curl-ups, and agility. In addition, students have been vastly improving upon their eye-hand coordination and reaction through various speed stacking combinations. Speed-stacking combinations have included a 3-3-3 and 3-6-3. Students are becoming very efficient utilizing both their hands, which will translate smoothly into our future activities involving dribbling, catching, and throwing.
In the upcoming weeks, the 5th grade will be finishing up their modified handball unit. Modified handball allows students to show their prior knowledge of throwing, catching, and kicking. Also, students are challenged to figure out offensive and defensive strategies to move the ball efficiently utilizing all their teammates. Many students are working on moving to an open space without the ball. Overall, students are getting a healthy dose of physical activity daily in physical education, which is helping them get stronger mentally and physically.