Welcome Back First Day of PE Will be August 18, 2014

WELCOME BACK!!

Welcome back everyone!! I hope everyone had an active summer and you are energized for another great year at Osuna. I enjoyed my summer at the Albuquerque Academy and spending time with our new baby boy.  I am really excited to introduce some new activities and of course re-teach some of our favorites. 

Our first week of PE will consist of reviewing all of our PE rules and guidelines. We will warm our brains and bodies up with some fun warm-up games. We will also cover playground games and the proper way to use all equipment. Don’t forget to check the website to see what your child is doing in PE each week. 



Remember to take note of your child’s PE day so they have the proper clothing and tennis shoes.

Week 7: Fitness Stations!


This week in PE we have 12 fitness stations that will keep everyone moving and breathing hard.

The key to keeping our epidemic child obesity rate down is regular physical activity. Unfortunately not all of our students get the recommended exercise that they need per week. (The CDC recommends 60 minutes of activity EVERYDAY!) With only 1 to 2 PE classes per week this does not give everyone adequate exercise for the week and therefore we will be focused on ways we can exercise outside of school.

11 FITNESS IS FUN STATIONS:

1. Plank
2. Jumping Jacks
3. Big Hops
4. Jump Rope
5. Sit-ups
6. Balance Machine
7. Hoop Run-Thru
8. Toss out fitness
9. Gym Laps
10. Flexibility Central
11. Shuttle Run
12. Balance Beam


Each Student will have a partner and go through all stations twice. Each station will be one minute long with a 10 second rest between each station. During this week I will be looking to meet NM State Standard 3; Participates regularly in physical activity and Standard 4; Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Week 5 & 6 Rockwall!


This week in PE we are warming up with jump rope and climbing the rock wall. This is the first time we will have used the rock wall this year and hope to get everyone involved and having a great time. Our rock wall at Osuna is a traverse wall which means the main focus is getting across not going up the wall. All students have the protection of a crash mat below if they have to come off the wall. Rock climbing is great for upper body strength and endurance.

For the primary grades, students will be challenged to make it across the entire wall without coming off. This is a difficult task because are rock wall spans the length of the gym and gets more difficult as you go down the wall. Older students will be given a similar challenge however it will be taken a step further as students will be challenged to only use certain colors of rocks as they make their way across the wall. Another challenge to be given will be to make it through a series of obstacles that will be placed on the wall. This week all students will be assessed on effort and NM state standard # 3 and 4.

Week 4 Pacer!


This week in PE we are running the Pacer. The pacer is a cardiovascular endurance test that takes place in the gym. Students run across the gym to a prerecorded CD that beeps every 30 seconds. The beeps get faster as times goes on. If you do not make it to the other side of the gym before the CD beeps then you get a “Mistake,” you are allowed two mistakes and then your test is over. The Osuna pacer record was set last year by a 5th grader with 110 laps.

This year I will be doing the pacer two times, once in the fall and once in the spring to measure fitness and also possible improvement throughout the year. Students are encouraged to go as long as they can within their limit. We discuss cardiovascular endurance and pacing themselves prior to the test.

If any time remains at the end of class students will be allowed to jump rope or play helicopter. For more info about the pacer check out these links:

http://www.fitnessgram.net/protocols/pacer.pdf
http://www.topendsports.com/testing/tests/pacer-test.htm

Week 3 Battleship!

Students are participating in a PE favorite called battleship this week. It works on both the overhand and underhand throw. It also works on teamwork and game strategy. The object of the game is to sink everyone’s battleship before your own battleship is sunk. Ships are sunk when all their pins, lined up on the corners of the ship, are knocked down. Students must stay on their mat (battleship) unless they are the team’s dolphin, in which case they are on a scooter and retrieving balls (cannons) for their team. This game is very fast pasted and games only last 3-5 minutes. New dolphins are selected each time and strategy time is given to teams to discuss ways to protect their battleship while trying to sink others ships. Grades K-2 are assessed on underhand throwing and teamwork. Grades 3-5 are assessed on overhand throwing and teamwork. PE standards covered this week include standard 1 and standard 5.

Week 1 and 2 WELCOME BACK!

Welcome back everyone!! I hope everyone had an active summer and you are energized for another great year at Osuna. I enjoyed my summer at the Albuquerque Academy and working hard on my large list of Honey Do's :) I am really excited to introduce some new activities and of course re-teach some of our favorites.

Our first week of PE will consist of reviewing all of our PE rules and guidelines. We will warm our brains and bodies up with some fun warm-up games. We will also cover playground games and the proper way to use all equipment. Don’t forget to check the website to see what your child is doing in PE each week.

Remember to take note of your child’s PE day so they have the proper clothing and tennis shoes.

Week 29 & 30: Summer Fitness



Play 60 is a program sponsored by the NFL that encourages students to get 60 minutes of exercise a day. Here at Osuna we strive to get each student as much activity as possible, however they still need to find time to exercise outside of school.

This next two weeks we are participating in fitness stations that are designed to be done at home over the summer. All of the stations are simple and can be done daily if desired. I have put in parenthesis ways that they can be done at home. These stations include:

Rock climbing ( Stone age, foothills, city rock walls)
Jogging (Jog the academy, around your neighborhood, or go for a hike)
Jump Rope (Jump rope each morning cheap, easy and fun)
Scooter riding (Ride your scooter or your bike around your neighborhood)
Hula Hoop (Get a hoop and get going)
Hopscotch ( Draw your own pattern with calk at your house)
Yoga (Find family classes, at home videos, or make your own up)
Core exercises (Make a daily routine)
Resistance training
And much more

I am encouraging all students to make time for exercise over the summer time. There are tons of ways we can all stay active and have fun this summer. At the end of the unit, all students are writing out their goals for exercising this summer. They are writing out 5 to 10 activities that they can do this summer and will be bringing it home next week. Enjoy the summer and I will see many of you for Playday 2011 on Tuesday, May 24th.