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

Week 18: Stations

This week in PE, we will be reviewing some of the skills that we covered the first 17 weeks of PE. We will be reviewing these skills in the form of stations for all of our students. We will begin our day with our jump rope warm-up and then move into our stations. Each station will be set-up in a different part of the gym and each station will last 5 minutes. If time permits, students may do a station more than once. These stations include:
1. Free style jump rope station
2. Throwing station
3. Catching station
4. Helicopter station
5. Shooting station
I will be at school on Monday but will be out the rest of the week due to surgery. I will be getting surgery on my right elbow to repair some ligaments that have been stretched for some time now. We will have a wonderful Osuna sub that will be in the gym from Tuesday to Friday. Have a great winter break!

Week 16 & 17 Dance!!















This week in physical education we are having too much fun with our dance unit. We are learning many popular party dances and next week (week 17) we will be learning some cultural dances from all over the world. It is always great to watch the students come in a little apprehensive at first, and then watch them come out of their shell as the class wears on. Some of the dances we are covering this week include:
1. Hokey Pokey
2. Chicken Dance
3. Cha Cha Slide
4. Macarena
5. YMCA
6. Any Turkey can Tango
7. Mr. Bones
8. Locomotion

Week 17 we will be learning dance from different cultures. We will be talking about diversity and talking about some dances that the students may have in their own culture. Some of these dances include:
1. Hava Nagilah (Israel)
2. Hukilau (Hawaii)
3. D’ hammerschmiedsgselln (Germany)

Some classes will get the opportunity to create their own personal dances and perform them with one another at the end of week 17. The Standard were are striving to meet this week is New Mexico state standard number seven which says, the student understands that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self expression and social interaction.

Week 15: Jump Rope Assessment


This week is a short week in PE due to thanksgiving break! We are having a jump rope assessment to measure how many jumps our students can do in two minutes. They are instructed to jump continuously without stopping and are allowed as many mess-ups as they want. At the end of two minutes their partner will tell them how many jumps they had and our 2nd thru 5th grades will record it on their score sheet. Our K and 1st graders will not be required to record their score but have their partner verbalize it. They will be given two trials and encouraged to improve on their second trial. I will keep their score sheets all year and every couple of months we will see how the students have improved. Since, we often warm-up with jump rope I think they will see much progress. If there is time at the end we will have a free jump. This week we are focusing on PE standard number 4, which is the student achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of fitness.

Week14: Battleship

It is parent teacher conference week and we have a slightly different schedule for PE. Each class gets one thirty minute PE for this week. PE is also in a different time slot this week because school is dismissed at 1:25 all week. We are playing a PE favorite called battleship. 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 and 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 13: Mat Wrestling

This week in physical education the students are participating in non-traditional wrestling. It is not the wresting you may have grown up with or see at a normal high school wrestling match. It highly modified to fit the needs of our K thru 5th graders. All our wrestling games are set up the same basic way, two students on each end of matt with a referee off the matt in the middle, and a student waiting behind the referee. It is the referees job to make sure both students are ready, to say go and to determine a winner if a dispute arises. The referee also determines if any rules are broken and if a student is being too rough.


Matt Wrestling Games:
1.Capture the flag wresting- Each student is trying to take the other students flag out of the cone before their flag is taken. The flag and cones are placed directly behind each student at the start.
2.Tail Wrestling- Each student receives a flag and places it in their back pocket (their tail), the object of the game is each student is trying to pull the flag out of the other students pocket before their flag is pulled.
3.Flamingo Wrestling- Each student starts by holding one leg up (like a flamingo). The object of the game to try to make the other student let go of their leg or bump them off the matt.
4.Bumper Car Wrestling- Each student starts by connecting their hands behind their knee so they are in a squat position. The object of the game is to try to make the other wrestler let go of there stance or “bump” them off the matt.
5.Ball Wrestling- This game starts in the middle of the matt and uses a giant four square ball. The object is to take the ball from the middle of the matt and touch your cone with it.

These games can become competitive and we start the day off by discussing sportsmanship and fair play. I feel it is good for the students to be competitive at times in a controlled environment. The physical education standard we are striving to meet this week is standard number 5, the student exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Week 11 & 12 Gymnastics


This week in physical education the students at Osuna are learning basic tumbling skills. We start with 3 warm-up laps which are followed by our stretching routine and then basic positions.
5 Basic Positions:
1. Pike
2. Straddle
3. Squat
4. Tuck
5. Layout

We then move on to basic balances. All balances we preform must be held for a minimum of 3 seconds. We start balances by balancing on any 6 body parts, and then we move to 5 body parts, and then 4, 3, 2, and finally 1 body part. After these balances are performed we learn basic gymnastic balances.
5 Basic Balances:
1. Table
2. Bridge
3. V-Seat
4. Tri-pod
5. Hand stand (if students show they are ready)

After balances are performed we move to basic rolls:
5 Basic Rolls
1. Log Roll
2. Egg Roll
3. Forward Roll to pike
4. Forward Roll to stand
5. Backward roll (if students show they are ready)

Cartwheels are performed last if students show they are ready.