This week we are warming up for our 1/2 mile fitness test that we will be taking in April. During this week 3rd-5th grade will run the 1/2 mile but scores will not be recorded. I would like the students to see where they stand in terms of cardiovascular endurance. Since many of the middle schools around town run the mile as part of there fitness testing I think it will be valuable for the older kids to measure their progress starting in Elementary. In April scores will be recorded and the students will get see the national standards for other students their age.
After the 1/2 mile 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.