This week the students are exploring new motor patterns using cup stacking. We will be using stacking cups to improve hand-eye coordination, ambidexterity and quickness. Students will also use the cups to build aerobic capacity during a game called Upstack/Downstack and work on the three stack. Students continue to focus on Standard 1 (motor patterns) and Standard 5 (valuing physical activity). students also built upper-body endurance during the game Rock Paper Scissors Olympics. Please, ask them about their class.
Students prepared themselves for Thanksgiving Day by reflecting on how thankful they are for their healthy bodies. We discussed the importance of a healthy diet and exercise to our health. Each class played turkey games to reinforce these concepts. K-2 fed the turkeys fruits and vegetables and got plenty of exercise while doing it. Grades 3 and 4 taught their turkeys to exercise and explored the concept of them being not only what they eat, but what they eat, eats. Please ask your children what they learned and have a fantastic holiday.
Students focused on Standard 4 this past week. Standard 4 teaches students about sportsmanship and teamwork. After working out during circuit training, students practiced a specific throwing pattern. Students then utilized that throwing pattern and applied the concept of teamwork during a game called One-Bounce Dr. It was a joy to watch the students strategize together and work toward their goal of scoring the most points during the game.
Students were able to assess their aerobic capacity this week with the PACER. PACER stands for progressive aerobic cardiovascular endurance run. They were able to utilize this tool to see if they have decreased, maintained or increased their level of aerobic capacity from 6 weeks ago. I am happy to announce that most students increased their levels. Students put in hard work during class each week and it is paying off. Please ask them how they did.
Congratulations to my third and fourth grade classes. Most students in each class increased their upper and middle body muscular endurance in the last month. This increase was measured by the push-up and curl-up assessments. Keep up the good work! K-1 worked on their throwing, striking, kicking, catching, and exercise skills. Please, ask them about what they did in class.