Mr. B’s Buzz
At the beginning of the school year, all students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be participating in a team building unit. Each level has their own set of unique activities which helps strengthen our classroom communities. I always enjoy facilitating these learning activities. It is a lot of fun for me to watch our students build relationships, learn team skills, and develop leadership abilities. Not only do the students develop these important qualities, but they also embrace our classroom rules and apply them to their everyday learning activities in physical education. I know that the success that results from this unit will lead to a fun and exciting school year.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders will be taking five fitness tests, two times per year. The tests that we use are the PACER, mile run, curl ups, push ups and sit and reach. They are tested during the fall season and then again in the spring season. These tests assess each student’s aerobic capacity, muscular endurance, and flexibility. The fall tests provide our students with a baseline fitness level. We will spend time throughout the school year referencing these scores. We will also discuss and work on activities that they can use to help improve each area of fitness.
Kindergarten through second grade students are now focused general movement and spatial awareness concepts while still focusing on what it means to work as a team. They will climb on the wall as well but will not need assistance to climb as they work on traversing the climbing wall which is moving left to right or right to left.
At the beginning of the school year, I always like to remind parents to help their children remember their gym shoes on P.E. days so they may participate all year long without using my nastys.