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These activities encourage physical education outside the classroom
P.E. & Health
K, 1, 2
Title – Eye Hand and Fitness
By – Larissa Smalley
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – K-2
Standards – NJCCS: 2.6 NASPE: Standard 3
I chose these lessons because the NJCCS/NASPE standards state that children should engage in physical education outside the classroom. The game Sharks and Seaweed is a simply tag game that can be played outside of P.E. because it requires no equipment – and can be played with 6+ children. Juggling was also assigned to be practiced at home and can be done with folded socks. It is important that children participate in activities that contribute to improving health and promote gross motor skills.
Eye-hand/eye-foot Coordination Station name: Juggle
- Overview: Teach children how to juggle first; beginning with scarves, then move along to bean bags. If a child has a difficult time with this concept, have them throw a small ball in the air tossing it to one hand and then the other. Encourage students to practice at home.
- Focus: Eye/hand coordination and to involve PE outside of classroom.
Fitness Station name: Sharks and Seaweed
- Overview: Have three students be sharks (taggers) and the rest of the class be the fish. Have sharks split up and chase (hunt) the fishes, if a fish is caught, they are not out of the game, but become seaweed! The seaweed must stand in place, but can twist and move their arms in any fluid position, and at different levels: low, middle, high. The remaining fish must not only flee from the sharks, but also dodge the seaweed’s arms. If a fish touches the seaweed-it too becomes seaweed by holding the child’s hand and attaching itself. Try to rotate between sharks and fishes.
- Focus: Chasing, fleeing, and dodging.
- Equipment: Accompany this with music from “The Little Mermaid.” The song “Under the Sea” would be perfect.
Cross-Curricular Station name: Shark Filled Waters
- Overview: Give a mini-science lesson before the game “Sharks and Seaweed”. Bring in pictures of the three sharks: Hammerhead, Great White, and Tiger Shark. Explain what foods they eat, the difference in size, and where they can be found in the world. While playing the game “Sharks and Seaweed” have children imagine that they are those three sharks.
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