Category Archives: 1-2nd Grade

Mixing math and movement

Math and movement are easily combined to make cross-curricular games that reinforce principles learned and give skill practice in a fun way.  A math movement game works best when a math concept has been taught, is mainly understood, and just … Continue reading

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Noodles and Fitness

Foam pool noodles are great for many games and activities.  They are also fun for mixing rhythm and movement.  Cut pool noodles in half to make them the right size for your students and try some of these cardio/rhythm activities. … Continue reading

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Create interest by adding a talent show to your lesson

Do you want your students to deeply engage in a new skill?  Or want to encourage them to work harder and longer?  Try adding a “talent show” portion to your PE class.  I tried this last week with fun results. … Continue reading

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Animal warm-up

  Add some fun and creativity to your warm-ups with this animal warm-up.   It is perfect for your youngest students! Set up 4 or more cones around the perimeter of your space.  As children enter, instruct them to choose … Continue reading

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Small space ideas

Do any of you PE teachers out there ever get kicked out of your gym?  Or are you a classroom teacher looking for ways to get your class moving and release some energy.  We had an assembly at our school … Continue reading

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Warm-up dance for Christmastime

I am very insecure when it comes to teaching dances.  However, this particular dance is so cute and easy that even I can remember and teach it.  I used it as a warm-up activity because it gets your heart rate … Continue reading

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Using stations/centers/rotations in PE class

A popular day in my PE class is when we do “PE centers” (or rotation stations).  As many classroom teachers use centers as a way to teach small groups, the students are familiar with rotating through different stations and like … Continue reading

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Kindergarten and spatial awareness

One of my main objectives with my kindergarten classes is to teach them spatial awareness and control.  We do a lot of games that have them moving around the gym in random patterns trying to keep them from “popping bubbles”. … Continue reading

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Muscle mini lesson

This year in PE we are focusing on a different muscle every month.  Since I don’t want to spend any movement time having my students sit and listen, I talk about our muscle as we do our stretches.  Here is an … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice Tag game

My first and second graders love tag games.  This is a fun spin on frozen tag. 4-5 blue yarn balls 3 red yarn balls The blue yarn balls represent “ice”.  Students with ice are “it” and try and tag others. … Continue reading

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