Common Core Ideas
Check out this website to better understand the expectations of PE and the Common Core
Understanding the Literacy Standards for
Physical Education by the Indiana Department of Education
English Language Arts Ideas
1. Read LEPE books!
2. Have bulletin boards in your gym.
3. Use dry erase boards.
4. Have a PE vocabulary word of the day and spell it throughout the class.
5. Make a PE word wall with movement words and have students point to the answers to questions instead of saying them.
6. Have students write jump rope chants for your Jump Rope for Heart event.
7. Have poster and essay contests for units.
8. Post verbal cues for skills and have students read them aloud.
9. Write multiple step directions on the board for students to follow.
10. Have students write a story about themselves as a piece of sporting equipment.
11. Post informational text about the sport or skill you are teaching on bulletin boards.
12. Create a class website/eboard that your students can read and explore.
13. Create handouts with informational text that students can read while waiting in line for their turn.
14. Use Waiting Your Turn Cards.
15. Use Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast sports, exercises, etc.
16. Use Word Webs to teach PE academic vocabulary for concepts, strategies, games, sports, activities, fitness, nutrition.
Ideas for Making Groups and Getting Equipment
For example… If your first name begins with the letter “A” you may get a hoop.
1. First letter of first or last name.
2. Second letter- go through vowels and consonants separately and point out the difference.
3. Month of birth
4. Date of birth
5. Numeric equivalent of month of birth
6. Odd or even combinations of numeric equivalent of month and date- i.e. odd month/odd date, even month/even date, odd month/even date, and even month/odd date.
Common Core Idea for Writing
After you have gone on "Ziny's Driving School's" solar system field trip have a contest!
Solar System Field Trip Contest
You are a journalist and a new planet has been discovered in our solar system. Tell the world about the planet, its environment and inhabitants. Describe how they move and what they enjoy doing for exercise and physical entertainment. Be sure to use movement vocabulary and descriptive words! Illustrate an alien in action!!
Contests are voluntary- make a bulletin board with the entries and give prizes for most descriptive.
Knowing the standards is the first step.
Common Core Standards States Initiative
1. Check out MathandMovement.com for great instructional materials for the gym.
2. Skip count during warm-ups:For example, post the multiples of three on a wall, count by three's for one exercise. For the next exercise turn one number over so that the students can't see it and count again. With each exercise turn over another number until they have them all memorized.
3. Whenever you need to make groups, ask the students to do the math, i.e. If we have 5 stations and 32 students, how many students will be at each station?
4. When playing scoring games, never have a score count as one point. Make the students think by making 6 point goals!
5. Transition using the times table, i.e. Hop 12 times to the next station, counting by 3's.
6. The kindergarten common core standards require counting to one hundred and to be able to count starting from a number other than one. If you are counting with kindergarten students keep this in mind.
7. Within the same game, give different point values to different scoring options. For example, if you knock over the pin it is worth 4 pts. If you tip over the bucket you get 7. Do the math at the end of the round. Present it as a word problem, "If you knocked over 4 pins and 2 buckets, what is your score?"
8. When keeping score, try starting from 100 (or any other number) and subtract points. Lowest score wins instead of highest.
9. Use the whisper and shout technique to teach multiplication tables. Whisper the non-multiple and shout the multiple. For example- hop (whisper 1), step (whisper 2), jump (shout 3) , hop (whisper 4), step (whisper 5), jump (shout 6). Repeat pattern until 3 X 12. This is a www.Mathandmovement,com idea!
10. Give students their assignment in an equation. For example- We are going to do 10 sets of 10 dribbles alternating right hand and left hand. How many dribbles will you have done by the end?
11. Have students keep a tally score on a dry erase board. At the end of each round of play, give the students the MAGIC MULTIPLIER NUMBER. This is the number that each tally mark is worth. The students need to multiply their tally score with the multiplier to get their final score. (Karen Fischer- Jefferson Primary, Huntington, NY)
12. Teaching bowling- 1st graders- have them determine the number of pins knocked down by the number of pins left standing (Subtraction- 10 pins minus the number of pins standing equals the number knocked down.)
13. Skip count in Spanish or whatever other language your students are learning. (MaryAnne Diehm)
14. Use pedometers or Movbands to measure distance. Add distances by individual, small groups, whole class. Add distances to determine distance traveled virtually to places around the world.
We use flash cards for warm-up tag games..everyone is a tagger and the kids earn cards from one another by "flashing" them. Whoever guesses the correct answer first gets the others displayed card.
Christine Baccarella Health and Physical EducationTeacher Bayonne
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