What are some good beginning of year PE lessons?   I work with K-5.  Thanks

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Usually for k-2 I go over the basics such as spacing, stop and go signals, locomotors and pathways.  I also mix in very light team building activities.  I do this for a while so they get it in sketched in their brain. 

 

For 3-5 I do a lot of team building activities and name games.  Team building is so helpful to get the students working together well, building their respect for each other and themselves.  After that and right before I start doing other units I will do some fun games to give them a taste of what to expect. 

Today I did Turnstile. Equipment = 1 long rope

Have students on one side of the rope and turn the rope towards the students.  One at a time students must make it from one side of the rope to the other w/o touching it.  If it touches a student, that student goes to end of line and does it again.  Once everyone makes it over, have them do it in pairs, then 4's, 8's, girls, boys and then the entire class.  To make it more challenging for the older students you can turn rope away from them so they would have to jump over the rope and not run past it!  I always turn rope and tie the other end to a pole. This way I can determine the speed and make it successful for everyone.

 

One for the younger students

Houdini's Hoops/pass   Equipment= 1-2 hula hoops per group

Students form a circle holding hands with a hula hoop that is linked by 2 students arms.  Students must pass the hoop around the circle w/o letting go of hands.  Do a few times and then add another hula hoop where they must go around circle in opposite directions(different size hoops).  They enjoy it! 

 

 

thanks kyle.  I will use the hula hoop activity but I don't understand the rope event.  sounds like u just lay a rope on the ground and kids have to walk around it.  Can you give me some clarity?

Kyle Lindblom said:

Usually for k-2 I go over the basics such as spacing, stop and go signals, locomotors and pathways.  I also mix in very light team building activities.  I do this for a while so they get it in sketched in their brain. 

 

For 3-5 I do a lot of team building activities and name games.  Team building is so helpful to get the students working together well, building their respect for each other and themselves.  After that and right before I start doing other units I will do some fun games to give them a taste of what to expect. 

Today I did Turnstile. Equipment = 1 long rope

Have students on one side of the rope and turn the rope towards the students.  One at a time students must make it from one side of the rope to the other w/o touching it.  If it touches a student, that student goes to end of line and does it again.  Once everyone makes it over, have them do it in pairs, then 4's, 8's, girls, boys and then the entire class.  To make it more challenging for the older students you can turn rope away from them so they would have to jump over the rope and not run past it!  I always turn rope and tie the other end to a pole. This way I can determine the speed and make it successful for everyone.

 

One for the younger students

Houdini's Hoops/pass   Equipment= 1-2 hula hoops per group

Students form a circle holding hands with a hula hoop that is linked by 2 students arms.  Students must pass the hoop around the circle w/o letting go of hands.  Do a few times and then add another hula hoop where they must go around circle in opposite directions(different size hoops).  They enjoy it! 

 

 

For Turnstile, the rope is being turned just as if they would be jumping rope! With rope turned towards the students, they can run with the rope and not have to jump!!

 

Hope this clears it up!!

 

 

ok i get it now...i had to think about it and do a visual to understand it.  Thanks, I may implement this into my lesson plan next week. 
There are some really good beginning of the year activities on my web site. I especially love the game "Far Away" because it really encourages students to learn how to find personal space quickly and it also helps teach spatial awareness, two very important concepts for almost every game.  Follow this link: http://weissice.com/viewmoregames.htm
Far Away is great, I use a game from SPARK which is essentially the same called Freeze Dance!  It's a song on their CD and when they say freeze, students freeze! Music plays, they move! Really does set the tone!!!
Freeze Dance is a fun game; but I fail to see how it is essentially the same as Far Away. It seems to me the purpose of Freeze Dance is to get the students to listen to the command "freeze" and get them to stop quickly. The purpose of Far Away, although like Freeze Dance, gets them to stop quickly, also gets the students to look for the open spaces instead of cozying up together. If students are not encouraged to look for the open spaces, especially in kindergarten and first grade, they tend to flock together and you have to keep telling them to move away from each other. That is why I created the game Far Away. Freeze Dance doesn't cut it when teaching open spaces, so essential for all game play.  Also, instead of depending on a voice to say "freeze," with the proper set up, you can use any music, be anywhere in the play area, and stop the music. See this link: http://weissice.com/remotecontrol1.htm   I use an ipod, the ijet, and a guitar amp. Works great.

Even though its past the first week of school , here are some more ideas at any time . In the beginning of the year , it is imperative to go over rules and then stick by them . I used Hellison's Model of Responsibility with great success. I made sure befors any activity that they knew about respect, pathways and safety . Nothing stops a great class than an injury or respect for rules and other students.

I tried many cooperative activities and those that used listening skills and any activity usually was demonstarted with beating  a previous performance instead of winning . Here are some ideas. ROPES - divide the class into 6- 10 groups with  along jump rope .Practice swinging first . As the ropes turn , all the other students choose which rope they will enter and make their jumps. If (5) consecutive jumps are made , then move on . If not, no big deal move on. Change swingers often.Keep apersonal score and upon the second chances , beat your own record. HOOPS - Give each student a hula hoop, which is placed on the floor . Practice shuffling in all spaces around the gym. If you have different colors that will work better. Choose one color to chase the others while shuffling . If that hoop is touched , then that person must hula-hoop 5 times and re-enter the activity. PAC-Man - arrange the class on all court lines ( basketbal/volleyball) in a scattered formation away from a tagger or two . Have them practice walking on th elines in all directions. If two people meet , one must go in an opposite direction. Change the locomotion such as, walk, skip, jump, run, leap, etc. Change tagggers often. Ig tagged , step off  a line and with the hand out , hope that a teammate will set you free.

Gerry ( http://igreen.tripod.com/gerpe )

yes stating the rules beforehand are important.  thanks

Gerry Cernicky said:

Even though its past the first week of school , here are some more ideas at any time . In the beginning of the year , it is imperative to go over rules and then stick by them . I used Hellison's Model of Responsibility with great success. I made sure befors any activity that they knew about respect, pathways and safety . Nothing stops a great class than an injury or respect for rules and other students.

I tried many cooperative activities and those that used listening skills and any activity usually was demonstarted with beating  a previous performance instead of winning . Here are some ideas. ROPES - divide the class into 6- 10 groups with  along jump rope .Practice swinging first . As the ropes turn , all the other students choose which rope they will enter and make their jumps. If (5) consecutive jumps are made , then move on . If not, no big deal move on. Change swingers often.Keep apersonal score and upon the second chances , beat your own record. HOOPS - Give each student a hula hoop, which is placed on the floor . Practice shuffling in all spaces around the gym. If you have different colors that will work better. Choose one color to chase the others while shuffling . If that hoop is touched , then that person must hula-hoop 5 times and re-enter the activity. PAC-Man - arrange the class on all court lines ( basketbal/volleyball) in a scattered formation away from a tagger or two . Have them practice walking on th elines in all directions. If two people meet , one must go in an opposite direction. Change the locomotion such as, walk, skip, jump, run, leap, etc. Change tagggers often. Ig tagged , step off  a line and with the hand out , hope that a teammate will set you free.

Gerry ( http://igreen.tripod.com/gerpe )

At the beginning of the year I have experienced that  icebreakers are great. For example the other day I was involved in an Icebreaker game called "Grand Prix". Have everyone form a group of 4-6 students. Each group will need a rope thats tied in a circle with a knot in the middle.  Make everyone in the group grab a hold of the rope, forming a circle. Pretend the knot in the rope is a race car. When the instructor says so, start moving the knot around the circle. The instructor will say stop and the person with the knot closest to them states their name and something interesting about them. Continue until all group members have spoken. 

I feel that a good activity for the beginning of the year would be to create an RRE lesson. RRE's are Rules, Routines, and Expectations. These lessons are intended to show the students what your classroom rules are and the consequences of breaking them, the routines that you expect them to comply with such as how they will enter and exit the classroom/gym, where they will sit etc, and the learning expectations you have for them. Those include you expect them to at least attempt all activities. There are great RRE lessons on-line you can use. Me and one of my fellow students and our advising professor presented and example of a RRE lesson at our state's AHPERD conference. Hope this helps.

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