The kindergarten students have been working on demonstrating their ability to balance on different body parts and using different bases of support. They have completed challenges that required them to mix and match combinations of body parts to balance on (bases of support) to equal the number that I called out in addition to performing designated balances as a way to avoid being tagged in “The Incredibles.” The students practiced shooting jump shots in basketball and worked on following their shot to get their own rebound. The students have also been working on rolling a ball towards a partner with a focus on accuracy and have applied that skill in games of bowling. The kindergarten students received a cardiorespiratroy workout through non-elimination activities like “Valentine’s Day Tag.” This game had “cupids” handing out cards to the students who were tagged. The cards had different locomotor skills written on them that the students who received the card would have to perform until they were tagged again and received a new card from a cupid.
The students in the first grade have been working on improving their hockey skills through activtities and challenges pertaining to the skills used in the sport. The first grade students have spent a lot of time working on dribbling and carrying the puck with their hockey stick. They have demonstrated their ability to perform this skill in games such as “Hockey Dribble Freeze Dance” and “Dribbling 4 Corners.” Students were then given opportunities to dribble or carry the puck with defenders present in the game, “Hockey Pirates.” This game has 10 students, the “pirates,” positioned on polyspots in which they must keep at least one foot on top of at all times. The rest of the students in the class worked on dribbling or carrying their pucks around trying not to have it stolen by a pirate. If a puck was stolen by a pirate, positions would be exchanged and the hockey pirate would now be working on handling the puck with the stick.
In the second grade the students have been practicing passing and properly receiving hockey pucks with partners and in small groups. They participated in a challenge called “Pepper Passing” where they tried to see how many passes they could complete in one minute while working with another student. The second graders worked on drills which required them to combine their passing skills with that of dribbling and carrying the hockey puck. Students also worked on protecting their hockey pucks from defenders in games like “Hockey Tag” and “Hockey Follow the Leader.” In “Hockey Cone Catchers,” the students practiced dribbling and carrying the puck away from the direction that the cone catchers were traveling in. The cone catchers tried to trap as many hockey pucks as they could in one minute (just by placing their cone directly over each puck). Each cone catcher was required to give the student their puck right back and continue on to find another one to trap. The students in the second grade learned about the importance of safety in terms of not lifting the blade of the hockey stick over their knees as they were taught how to shoot the hockey pucks. The students used their knowledge of shooting hockey pucks in a game called “Two Puck Challenge.” This game required the students whose numbers are called out to rush towards the center of the gym, take a hockey puck, pass it to any teammate of theirs and then receive the return pass before trying to take a shot and score on an empty goal.
The third grade students have been working a lot on passing hockey pucks with emphasis on accuracy (having the puck go as close as possible to the blade of their partner’s hockey stick). The students worked on passing the hockey puck in a version of “Hockey Pirates” where instead of focusing only on dribbling and carrying the puck like the younger students, they were required to pass the puck around to teammates without having the defenders steal it. Third grade students learned how to shoot the hockey puck and then put those skills to use in a game called “Hockey Shootout.” This game had two teams standing on opposite sides of the court trying to see which side could knock down all of their opponents bowling pins (that were set up across a back line) first. The students have been improving their flexibility through daily stretching as well as increasing their ability to perform cardiorespiratory exercises (jumping jacks, mountain climbers, fire feet, line jumps) through games such as “Beat the Bell.”
The fourth grade students have continued to track their improvements in muscular strength and endurance in their logs as they performed sit-ups and push-ups. The students began working in their hockey unit by reviewing some of the skills and techniques used in the sport and then participating in modified games of hockey. Students worked cooperatively in small groups as they went through a series of hockey skill stations that required them to shoot, pass, dribble, play goalie, and try to knock down bowling pins with the hockey puck. The fourth grade students have also improved their speed and precision while dribbling a hockey puck as they have worked on weaving around cones before passing the puck off to a teammate in a relay race. The students also played games of floor hockey in which they realized the importance of teamwork as the best way to score goals.