Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Last day of skating - always a Hit!

We just completed our first swimming unit of the season.  The students worked diligently to improve their confidence while striding, turning, stopping, and skating backward.  Skills to encourage the students' edge work involve scootering, swizzles, one legged glides, and a strong spatial awareness.  The second skating unit will focus on more backward skating as well as crossovers.  The last day of skating is a free day.  Students in 3rd and 4th grade also play a fun and vigorous tag game called "Tourist Tag".  The tagger is the policeman/woman and those on the chairs are the tourists - if tagged the person sitting in the chair becomes the tagger.  Pushing a student in a chair requires the students to push against a resistance and makes them stronger - how great is that!  Below are some pictures of the students preparing for skating as well as having fun on the ice working on their skills!

Getting ready requires focus and responsibility but it's fun too!

Okay - which is right and which is left?  Second grade

Friends to the end! - 3rd grade

I can dress myself, but thanks anyway,  Mrs. Fifield! - 2nd grade
Helmet - check
gloves - check!
skates - check!
jacket - check!
snowpants - check!
Let's have fun and work hard - CHECK!

Tourist tag  - fourth grade

More Tourist Tag

Triple up!

2nd grade


Fourth grade tourists!

Use those edges!

Always time to pose on ice!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lace up those Skates!

We are now in the middle of our first skating unit and the students are excited to be back on the frozen tundra!  I must say it's rather difficult for me to remember to wear a winter jacket with the weather so balmy......but the students are prepared in jackets, snow pants, and gloves.  Thank you parents for your help in making sure your child has all the necessary equipment and attire.  After a fun bus ride (perhaps the best part of the class) we find several helpful parents waiting for the bus to arrive!  Students are always happy to see the parents, nannys, and sometimes a grandparents eager to tie skates.  We do a short warm-up in the locker room before we get the blades down on the ice. The lessons have focused on proper ready position, edge work, scooters, and forward strides.  The 3rd and 4th graders have begun to work on stopping and turning.  As we continue this first unit, the students will be exposed to various edge work patterns, turning, stopping, and backward skating for the older students.  In addition to learning new skills and becoming more confident on the ice, the students demonstrate greater responsibility as they learn all the "ins and outs" of dressing/undressing and respecting the importance of showing control of his/her skates.  Below are some of our skating experiences.

Zip up, snap up, buckle up, button up, and then smile!

2nd graders ready to load the bus

Show me "Ready Position"

Warming up - 2nd grade

Keep the knees soft, eyes up!

They always have time to "Strike a Pose"!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Around the World Fitness!

Today in class in grades 2-3-4 our students participated in the "Around the World Fitness" activity. This was a fun and vigorous aerobic warm-up.  All students have learned about the 5 Health Related Fitness components:  Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.  We have played several games and activities that have integrated the fitness concepts in movement:  Body composition tag, Fitness Tag, Circuit Fitness, the Pink Panther Run and today "Around the World Fitness".  This required the students to partner up (toe to toe) and go to a station inside the yellow zone.  One person began the run while the other partner chose a fitness exercise to perform.  Each lap the runner was to record his/her lap. The partners alternated the run/fitness skill.  At the completion of the activity the students then added up the number of points they received.  It was very fun to see the interesting and great fitness exercises that the students   performed.  They demonstrated balance, flexibility, muscular strength, and power skills while their partner was performing the aerobic (running) activity.  Enjoy looking at the various fitness skills the third grade students executed!

Strength - Crab Position!

There's more than 1 crab in the gym!

Can't forget BALANCE!  Stork pose!

Balance and strength - the Candle!

Straddle Stretch - of course, flexibility!  Wow!

More flexibility with legs together - performing the sit and reach!
Notice the runner along side and paper for scoring their points!  She is very flexible!

Flexibility and creativity!

Muscular strength and flexibility

Yes, another Sit and Reach!

Fancy legs!  muscular strength

Yoga Boat Pose - abdominal strength

Side lateral stretch

Smiling Superman!

Runners (cardiovascular endurance) and other students executing the fitness skills of choice

Side Plank!  Wow!

Muscular strength and endurance
Better known as the flexed arm hang!  This girl knows how to hang!

Ok!  I bet you are tired just viewing all those great and challenging skills!  I was so proud of how independent the students were while performing "their" fitness skill.

Our next unit is Skating beginning on Monday, October 3rd.  Please make sure your child has a helmet, skates (or course), skate guards, snow pants, gloves, and a LARGE bag to place it in!  Thank you parents for volunteering to help with this unit.  The Minnesota Wild hockey season will soon be off and running (or should I say "skating") - so it's fitting we, too, get on the ice!  Come back to my blog soon to view the fun skating pictures.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pathways, Directions, Shapes, Balancing, and Locomotor Movements

As we continued with our fun Body Management Unit, the students were challenged to move in various patterns, pathways, speeds, levels, and making all sorts of shapes.  Making creative body shapes challenges the bodies as they twist, curl, stretch, and bend.  Many of the balances required upper body strength, core strength, and balance.  Below are some of the fun shapes the students were able to perform - aren't you proud of them?

First Graders know their letters - "V"
Letter F - for "Fifield" (4th grade)
Letter N - Fourth Grade

                                                                                   Letter X - Fourth Grade

Giant letter F - 3rd Grade

Letter T - 3rd Grade

A Pretty "O" - 3rd Grade
A Strong Letter O in the Plank position - 3rd Graders!

Letter "O" using balance

Letter "L" at a high and low level!

Low level "O"
Let's make a "T" - 2nd Grade
Or we could make the letter "T" this way!
2nd Grade
2nd Grade letter "L" - 2nd Grade

Letter "Y" - "Why" not?   2nd Grade
Smart 1st Graders - letter "J" - abdominal muscles too!
We would prefer to execute the letter "Y" at a low level!
2nd Grade
"V" is for Victory - 2nd Grade
Wow - cool "J"
2nd graders
"X" marks the spot!  2nd Grade
Of course - Letter "O" - 2nd Grade

Great job students!  Our next unit begins tomorrow, Thursday, September 15th in Anderson Gym.  It will be our first fitness unit of the year.  Yeah!  Much practice AND evaluation will be done in the gym as our students learn about Health Related Fitness and MORE!  All students in grades 2-4 will run the mile on the track.  First graders will run two laps (1/2 mile) but many will want to run more than those two!  I can't wait to see how fit your child is!  Keep those tennis shoes in school!