Bobsled bodies is a fun cooperative contest you can play in class or as an icebreaker. Groups of students sit behind each other in line and wrap their legs around the student in front of them. Then, as a group, they move backwards with only their hands, and the legs of the back student, in touch with the ground. Add several teams in a race and you have a fun activity.
The video below shows how the game works. There’s a long intro at the start and the video isn’t high quality, but it does a great job of showing how the activity is conducted.
Well, much of the upper U.S. and ALL of Canada are currently under a blanket of snow..and I’ve heard it’s not much better for our European readers.
While the snow does present challenges to teachers, it also presents some amazing opportunities to have fun during recess and physical education classes. For example, how many times do you get to engage in activity in which you are cushioned every time you fall down?
Here’s a game that you can use in PE class that takes advantage of a unique property of snow – the fact that walking or running in snow leaves footprints.
The game is called Footprint Tag. While the kids shown in the video are pre-school age, you can use it with almost any age of student.
Have fun. If you can’t beat Old Man Winter….have fun with him!
Here’s are some excellent skin cancer prevention resources for your health classes.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has established the free Sun Smart U. education program to assist instructors expose students to the importance of sun protection and give them the information they need to avoid skin
cancer. Sun Smart U. includes video accounts of young adults dealing with melanoma and providing suggestions for children. The program is designed to encourage behaviors in sunny conditions, such as using sun-protective clothing and sun screen lotion in a way that makes these measures easy to apply. The curriculum also stresses the significance of very early detection of skin cancer with information about the warning signs.
There are three instructional formats that teachers can use, including SMART or Promethean interactive whiteboard, or Microsoft PowerPoint. Using both classroom instruction and activities, these lessons are a fun and easy way to teach students lifelong sun safety habits. Also provided are the student-produced videos and posters that resulted from the “I Am Sun Smart” contest.
Here’s a video you might discuss in your health classes. From Thailand (with sub-titles), it’s billed as one of the best anti-smoking ads ever. And indeed, it was highly effective in increasing the number of telephone inquires by Thais wanting to quit smoking
The video shows the reaction of young adults (and teens), when approached by a child asking for a light for a cigarette. The adults kindly refuse and discuss the many reasons why a child shouldn’t smoke.
The child then passes the adult a note that asks: “You worry about me. But why not about yourself? Reminding yourself is the most effective warning to help you quit. Call 1600 hotline to quit smoking.”
While the ad seems targeted towards adults, children should like it too. It shows children being the role models and also playing a “trick” on adults – but for a good health-related reason.
The following video features a new program that uses sport and physical education to improve the attendance and academic achievement of “students at risk” in Brooklyn, New York.
Hosted by Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein, it shows the Urban Dove Team, a school in Brooklyn that is experimenting with a radical new program for students at risk.
It acknowledges that one reason these students fail is because they don’t attend school in the first place.
To combat this, they organize students into small teams, each with two teacher-coaches. They play sports every morning for 2-3 hours, with their team and coaches. The teams and coaches stay together throughout the day, as they engage in regular classroom work.
The sport and teamwork give students a reason to attend school. It also teaches every student that they have value, and it provides a group of teammates and teachers who care for each other.
While the program was very new when it was profiled, it seemed to be doing its job. In the first 10 weeks, it had boosted attendance rates from 40% to 73%.
As the new school year begins, I thought we’d experiment with a new look for the PE Update blog. And to kick off our new look (which I may change at any minute, by the way) here’s a video demonstrating the latest fitness craze.
OK, maybe not a “craze,” but this workout combines walking and dancing and can be done by people of all ages and fitness levels. And it can be performed anywhere with no special equipment, as long as you can play music. So your students can use it walking between classes (with apologies to your principal), to and from school, and to the corner store to pick up a loaf of bread.
Watch the later segments and you’ll see how group dance walking looks. It’s a great way to make an impression in your local downtown. And who knows, a dance walk around school grounds has all the elements you need for a fun PE class!