Bobsled Bodies Cooperative Game

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.

 

 

 

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Footprint Tag Takes
Advantage of Snowy School Yards

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!

 

 

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Excellent Anti-Smoking Video to Discuss in Health Class

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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.

 

 

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Urban Dove Program Uses Physical Education and Teamwork to Assist High Risk Students

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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%.

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Dance Walking – The Latest Fitness Craze

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!

Have a great school year!

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A Boy and His Dog and Active Fun in the Summer Sun

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Why this video? Simple. It’s a wonderful demonstration of the joy of movement, shared between a boy and his dog. And isn’t the joy of movement what physical educators are trying to impart to their students? (And who knew that you can not only ride skateboards, you can also chew them). ! I can’t think of better images to leave Continue reading A Boy and His Dog and Active Fun in the Summer Sun