Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Classroom PE activities

Now that the state has required students to have a certain amount of PE time each week, classroom teachers are having to come up with their own ideas and activities to do with students on a daily basis. This past year we had a designated 20 minutes each day where we did "PE" activities with our homeroom class. It was hard coming up with our own activities on top of regular lesson plans so we usually just let our students jump rope or play tag. I decided once my internship was over that many days letting over 100 first graders run around for 20 minutes however they wanted to was not the best idea for the state mandated PE time. I found a few great sites that gives ideas of a variety of activities to do with elementary school students. Some of the activities require equipment, but many don't. A number of these lessons are great for team and community building. Jumping rope is a great activity, but if you can imagine with a bunch of first graders, can quickly become chaotic!


Anonymous said...

After reading your post, I realize how fortunate we are in my school to have 4 dedicated PE teachers to take the kids 4 times a week. Good luck finding activities to do with the kids - you found some good resources though

yendiangie said...

Thanks for sharing the sites with us! Fortunately since I now teach 2nd grade my students have PE 4 times a week for 30 minutes, so I don't have to worry about coming up with PE activities. But I taught first grade for many years and faced the same problem you did. It still helps to have these resources, I will definitely incorporate them in my class.