Physical Education

Fulton County Schools South Learning Community

2015 - 2016 Issue 15

Spotlighting the best and the brightest physical educators from the South Learning Community in Fulton County.

Feldwood Elementary School

Coach Rice and Coach Onanuga started the new year at Feldwood with a new unit on striking! Students participated in various striking stations:

* Hockey Sticks

* Pillo Polo Sticks

* Balloons and Hands

* Volleyball

* Lollipop Paddles

* Push Up Ball Game (to practice for Fitnessgram)

* Sit Up Ball Game (to practice for Fitnessgram)

* Scooter hockey Sticks

the MVPA Time was over 80% for the lesson. Students enjoyed the variety of activities that allowed them to work on their striking skills. The P.E. staff at Feldwood do a great job of including level 3 and level 4 Depth of Knowledge questions at the conclusion of class. Email Coach Rice - or Coach Onanuga - for lesson ideas.

Oakley Elementary

Students at Oakley Elementary are getting ready for the Fitnessgram assessment. Coach Pharr reviewed the proper procedure for the curl up and push up test. Students practiced the exercises and set goals for themselves to practice at home. The data bulletin board below features the results from the PACER test that was taken before the winter break.

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Fitness Stations

Informational poster to use in class.
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Website To Try! - this is the website to go along with our new curriculum.

App To Try!

Download Site:

Download Site (Android):

Primary Use:

Runbit combines exercise with having fun. There are three different games, all with different levels of difficulty to challenge students according to their capabilities:

Pick stars. Wherever you are, the Runbit puts stars on a map of the nearby area. This game suits students who want to practice orienteering.

Be chased. The map is filled with small monsters that you must try to avoid. The faster you run, the faster the monsters move. If you slow down the monsters will catch you and the game is over. This game suits students who want an extra challenge or need to be motivated.

Catch animals. This works like Picking stars but instead of stars, there are animals distributed on the map. The animals keep their distance from the player in order to get the student to walk further. Time and distance disappear quickly while hunting rabbits and cockerels!

Bulletin Board Idea

Courtesy Stonewall Tell Elementary - we are having students fill out a notecard with their health or fitness goals for the new year to place on the bulletin board.

Assessment Ideas

Looking for another idea that isn't listed here? Let me know.

Striking Rubric -

Basketball Self Assessment from OpenPhysed -

Dance Routine Rubric -

Juggling - &

Cup Stacking - &

P.E. Activity Stations Rubric -

K - 2 Throwing (Paper Test) New from PECentral -

Football/ Throwing & Catching -

Fitnessgram Goal Setting Sheet -

Third Grade Fitness Knowledge -

Striking Written Test for Upper Grades -

Locomotor Rubric -

Throwing & Catching Rubric -

First Weeks of School/ spatial awareness/ rules & procedures/ interest survey -

SkateTime School Program

Have you thought about adding roller skating to your program to enhance cardiovascular endurance? I've done this for 2 years, and the students really enjoy it! They provide an instructor for the first day, and give you the curriculum to teach. I kept the skates for 5 class periods (2 1/2 weeks). Please email Cole Grantham if you want more information.

Jump Rope For Heart

Does your school participate in Jump Rope for Heart? This is a great project based learning unit for physical education! I had our community representative speak with the students, and we made post cards for the children at the local hospital. This is in addition to the great things that JRFH does to enhance our program. You can also do the Hoops for Heart in the Elementary School! Please check out or

or email our representative - Kelsey Schival -

Fulton County Physical Education: Definitions of Instructional Technology, Rigor and MVPA in Physical Education

Instructional Technology - The strategic use of a variety of tools to promote active, engaged, and meaningful learning experiences. The use of technology in physical education should be instructionally aligned, standards-based, and designed to enhance student learning.

Rigor - The teacher creates a student-centered, challenging environment where individual student and class performance is continually assessed to guide instruction through extending, refining, and applying tasks or activities. The content is linked for transfer of learning within physical education and among other content areas.

Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) - MVPA is the time spent on moderate to vigorous physical activity during the lesson. The intensity of the activity depends on the individual’s previous experience in their level of fitness. It is the expectation that students are engaged in MVPA for a minimum of 50% of class time.

Important Sites To Know

Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance -

SHAPE America (our National Standards) -

Fulton County Schools P.E. Website (you need your login credentials)

Georgia Performance Standards for P.E.

Georgia Fitnessgram

Increasing Differentiation & Choice in Physical Education

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Programming-based Choice Strategies:

1. Warm-ups: Providing instant activities with choice or a leveled progression helps students feel empowered and ‘hooks them’ for the rest of the lesson as they feel ownership of their learning. This also allows the teacher to work more one-on-one with specific students in need.

2. Sign-ups: After introducing several activities, provide choices within the same space (flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, walking, or yard games), or have students choose an activity within the same learning category (ex: Ultimate or Flag Football for invasion games). My students are on a weekly rotation. At the end of a three-week cycle they sign up for their favorite choice allowing them to be able to work with students from other classes and specialize in a preferred choice from the recent learning cycle.

3. Level of Competition: When students choose their level of competition for game play they experience more success, which sustains their interest and enjoyment. A ‘Competition League’ is for those who prefer to keep score, play through brackets, and have a higher interest in the activity (notice how I did not say higher skill level). A ‘Recreation League’ runs through a round robin format and for those who do not wish to focus on a win/loss rather more skill development in a less-competitive yet still engaging atmosphere. Sportsmanship is a priority for each league. This is a nice strategy to incorporate especially in net games (Badminton, Pickleball, Tennis).

Product-based Choice Strategies (Differentiation):

1. Bingo or Tic-Tac-Toe: I modify game handouts so students can make self-directed fitness choices and learn content simultaneously. Offering two choices within a box (average and advanced) allows students to choose an activity that fits their ability level. Use the handout multiple times to eventually complete both levels and then have students compare and contrast their experiences.

2. Workout Logs and Fitness Plans: Once students learn fundamental fitness concepts and exercises they log their workouts on a choice-based log that offers a variety of exercises by each muscle group. Students also create personal workouts they can try in class or at home. Or I’ve designed a “Webquest” walking students through creating a fitness plan.

3. Station Choices: Stations and circuits become boring if not spiced up with variety and choice. Give two options or “challenges” when practicing skill work in stations. Incorporate technology and use QR code readers so students scan a choice to see their choice and then complete. Have students design station choices to empower them and take ownership of the learning process.

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