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Welcome to Discovery’s PE Learning Log!

Within this document, you will find a weekly update with lessons being taught for all students. We look forward to an exciting 2018-19 school year!

The DES PE Team (Mr. Duffy, Mr. Bangs, Ms. Bergen, & Ms. Piscopo)

5th Grade DEAM Calendar - February

30-Day Challenge - Cardio | 30-Day Challenge - Core | 30-Day Challenge - Flexibility | 30-Day Challenge - Push-ups

Week of March 8, 2019

General Notes

Students seem to be filling the presence of spring and are anxious for the weather to turn! Meanwhile, we have been super active inside with our Parachute unit (K-2) and Floor Hockey unit (3-5).

Upcoming events:

  • 3rd Grade Swim Unit - Alverson/Stoker - March 11
  • Family Fitness Night - March 19 - Sign-up HERE!

PreK - Grade 2

Students in PreK-1 are continuing to work on COOPERATION through our Parachute unit. This week, most classes worked together to create an “Umbrella”, a “Mountain” - which we climbed and explored!, an “Igloo”, a “Merry-Go-Round”, and “Air Conditioner”, and “Walked on the Moon”! We’ll be finishing up our parachute unit next week with a “Space Mission”! Be sure to ask your Explorer what their favorite part of the parachute is!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Students continued developing Floor Hockey skills but are at various stages of this unit due to classes being missed with snow days and holidays. Ultimately, students have been working on their Stick Handling, Passing (Forehand and Backhand), and Shooting (Slap Shot/Wrister) skills. Safety is our top priority throughout this unit and we plan to begin small-sided games next week! Ask your Explorer to explain the difference between the Forehand and Backhand passes.

Week of January 28, 2019

General Notes

What a wacky week! Not a single full day of school, including a TWD on Monday! Unfortunately, these short days have an affect on all of our classes and our progression through each unit. :(

Upcoming events:

  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety Unit - January 18-February 4
  • PTA’s DJ Dance Party - February 8
  • Family Fitness Night - March 19
  • 3rd Grade Swim Unit - March 25-April 8 (classes and exact times TBD)

PreK - Grade 2

Students in PreK-1 continued to learn and practice a variety of dances this week which included more advanced songs, requiring additional learning time. The main songs we focused on this week were Cupid Shuffle, Magic, and Geronimo

2nd graders continued/wrapped up with our Bike Safety unit, spending as much ride time through our “oval” in gym as possible. We are pleased to report that there have been no major crashes or injuries!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Explorers discussed the “why” and other reasons and differences when making bounce versus chest passes and participated in a semi-competitive zig-zag passing game that also led into a shooting preassessment. Some classes even began discussing “B.B.E.E.E.F”!

Week of January 21, 2019

General Notes

The bikes and other items were finally delivered for our 2nd grade bike unit, PreK-1st graders continued learning a variety of dances for our dance unit, and classes in grades 3-5 continued developing skills for our basketball unit.

Upcoming events:

  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety Unit - January 18-February 4
  • PTA’s DJ Dance Party - February 8
  • Family Fitness Night - March 19
  • 3rd Grade Swim Unit - March 25-April 8 (classes and exact times TBD)

PreK - Grade 2

Students in PreK-1 continued to learn and practice a variety of dances this week, including: Ice Cream and Cake, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eye Joe, TKO, and Everybody Dance Now. We will continue learning additional dances next week in order to have a range of dances for the PTA’s DJ Dance Party!

Students in 2nd grade FINALLY began our Bike Safety Unit, though it was slow going. Students first learned to make sure their helmets were properly fitted. After that, students were grouped into pairs based on both riding confidence levels as well as height. Finally, we learned about the ABC Bike check to make sure the bikes are safe to ride. The Stein/Knowlan group were able to ride bikes on Friday for about 5 minutes. Unfortunately, with having the last 3 Mondays off, the Kuleski/Coulouris group is a bit behind and we hope to have them riding bikes next week!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

We continued practicing our basketball dribbling skills and some groups were able to begin learning the proper technique to passing - both chest and bounce passes. Be sure to ask your Explorer about why the crossover dribble is important!

Week of December 17, 2018

General Notes

Our last week of 2018! As we celebrate and get excited for a long winter break, the PE team would like to thank the Discovery community as a whole for another successful and enjoyable calendar year!

Upcoming events:

  • 2nd Grade Bike Unit - January 18-February 4 (more info to come)
  • 3rd Grade Swim Unit - March 25-April 8 (classes and exact times TBD)

PreK - Grade 2

We ended the final week of 2018 with two activities that required students to use their imaginations, listen, follow directions, and work cooperatively. We started the week playing in the “Discovery Winter Wonderland”! Students were shown a variety of pictures and learned the movements that were associated with each. As students learned them, the pictures were changed and thus students had to quickly adjust and change with the pictures! Check out our Winter Wonderland here! We finished the week with students building their own snowmen using a variety of materials provided. Be sure to ask your Explorer which part they enjoyed the most!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

We kept a winter-related theme by playing a cooperative game that we called “Knock-off Olaf”! Within their teams, students tried to throw a “snowball” (yarn ball) at their Olaf snowman (ball balanced on a cone) and knock his head off. If they were successful, they advanced their Olaf on to the next level. The team that was able to advance their Olaf to the blue line, won the round! Be sure to ask your Explorer about some of the different modifications that were used to change up each round!

Week of December 10, 2018

General Notes

As we transition and get ready for new units in all grades for 2019, we took time this week to “experiment” with never tried before activities with all students!

Upcoming events:

  • 2nd Grade Bike Unit - January 18-February 4 (more info to come)
  • 3rd Grade Swim Unit - March 25-April 8 (classes and exact times TBD)

PreK - Grade 2

For the first time ever, we tried a math/obstacle course pyramid game! During the first part, a hula hoop pyramid of 6 levels was set up on the floor with the goal of making it to the top of the pyramid and ultimately beating a drum! Students advanced levels by matching up with a partner and rolling a dice against each other. Students had to determine which number rolled was higher and that student advanced to the next level. The student with the lower number was required to complete an obstacle course and upon completion, entered a second math pyramid. This process continued throughout the class and if a student reached “level 6” at the top of the pyramid, they ran out to the middle of the gym, beat on a drum, and chose an obstacle course to complete and reentered the game! Check out 2nd graders playing the game here!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Also a new game for our upper grades - Scooter Handball! Neither activity is particularly new to our students, but combining the two is! In summary, students played a basic invasion game (handball) while only moving on scooters. Goals were set up for scoring and a variety of rules were implemented such as no moving, make 3 passes before shooting, and making sure no one made contact with each other. Be sure to ask your Explorer what their favorite part of the game was!

Week of December 3, 2018

General Notes

Students in grades PreK-2 (Scooters) and 3-5 (Football) culminated their respective units this week and are getting ready for a final 2 weeks of cooperative units before we head off for Winter Break!

Upcoming events:

  • 2nd Grade Bike Unit - January 18-February 4 (more info to come)
  • 3rd Grade Swim Unit - March 25-April 8 (classes and exact times TBD)

PreK - Grade 2

We completed our scooter unit with an old fashioned game of “Scooter Tag”! Staying within our volleyball boundary lines, the teachers called out a scooter color. That color determined the taggers for the round. If a student was tagged, they stepped out of the boundary line and did a variety of exercises and then rejoined the game.

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Our football unit culminated with teams working together on a 4-play playbook that would allow them to score points in 1 of 3 zones with a completed pass. However, opposing defenses tried to prevent the scoring by knocking the ball down or scoring themselves with interceptions. Teams would ultimately switch out to determine which offense was successful!

Week of November 26, 2018

General Notes

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday! Hopefully everyone is well rested and ready for the final 4 weeks before Winter Break!

Upcoming events:

  • November 26 - 4th Grade Swim unit - Round 1
  • Class 1 - Mr. Timke - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Rollheiser - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • November 27-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit
  • Class 1 - Ms. Appaiah - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Vincent - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • As noted above, this group will have a shortened (4 day) swim unit, which starts on November 27.

PreK - Grade 2

We continued riding scooters playing a game called Scooter Island! This was a bit of an elaborate scooter tag game in which players tried to ride past the “island protectors” and steal treasure from them. There were safe spaces/islands that students could stop and and be protected before trying to return the treasure to their teammates. The teams with the most treasures, won the round! Be sure to ask your Explorer if they preferred to be the “thief” or the “island protector” (tagger)!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Students were introduced to 6 new basic pass patterns and like last week, were given tools to help run these patterns while a quarterback threw them a lead pass. Cooperation skills were once again required. Students have now learned 12 plays for a future “playbook”! Be sure to ask your Explorer which of the patterns are their favorite!

Week of November 19, 2018

General Notes

We had a fun 2-day school week with PreK-2 students participating in a Thanksgiving-themed cooperative game and 3-5 students continuing to work through our football unit!

Upcoming events - due to the inclement weather, students in Timke and Rollheiser’s classes will be swimming on November 26 to get their 4th day of swim in and Appaiah/Vincent classes will begin on November 27 and will also have a 4-day swim unit.

  • November 26 - 4th Grade Swim unit - Round 1
  • Class 1 - Mr. Timke - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Rollheiser - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Due to the snow and cancellations on Thursday and Friday of last week, we are going to have a makeup day on Monday, November 26.
  • November 27-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit
  • Class 1 - Ms. Appaiah - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Vincent - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • As noted above, this group will have a shortened (4 day) swim unit, which starts on November 27.

PreK - Grade 2

Students continued using scooters while “dressing their turkey”! Students were given a hula hoop and cone (with the head of the turkey) with instructions to take turns and retrieve a piece of equipment in order to decorate their turkey! The results were some very colorful and unusual looking turkeys!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Students were introduced to 6 basic pass patterns and were given tools to help them run these patterns with precision while a quarterback threw them a lead pass. Students were required to work within their predetermined teams and gave each other tips on how to complete the passes or improve on their route running.

Week of November 12, 2018

General Notes

As a reminder: Please have your students wear appropriate footwear each day for PE. If you send your child to school wearing rain boots (or boots when it snows), please pack a pair of sneakers for them to change into. Questions? Please review our Sneakers/Shoes Policy and check out the schedule above for when your child’s class has PE.

Upcoming events:

  • November 19-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit - Round 1
  • Class 1 - Mr. Timke - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Rollheiser - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Due to the snow and cancellations on Thursday and Friday, we are looking into the possibility of having a makeup day on Monday, November 26. More information will be shared once a decision has been made.
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit
  • Class 1 - Ms. Appaiah - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Vincent - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • As noted above, it’s possible that this group will have a shortened (4 day) swim unit, which would start on November 27. More information will be shared once a decision is made.

PreK - Grade 2

Students were introduced to scooters (and scooter safety) and a fun game called Fetch. We will use our scooters throughout the year for a variety of activities, but for Fetch, we took turns riding the scooter from our “home” and “parked” the scooter before entering the “store” to retrieve a ball. After each round, students counted the total number of balls and the game eventually evolved by adding point values and some basic math concepts were used! Students rode on their bottoms, knees, and bellies. Be sure to ask your Explorer which was their favorite to ride!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Students were introduced to the lead pass and discussed the purpose of a lead pass for football. After some practice with receiving a lead pass from one of the teachers, students had a chance later in the week to throw lead passes to each other, in the form of different pass patterns through 6 different stations. Students were also taught that there are three things that can happen anytime a pass play is called in the game of football - two of which are bad. Be sure to ask your Explorer about those three results!

Week of November 5, 2018

General Notes

As a reminder: Please have your students wear appropriate footwear each day for PE. If you send your child to school wearing rain boots (or boots when it snows), please pack a pair of sneakers for them to change into. Questions? Please review our Sneakers/Shoes Policy and check out the schedule above for when your child’s class has PE.

Upcoming events:

  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit - Round 1
  • Class 1 - Mr. Timke - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Rollheiser - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Please note, 11/14 is a Wednesday and 11/20 is the last day before Thanksgiving break
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit
  • Class 1 - Ms. Appaiah - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Vincent - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Please note, 11/26 is the Monday we return from Thanksgiving break

PreK - Grade 2

We culminated our throwing and catching unit this week with throwing with a partner using a variety of balls and other objects (Monday) and through 6 separate stations (Wednesday-Friday). Students were really engaged in all of the stations, that included: (1) Bean Bag (Underhand) Toss into a Hula Hoop; (2) Animal (Underhand) Toss into a Bucket; (3) Partner Toss (Overhand or Underhand) and Catch with a Ball; (4) Target (Overhand) Throws with Yarn Balls; (5) Overhand Throwing at Wall Targets with Yarn Balls; (6) (Underhand) Bowling. Be sure to ask your Explorer which station was their favorite!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

We began our football unit by switching student teams, signing contracts with roles and responsibilities, and having a pre-assessment on the proper way to throw and catch a football. Students also watched brief video on “How to Understand Football” and were taught the proper technique on throwing and catching a football. Be sure to ask your Explorer what the difference is between a football and baseball throw!

Week of October 29, 2018

General Notes

Our Fall Fitness Testing period has finally ended for our older students, with everyone having completed their make-up tests. Students in PreK-2 had a split week of throwing and celebrating Halloween!

Upcoming events:

  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit - Round 1
  • Class 1 - Mr. Timke - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Rollheiser - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Please note:
  • 11/14 is a Wednesday
  • 11/20 is the last day before Thanksgiving break
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit
  • Class 1 - Ms. Appaiah - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Vincent - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Please note:
  • 11/26 is the Monday we return from Thanksgiving break

PreK - Grade 2

Students started the week off by practicing an overhand throw in a fun game of “lava”, where they tried to throw yarn balls into a “volcano”! Students were inside of the volcano and threw the “lava balls” out, causing an awesome looking eruption! We finished the week by taking a break from throwing and catching and played a Halloween-based tag game - “Witches and Zombies” - and took advantage of the warm weather and spent some of the time playing outside on the playground.

Grade 3 - Grade 5

The last of our students finished with makeup fitness tests at the beginning of the week and the 2nd half of the week was spent playing a cooperative game - Money Pin!

Week of October 22, 2018

General Notes

Fitness Testing has entered the final stages for our older students, while we continued our throwing and catching unit for PreK-2 students.

Upcoming events:

  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit - Round 1
  • Class 1 - Mr. Timke - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Rollheiser - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Please note, 11/14 is a Wednesday and 11/20 is the last day before Thanksgiving break
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit
  • Class 1 - Ms. Appaiah - Departs DES at 9:30 am, returns at approximately 11:00 am
  • Class 2 - Ms. Vincent - Departs DES at 10:30 am, returns at approximately 12:15 pm
  • Please note, 11/26 is the Monday we return from Thanksgiving break

PreK - Grade 2

Students started the week off learning how to properly make an overhand throw, practicing by throwing a yarn ball at an animal target on the wall. By the end of the week, students were practicing their overhand throws while playing a game of “Catch a Shooting Star”! In this game, students threw stars (yarn balls) over a barrier (volleyball net) to the other side. Students could then try to catch the star. If they caught it out of the air, they placed into a bucket. Once a bucket was full, it was emptied and a point was awarded to the class! Be sure to ask your Explorer what “T, L, Step, and Throw” means and looks like!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Fitness testing continues with some classes wrapping up on the Sit & Reach/Trunk Lift tests and others moving onto the Push-up test. In order to be as efficient as we can and in order to avoid boredom setting in, students that were not being tested, participated in a good old fashioned game of Turkey Shoot!

Week of October 15, 2018

General Notes

Fitness Testing continued for our older students, while we began a throwing and catching unit for our younger Explorers.

Upcoming events:

  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)

PreK - Grade 2

Students started the week off learning how to properly make an underhand toss, practicing in their own space with either a scarf (PreK-1) or yarn ball (grade 2). By the end of the week, students were practicing their underhand toss while playing a game of “Clean-up the Pond”! In this game, students tossed their “frog” (bean bag) into the Discovery “pond” in hopes of landing them on a big or small “lily pad” (poly spots and hula hoops). Be sure to ask your Explorer what “tick-tok” means!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Fitness testing continues with some classes wrapping up on the Sit & Reach/Trunk Lift tests and others moving onto the Push-up test. In order to be as efficient as we can and in order to avoid boredom setting in, students that were not being tested, participated in a good old fashioned game of Turkey Shoot!

Week of October 8, 2018

General Notes

Thank you to everyone who participated in Walk and Bike to School day on Wednesday! In case you missed it, we took a whole school picture in the shape of an “O” in an effort to spell out “DISCOVERY”! At this point, we’ve spelt out “DISCO”! :) And welcome to Fitness Testing, 3rd graders! Lot’s for us to learn and patience is important! Our PreK-2 students culminated our chasing, fleeing, and dodging unit with a new tag game!

Upcoming events:

  • October 8 - Fitness Testing begins for grades 3-5
  • October 10 - Walk and Bike to School
  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)

PreK - Grade 2

Our chasing, fleeing, and dodging unit culminated this week with a new game called “Scarecrows and Pumpkins”! Certain students were chosen to be the “scarecrow” (tagger) who had the challenge of protecting the “pumpkin patch” (orange balls). All other students were designated as “ghosts” who attempted to “steal” the pumpkins. If a scarecrow tagged a ghost, they had to give their pumpkin back! Be sure to ask your Explorer why safety is such an important part of tag games.

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Fitness testing has officially begin with students being tested on the PACER, Sit & Reach, and Trunk Lift tests. The PACER test measures a student’s cardiorespiratory endurance, the Sit & Reach test measures flexibility in a student’s hamstring(s), and the Trunk Lift measures muscular strength in a student’s lower back. As a reminder, this is a practice year for 3rd graders and 4th/5th graders’ scores are “official”. Students are not assessed on whether or not they meet Healthy Fitness Zone standards, but on their understanding of what is measured, why, and their ability to follow the protocols.

Week of October 1, 2018

General Notes

We had hoped the first week of October would present us with cooler temperatures, however, the summer heat and humidity was here all week! While we took our 3rd-5th grade Explorers out to the field this week, at least we encountered drier temperatures!

Upcoming events:

  • October 8 - Fitness Testing begins for grades 3-5
  • October 10 - Walk and Bike to School
  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)

PreK - Grade 2

We continued our chasing, fleeing, and dodging unit this week by learning two new tag games: Fire and Ice Tag and Pac-Man Tag! Students learned that when they were “ice” they “froze” other students and in order to be “unfrozen”, a friendly “fireball” had to be tossed, caught, and tossed back to the “fire” student. And in Pac-Man Tag, students were required to move only on the lines on the floor in order to avoid the “ghosts” who tagged them. If they were tagged, Pac-Man came by and tossed them a ball. Only this time, the student kept the ball and searched for a new student to free-up! Ask your Explorer if they helped “pay it forward” during Pac-Man Tag this week!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Our Invasion Game unit culminated this week by going out onto the field and playing games of “Field Ball” - a modified version of team handball. During Field Ball, students used both offensive and defensive strategies to try and score (or prevent scoring) in the scoring box. As we found out, communication and teamwork were essential parts of success throughout the week. Be sure to ask your Explorer how they could score 1 or 3 points during the game!

Week of September 24, 2018

General Notes

We had a fun-filled week with all Explorers! Thank goodness the sun has come out on Friday afternoon and will hopefully stay out for the weekend! It’s been a challenge for students and their classroom teachers with all of the indoor recess and a lack of free movement...thank goodness we have PE for everyone to engage in some physical activity!

Upcoming events:

  • October 8 - Fitness Testing begins for grades 3-5
  • October 10 - Walk and Bike to School
  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)

PreK - Grade 2

We changed gears a bit this week and Explorers were introduced to our chasing, fleeing, and dodging movement. We started the week out by introducing (PreK and K only) those terms and reviewing (1st and 2nd) what it means to chase, flee, or dodge. We culminated the week through two tag games: (1) Tunnel Tag and (2) Mosquito Tag. Quite a few Explorers left us full of sweat! Make sure to ask your Explorer which game they enjoyed the most!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

We continued our Invasion Games unit with a focus on defensive strategies, both when guarding an opponent with the ball and when guarding an opponent without the ball. Some of the basic hand and feet movements were taught through a 1-on-1 game of “guard the pin” where the offensive player tried to knock over a bowling pin and the defensive player tried to prevent them from doing it, within the confines of a specific set of rules. Explorers then converted these defensive strategies into the “hoop guard” game that we played last week, initially practicing with their teammates and then against another opponent.

Week of September 17, 2018

General Notes

Now that we’ve completed our 3rd week of school, we ask that all students wear appropriate shoes and clothes for movement in PE (see weekly schedule of classes above). This is important to make sure your Explorer is active during class and is free to move safely.

Upcoming events:

  • October 10 - Walk and Bike to School
  • November 14-20 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)
  • November 26-30 - 4th Grade Swim unit (classes TBD; more info to come)

PreK - Grade 2

Explorer’s continued their work on fundamental movement concepts, (speed, forces, levels) through an imaginary trip to the Discovery “zoo”! Students pretended to move as a variety of zoo animals and needed to think about how those animals moved. Students also had an opportunity at the end of the week to play a few games of “Builders and Bulldozers” - a great workout for individuals of any age! Be sure to ask your Explorer which they preferred to be - the builders or bulldozers!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

We started our first skill and strategy based unit of the year - Invasion Games. We spent the early part of the week defining what invasion games are, examples of invasion games, and learned about a lot of strategies and skills that are needed for these types of sports. Later in the week, we really focused on offensive strategies by playing “keep away” and “hoop guard”. Be sure to ask your Explorer about the importance of moving without the ball and why it’s important to search for open space!

Week of September 10, 2018

General Notes

Students are getting back into the flow of the school year and routines of the day - the same can be said for PE! It’s always difficult for new students (Kindergartners included!) to acclimate to expectations and procedures of a new school. However, a majority of these new Explorers have done so with ease, either by figuring things out on their own or with the assistance of helpful students from their class!

PreK - Grade 2

This week’s focus continued building on fundamental movements and personal space. We “graduated” from the Discovery Driving School and headed out on a “road trip” to San Diego where we traveled at different speeds, used different pathways, and made sure to avoid other students by staying in open space, all while using our imaginations! Be sure to ask your Explorer what their favorite part of the trip was!

Grade 3 - Grade 5

We continued our short, 2-week unit on Cooperation while playing Turkey Shoot. Students needed to work together as a class/team to prevent their pins from being knocked over by the other side. Likewise, they tried to knock over the opposing team’s pins by throwing yarn balls. These “offensive” and “defensive” strategies are a perfect lead-up to the unit we’ll be starting next week - Invasion Games. It was also remarkable to see how the students either self-designated or worked with classmates to designate roles during the activity in order to create as much success as possible. Be sure to ask your Explorer what their primary role was during Turkey Shoot!

Week of September 4, 2018

General Notes

Welcome back to school, Explorers! The PE team is excited to embark on our 4th year as a school! We have been excited to welcome back familiar and new faces and it’s been great seeing how much some of our students have grown over the summer!!

PreK - Grade 2

Students are getting re-acclimated to the gym and how PE is taught at Discovery. This week started with students receiving their assigned “shapes” (seats for our purposes) and discussing rules and expectations for the year. Our secondary focus has been on navigating safely through open space, pre-assessing students’ abilities to use locomotor movements, and following directions when asked to move at different speeds.

Grade 3 - Grade 5

Just like students in grades K-2, students received assigned “shapes” as a point of reference to sit when instruction is given, but more importantly, their first color “team” of the school year. We typically change teams every 6-8 weeks and through these teams. These teams allow us to quickly transition between activities and minimize time wasted. Each year, our first unit focuses on Cooperation and this week we have been playing a game called “Money Pin”. Be sure to ask your Explorer what their favorite part of the game is!