Spring 2010 – Professor Yang

Stability:  Lab One

Name: Nicholas D. Ottati                         Date: 02/14/2011                Lab Group Day and #: Monday 3:00-5:00 P.M.


A. To observe the interaction between St. Mary’s students and Cortland students.

B. To get to “know” some of the students at St. Mary’s through play and participation.

C. To make yourself aware of  Stability (static and dynamic movements) across the different phases of motor development (Table 1.6, page 21 of Gallahue text)

TODAY IS FAIRLY INFORMAL! Have fun but be purposeful, try to learn a little about your students including their names.



* Assigned group stays with Pre-K for entire time

  1. Play with kids – parachute activities
  2. Fine Motor Activities (coloring, books, story time, etc.)
  3. Tag Games from Adventure Activities
  4. Tag games from Text  


  1. Fine motor activity (finger twister, coloring, etc.)
  2. Observation of fine motor activity (eating, coloring, etc.)
  3. Tag Games from Adventure Activities
  4. Tag games from Text


  1. Tag Games from Adventure Activities
  2. Tag games from Text


  1. Organize PE equipment rooms, ball bins, racks
  2. Cut out photos for labeling equipment boxes


TASK A – Gross and Fine Motor Observation:  Please answer the following questions, all responses must be typed:

Observe the interaction between St. Mary’s students and your peers (Cortland students).  Try to get an idea of the behaviors of the St. Mary’s students – Do they listen well? Do they remain on task? What do they attend to?  What motivates them to play?

1.Based upon observation, what are the differences in motor behavior and  social between the St. Mary’s students you observed?  What differences did you observe between grade levels, gender, and ability?  Do you think that grade level, gender, and ability have any influence on motor behavior?

-        There are definite differences between the different ages of the kids at St. Mary’s.  During the tag games, some of the younger kids ran into each other, as opposed to the older kids who didn’t have much trouble running around a smaller space with other kids their age.  Motor behavior does in fact very upon age groups, which is something that I observed.  I feel that grade level, gender, and ability all do have influence on motor behavior.  Like I said earlier, the younger kids had some trouble playing simple tags games in smaller areas because they don’t have the quickness in reaction times, compared to the older kids who are a little quicker to react.  The girls at St. Mary’s seemed much more relaxed and calm compared to the boys, who seemed very energetic, which seemed to be the main difference between genders.


2.Based upon your observation, what fine motor activities did you observe (describe these) when watching the St. Mary’s students?  Were there differences between age?  Gender? Ability?