Spring 2010 – Professor Yang

Stability:  Lab One



Name: _______Becky Knierim________                 Date: _9/23/10_                        Lab Group Day and #: Monday 201


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?

Grade levels, gender, and ability really does play a huge part in motor behavior an social behavior within the St. Mary’s students.  I definitely believe that the grade level, gender, and the ability does have an influence on motor behavior.   I observed that the older the child was, the more hand I coordination was evolved in the student, on the other hand the younger children didn’t have the grasp in their hands to do different things, I noticed that females had a harder time putting together different things, their brains hadn’t developed that critical thinking part yet.  It most definitely is interesting to see the different developing stages in the children’s human body.  


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?  

After watching the St. Mary’s students I found that while some of the girls and boys were playing with the toys up against the wall that when they were trying to put together things such as Lego’s, clothes on dolls, etc.  They were having trouble with it, their little hands couldn’t really grasp the object to be placed where they needed to be placed.  Yes, there was a big difference with age, the little Pre K and first and second graders were having trouble with this sort of thing, but when you brought in the older kids they were building and moving and putting together Lego’s and putting dolls clothes on the different dolls they had there.  The ability obviously increased as the children’s age increased, they were able to do many more things, such as putting together buildings and putting dolls clothes on at an older age rather than the younger aged students.