PED 201 – Professor Yang

Stability:  Lab One

Kalin Merkley

Name: ____________________________________                         Date: _______09/20/11________        Lab Group Day and #: _____1_____


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?

- While observing the students at St. Mary’s I noticed that there was a difference between motor and social behavior. First, I noticed that the younger students, such as Pre-K and Kindergarten, were much more social with each other than the older kids. They seemed to have somewhat of an interest in the games being played, but also seemed to be interested in talking to their peers. Comparing the younger kids to the older, the older students seemed to be more interested and focused on playing the game, and maybe even trying to win. The motor skills were more obvious in the older students. For the most part they knew how to do basic skills with a ball and such. The younger students were more at the learning level of basic skills.

I found that the older the students was, the more capable he or she was at accomplishing the given task or skill. I think that grade level somewhat has an influence on motor behavior. In most cases, the older the student usually has more motor behavior skills. This is not true in every situation, but I do believe that the student that has more interaction with the skill will be stronger in that area.

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?