Spring 2010 – Professor Yang

Stability:  Lab One

Name: ___Nicole DeSalvia____________                         Date: ___Sept. 22nd_____        Lab Group Day and #: __Gym Rats___Weds.


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?

Motor behavior is clearly different in children of different ages. The kindergarten kids were developing and working on becoming fluid movers. Some students excelled greater than others. The older students had a higher efficiency in motor skills, but socially they were a bit more rebellious and less attentive.

I saw a few cases where gender played a roll. With the kindergarten aged children most of the boys were more skilled than the girls. This also could be that they were trying harder. I would need further observation to decide if gender is a big factor.

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?  

Unfortunately I didn’t get to observe much of the Pre-K children. When it was our turn to go observe and interact with the children, they were eating their snacks. This shows a bit of their fine motor skills, such as raising the cup to their mouth and drinking- usually done with two hands by most children, and pinching pretzels with their index- finger and thumb. I didn’t see a difference among the children in gender and their fine motor skills, but did not get to observe anything substantial.