Spring 2010 – Professor Yang

Stability:  Lab One

Name: Zack Servidone                Date: 9/28/10                        Lab Group Day and #:Monday


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? I noticed that the older kids didn’t want to participate in any of the games they wanted to be left alone, and there own thing.  Another thing I noticed is that the little kids had a lot of energy.  I also thought the kids were very good listeners if they were told to hop they hop, if they were told to skip they skip, and if they were told run they ran, so this shows that there listen skills were pretty good at a young age.  These kids all it takes for them to motivate them is if you act excited with them and participate, they loved to chase the adults around.  The difference between the young kids and older kids was that the older kids didn’t need direction for anything they new what they were doing whether it was shooting baskets or jump rope.  On the other hand the younger kids you needed to explain to them take charge other wise they are just going to run around all crazy.  Also the younger kids love to talk, and the older kids were not very social.


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?  Some fine motor skills I noticed from the older kids they were jump roping very well, and they were able to shoot baskets on the regular size hoop and make it, also they displayed kicking skills and throwing skills where they arm went all the way back or the leg was bent back to form power.  The younger kids displayed they kid run the correct way, they new how to skip and also were able to hop.  After observing all ages there was a difference that the older kids were more motor skills than the younger kids especially the older boys.