Dear Students and Families,
I loved getting to see your cute faces at the parade. It was fun to see how many of you had your dogs with you. We don’t usually get to see your pets. I hope you’re getting outside and enjoying exercise with your family and pets. Keep up the good work with your class assignments but remember to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Try to take frequent short breaks for movement during your day as well as longer play breaks.
I will be posting weekly suggestions of ideas for you to try. However, you may fulfill your 60 minutes of activity in a number of different ways. Do something that you truly enjoy! Physical activity should be a fun, stress-relieving experience. I hope you’re finding plenty of time for fun!
I hope you’re taking the April Fitness Challenge. I noticed that the task card Wednesdays changed from baseball to basketball. The April calendar did not have basketball task cards included. The March challenge calendar had the basketball task cards with it, so I also posted the calendar for the March Fitness Challenge. The basketball task cards are on the pages following the March calendar. Baseball task cards and basketball task cards are merely a suggestion, you can work on any sport skill on Wednesdays.
If you enjoyed activities from previous weeks, feel free to go back and enjoy them again.
Week #4 P.E. Suggestions-60 min. of Physical activity each day
How you get your 60 minutes of physical activity is totally up to you. The following are just suggestions and ideas of how to accomplish this. I have separated it into upper grade and lower grade activities. However, many lower grade students may enjoy the upper grade activities and vice versa.
*Click on the colored words to go directly to the link:
K-2 Online ideas
Kindergarten has been doing some yoga with Cosmic Kids Yoga. It might be nice for them to begin with something familiar. It is yoga done in a story type setting that younger students seem to enjoy. We could go on some undersea adventures this week.
Cosmic Kids Yoga/Super Yoga Underwater Party is a fast-paced yoga workout for kids. It is approximately 5 minutes.
Go Noodle has a Baby Shark Dance which kids seem to love as a brain break. It is approximately 2 minutes.
Young students generally love to experiment with different movements. At school, we have them move in different ways while going around the perimeter of the gymnasium. They could do this around the perimeter of a yard, or even move in each way a from wall to wall in a room in the house.
Some examples of possible movements:
move while appearing to swim with overhand stroke or backstroke, move like a fish (hands clasped together moving back and forth)
move with hands clapping like a shark’s jaw.
Students are usually very creative with different movements. I hope you have fun with it!
Game of the Week: Island jumping K-5
Place some towels (islands) on the floor, preferably a carpeted floor so they don’t slip, and have your child jump from one towel to the next without falling in the water. If more than one person, make a tag game of it, where you jump from towel to towel avoiding the tagger. If the tagger touches you, or if you fall in the water, you become the new tagger. This can also be done outside on the grass.
Other game ideas:
This is a great website that you can filter by how many students, age of students, and equipment available to use. https://www.playworks.org/game-library/
3rd-5th grade ideas for activities
We have been warming up at school with a kids workout for Beginners with Moe Jones. The whole video is approximately 16 minutes. However, it is broken into sections if you only wish to do a portion of it. The students have seemed to enjoy it and may enjoy the familiarity of it.
As part of the Fitnessgram program, we have been running for duration as well as doing stretches for flexibility, and push-ups and curl-ups for muscular strength. Our upper grade students should be continuing to do these exercises. One fun way to accomplish this is to make an indoor physical fitness trail. You could also do it outdoors on a nice day. Cut out the physical fitness activity cards from the link and post them around the house. When a student passes these cards, they participate in that activity before moving on. It also includes a handy tracker if you would like to track your exercise time.
March Fitness Challange (some of the activity cards for April are actually included with the March calendar)