This skill development section focuses on PE classroom protocols, team building, and safe moving.
- Remind students that playing is a part of PE, but that when we play in PE, we are doing it with a purpose (goal). Ask them if they remember what one of our main goals is when we are playing in PE (to learn to move in new and challenging ways to become more confident with our moving skills).
- Explain that when we play today, we will be practicing our teamwork. Ask students if they recall being in teams and practicing teamwork last year during PE. Remind them that being in teams helps us to stay organized and gives us the chance to work together in PE.Explain/Demonstrate
- Explain to students that you will be positioning them into their teams.
- Explain that after being placed into teams, they will all play a game to help them recall their new team name and the names of their teammates so they can better work together.
- Explain that they will also be using the safe moving skills that they have practiced with you.Practice
- Show students where the team positions are located.
- Point out how their team position will give them their own personal space where they will begin PE class.
- Review strong/self-controlled Stand and Freeze and Sit and Freeze that they practiced during last PE time.
- Tell them that when they get into their team spot they should show you a Stand and Freeze or Sit and Freeze with self-control.
- Remind them how they can show you they are ready to listen and learn.
- Call aloud each student’s team position. Show and direct them to their position.
- Practice having them move safely to a sideline and back to their position three times so that they become accustomed to their new spot.Review
- Ask students what they will do differently if they are holding equipment when a freeze is called out (put equipment down first, then freeze). Call on a few students to share.
- Reinforce that these are their special positions that they will go to at the start of each PE class to show they are ready to listen and learn.
Endline to Endline Team Tag
This activity combines using common age-appropriate locomotor skills with familiarizing students to the various areas of the activity space (e.g., the gym) while reviewing Body Control as a safe way they are expected to move in PE.
- Explain to students that this activity called Endline to Endline Team Tag, will help them remember their team name and practice using safe moving skills and teamwork.
- Remind them that Body Control is standing strong, being in control of their body, and not bumping or banging into things or other people.
- Direct students to line up on either endline and stand an arm’s length apart from the next person.
- Explain that when their team name is called, they will try to move safely from one endline to the other without being tagged by the team designated as “taggers.” If they are tagged, students must Stand and Freeze with one hand up in a “high five” position. They may return to the game when another teammate gives them a “high five.”
- Review how to freeze in position when tagged and how to “high five” someone to unfreeze them.
- Choose a team to volunteer as “taggers.” Instruct them to stand in the center of the activity space. Explain that they will each be given a foam stick or a vest/pinnie to identify them as taggers.
- Remind students that safe tagging means using the foam stick or their hands to lightly tap classmates on the arm or leg. Have volunteers practice with each other.
- Briefly review each team name and roster with students.
- Explain to students that they will need to Stand and Freeze in place until you say go, (team name), then move quickly with Body Control to the opposite side without being tagged.
- If they hear you say, teamwork, teamwork, everybody teamwork, all of the teams should move to an endline at the same time. This challenges students to use Safe Moving Skills when there are many students moving at once. At various times during the activity, stop to count how many students from each team are still in the game. The team who has the most untagged players can take over as the new tagging team for the next round.
- Start music and begin activity by calling out, go, (team name). Students on the team called should attempt to move quickly from one sideline to the other.
- Continue playing by calling each team name at least five times to give students many opportunities to practice safe moving skills and team name recognition.
- Verbally remind students to show off their teamwork skills by helping players from their team who have been tagged and high fiving them to unfreeze them.