4th-6th December 17th PE

Fall 2020 Physical Education

Keep-It-Up Progression

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I'm so happy to be back with many Merriam School students!  What are you doing to stay active as you continue safe practices?  Get up and move!  Go outside! Movement suggestions come in 4 categories below and the 5th is "moments of Zen" to chill or reset.  Try some activities below, on the padlets above and on the Favorites tab.  Check for new activities.  :) To return to this Welcome page from a tab above, click on Welcome! text in small box on left. 

1. PE Warm Up/Fitness: Do it with me or choose a new one!
Hit pause to give yourself more time to do movements you especially like or need more time to practice.  :) Once you know you've got the whole routine, add music!

 If not a YouTube box, click on text

Merriam's K-2nd grade Warm Up

 above image to reach link.

Try 3-5 Inchworms inside or outside


Black Panther Work-out

5 Minute PE with Joe

3 minute Movement Song

PE with Joe (from UK)

Wizarding Spells


2. Now that you're warmed up, try skill practice with equipment.

Skill Practice at Home

Beachball/Balloon Keep-it-Up

Do you have a beachball or balloon at home?  How about a safe space to tap it upwards without breaking anything or crashing into something?  Try the Keep-it-Up Challenge!  You can place a piece of paper on the floor & keep 1 foot on the paper while you tap.  Or- partner volleying:  Low, directed taps are best!

1st Try: Partner Volley

Watch what works for pair in front of Welcome sign.
 If you have outdoor space, try this Pass!

Shoe Flip Game

Want to help your child learn how to jump rope?
Kids love when someone older swings a rope for them to jump over!  Here are some 5th graders showing how to have fun and build timing awareness for jumping with Helicopter.

Helicopter Jumprope

Tennis at Home, Ask Mom First!

3. Choice activities! Dance, Create or Play a Shared Game
GET UP AND DANCE!  Join the May 5, 2017 dancefest as
Students were rocking with the Crocodile River Music group at All School Meeting!  Music, instruments, and dance moves from all over the world.

YouTube Video

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click the text below to see Roar
ROAR: new Go Noodle dance

Be brave!  Try out Just Dance videos on the Dance Videos tab at the top of this page.  Pick a dancer on the screen, just one, and copy that dancer's moves. 

4. Focus on Food!  Choose a healthy eating challenge
Commit to the Fruit & Veggie Challenges- 
1. either aim to eat 5 servings a day or add an extra one to your day for a week. 
2.Try 3 bites of a new fruit or veggie
3. Try the Aussie Goal- 5 veggies + 2 fruits/day
 So many students are trying one!  Are you? 
Click the Grade Level Updates tab above to see the notes and photos/videos from lessons over the years
(click on photos to enlarge and formatting for viewing is best on a computer or laptop screen).  

5. Mindfulness activities to feel calmer

Scientists have documented benefits to health and stress reduction from Meditating.  The NY Times offers some simple background and ways to get started at this linked article I recommend the free
 Headspace App as a great way to start with just 10 minute sessions/day!

Moments of Zen to calm your brain and body

Chime Moment of Zen

 I saw a Merriam family at the boat launch at sunset!

Redwing Blackbirds & wind at White Pond Rd bridge, Stow


Sheep at Castlerigg Stone Circle, England


March Peepers near Erikson Ice Cream


Bruno Mars: Don't Give Up!


YouTube Video: 6th Grade KanJam


YouTube Video: Forehand for KanJam

Loved the 4th, 5th, 6th Graders' openness to trying something new last June:  KanJam!
Other Frisbee games are:  Disc Golf (try the Devens course) and Ultimate Frisbee




Helicopter Game!
No matter how many new fandangled games there are, children always love a grown-up swinging a rope to jump over!

Check out the funny, surprise visitor to some cyclists' ride below:

Ostrich races with cyclists

Or the juggler who solves 3 Rubric's cubes. 

Juggling while solving 3 Rubrics' cubes

Check out the awesome 4-square game Martha's 5th grade class (now 10th graders!) created (and 3rd graders adapted) with clear, fair rules for whom to target (so kids in squares 1, 2, 3 get a chance).  Great work making a welcoming recess game!  Think about a game you'd like to alter or change to involve kids of all abilities.  Share it with me!

3rd & 5th Adapted 4-Square

Try out The 12 Days of Fitness from our June 5 Theme Day 
(click on list to left) ... or exercises for parents to try with their kids at the NY Times 7-Minute Work-Out

Looking for more on Mindfulness? Click Here.