### 2ND GRADE CURRICULUM:  BALANCE & MOTION in PE Lessons

#1 Friction, Force, Motion, and Momentum:

Compare travel sitting on a scooter with travel on a scooter.

Questions:  -What's the dragging force that makes the carpet stop when your pulling partner slows down?
-Does it make a difference which side of the carpet is touching the floor?  How come?
-Do you have to pull with the same force the whole time to keep your partner moving?
-What can you use to create friction when moving too fast on a scooter?
 Questions:  -Which method of scooter travel allows the scooter to glide the longest?  -What's different about the scooter that lets it glide longer than the carpet?-What force do you use to slow down or stop?

#2 Finding the Balance Point (to keep something still or frozen for a few seconds)
 -Where is the balance point of each?-What body part could you balance each on?
 -Can you identify differences in the plates that affect the level of difficulty for balancing them?-What can you add to make balancing easier?

#3 Balance & Motion:   adding motion to make balancing easier... and then doing tricks
 Trying double balancing!

 Can you balance & do passes from your finger?

Try balancing something long and thin...
 Can you find the balance point of 1 devil stick? ...add motion... ...add another point of contact.Vary the width of the sticks and use your body.  Does rolling the stick help?

 Share with 1 partner & add more motion! Group Carries with 2 partners!How much motion is too much?Where can you look when adjusting?Why are Group Carries so difficult? How much motionhelps most?

#4
What helps your feet control balance?
 Posture & arms help What will you change if you face a different direction? Try balancing on one foot- where is the balance point?  Or stack your feet.

When each foot is on a separate unstable platform, we discuss what you can do to balance:
• -many points of contact (arms, legs, hips)
• -small adjustments
• -steady posture and head position
• -small, controlled motions
• -eyes focused and looking forward

Which is most challenging when you share your foot platforms?  Why?
 adding 1 partner adding 2 partners adding 3 partners

#### Traveling Balance Challenges

Climbing- which challenge is most stable, which is least stable?  Why?

What adjustments can you make with your body to make a climbing challenge more stable?

What everyday PE equipment do we use stability,
balance & motion to control?

#5 Children excited to share with parents what they learned as
part of Kaitlin's class' Balance & Motion visiting afternoon.