What are we doing in class?
Human Growth and Development 
Students will have HGD lessons presented this week (*some students, depending on their other specialists subject matter, will not attend till next week) 

Soft Ball 
Throwing, catching and batting skills will be honed in the early part of the unit. Students will learn a little of the history of the game as it changed from Cricket and Rounders to Baseball…Kitten ball and finally Softball.   
Modified games such as, Over the Line will also help the kids to improve their skills. 

Bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle in that the warm (hot) weather of April in Arizona is upon us. 

Fitness Testing week!!!  3-17-14
Students will partake in the biannual right of passage to measure endurance, strength and flexibility. 

The mile run will also be done this time around!

Please hydrate properly and prepare by eating a nutritious breakfast.  (*This should always be done, but is especially important for the demands of the week). 

 Students often list badminton as their "favorite" activity that we participate in for the year.  It can be exciting and fast-paced, When learning badminton,  it is relatively easy to master the needed basic skills, and the class will often be treated  to epic rally's lasting 20 to 30 hits ("drives").  Add in some acrobatic diving saves, crowd pleasing smashes, a chance to strategize with a partner,  and deadly drop shots and you have the recipe for a fun, fitness and skill building activity.   
We will continue to work on the Affective realm of learning by showcasing sportsmanship and giving thought to the "impression" we leave with others when they play and interact with us. 

Key terms:
Poona (origin game of India)
Drop shot
Service line
Doubles and singles courts
Deep and short serves
Fient Shot

The basic skills of dribbling, passing, marking, and shooting will be presented and practiced. Lessons will also discuss the rules, basic strategies, and history of the world's most popular game.

Small sided, modified and full field games will follow in the last half of the three weeks spent on this sport. 

Terms to know: 
One Touch, Trap, Clear, Throw in, Goal, Marking of a player, off-sides, the pitch (oh, how European!!!) , give-and-go play, keeper, backs, forewords, midfielders. 

Lessons will bring into focus the "Affective" realm of learning and sports participation. Sportsmanship,  a sense of belonging, team work, building relationships within a team, cooperation towards a common goal, empathy, sacrificing for the good of the team, and emotional literacy are all elements that can come from being part of a team. 

Stunts and Tumbling

Students will learn basic stunts, tumbles, and balances then work together in small groups to create mini-routines to music that meet the expected criteria.   


Performances (all grades) will have the option of being videotaped and shared via Mr. Souza's drop box. 

Second Quarter 50 pt. Fitness Challenges due on Friday the 13th.              ( Monday the 16th if you don't have class on Friday)

*Include a 5 part reflection on your present fitness levels based on the evidence your fitness plan provides.  And include a sentence that describes how you improved over 1st quarter's efforts)

Dec 2 through 20
Flag Football
Football is one of the United States' favorite and most popular sports to watch and play. Students will learn to throw spirals, to toss laterals, to flip option passes (8th grade), hike the ball, hand off correctly and punt.  They will learn player positions, rules, strategies and then use their knowledge of the game and how successful groups  work together to create simple plays that can be used in mini-games. 

Key Terms/Knowledge
Touchdown (why do we call it that?)
Running back
Interception ("Pick 6")
Rush the quarterback
Offensive position's roles
Defensive position's roles 
Play option play
Safety (two meanings in F.B)
Pass pattern 
Play calling vs. Signal from sideline
Field goal vs. PAT
Tackle vs Flag Football rules
*How to respond when things are not going well--grace under pressure. 

Nov 4 through 24

Next on our agenda is a sport that was invented in 1891 by a college PE teacher (James Naismith) who was searching for a game that would emphasize shooting skills, burn extra energy of students so they could concentrate in class, keep his Track athletes in shape, and not allow towering/big players to dominate. Well, 3 out of 4 isn't bad. 

Skills to master include:
*Shooting (set, jump, and layups)
*Rebounding (BOX OUT!!!)
*Setting of picks and screens
*Movement without the ball

*History of game and changes over time
*Rules & Scoring 
*Basic strategy (zone, man to man?)

Is Basketball a good life time sport?  What criteria should be used to determine this?  Is it...
Fun?  Does it offer Fitness potential? 
Ease of putting a game together/ asessable? Cost?
Potential for injury?  
Intellectually stimulating also? 
Are others willing to play with you?

Key Terms of the Sport
Box out
Double Dribble
The Key
Picks and Screens
Lay up
Set shot
10 second line (aka: Center line)
The elbow (area of free throw line)
3 point shot
4.5 point player 
Zone vs Man on Man Defense
Free throw
Center, Guards, Forwards 

Your thoughts? Offer evidence to your points.  

2013 Issue: NCAA Basketball rule makers have clamped down on hand checking (using your hand(s) to slow down or stop a player with the ball). The intention was to increase scoring in the game (it is easier to score if you are not being blocked and pushed) and make the game more exciting. 
Has the game become more exciting because of this rule change? Why or why not?
What kind of a player would love this rule?...Who hates it?  The NBA passed similar rules in 2004--What are the NBA player's and coaches opinions about this rule?

Oct 7 through 31

The basics of Tennis will be practiced and refined.  Students should be able to demonstrate the  forehand and backhand groundstrokes,  a net attacking volley, a fundamentally sound serve.  They also should be able to articulate the basic rules and intent of the game, share a little of the sport's interesting history, know the 3 surfaces that are used for Tennis.  
The aforementioned skills and knowledge should be combined to produce a kid who could gather a few pals together to play a friendly match. 

Key vocabulary from the game:
Set and Match
Ground stroke (fore and back)
Bevels on the grip (and their numbering.) 
Singles court vs Doubles
Service line
Double Fault
Foot Fault
Deuce...Advantage in/ out
Scoring--love, 15, 30, 40, game.

What the heck does the French word ,  
          œuf (egg)
have to do with Tennis?

What 3 parts of the world lay claim to having invented the game?

What semi-yucky material was used for the early strings of a Tennis racket?

What can I do with my grip to help me to hit a top spin?

In the tradition of "student surpassing master", will I get good enough to beat Mr. Souza in a game of Tennis and earn a mini gatorade?

Answers to these mysteries await you... 

50 pt challenge
Fitness logs due:
       Oct 4 (A day)
     Oct 5 (B day)
Must have reflection!!!!

Sept 16 to Oct 5



Students will master the skills of the forearm pass, the overhead set, and the underhand and overhand serve, footwork used and the pancake save.  Blocking and spiking will be introduced to the upper grade students. Basic rules and objectives of the game, referee hand signals, and a bit of the history of the game will also be shared. 

The Language of Volleyball
1. Over-head Set
2. Carry
3. Double hit
4. Side out (old school term)
5. Serve
6. Player rotation 
7. Spike
8. Block
9. Dig
10. Ace
11. Assist

Know these referee hand signals:
1. In
2. Out
3. Carry or lifted ball
4. Re-do the play
5. Net touch
6. Double hit
7. Four hits on a side
8. Substitution 


August 28 to Sept 13
Weight Room

Weight room rules and procedures, lifting technique, training principles, and a "plethora" of benefits that can be gained from weight training will all be discussed and practiced. 
Students should be able to share their knowledge of the  anatomy of the major muscles of the body.

Key vocabulary:
Overload, Progression, cellular tears and regeneration, spotter, Circuit training, Open Gym format.

August 19 to 27
Fitness Testing
Students will be put forth their best efforts in for the Pacer run, the sit-n-reach, and also see how many proper-technique push ups and curl ups they can perform.

August 12 to 16                            Procedures and project Adventure (leadership and teaming skills)

Class Procedures, material needs, and expectations are presented.  Pre-ordered uniforms will be passed out and any students who are having "locker issues" will be helped.

Demonstrate Social Responsibility through following directions, supporting classmates, leading in a positive way.

Cooperative and Team Building Activities 

Trust Falls, All-Aboard, Hoop and Hollar, Trolly, River Crossing, and Human Knots, are just a few of the activities that will be done during the week to increase levels of: trust, communication, cooperative leadership (& follower-ship). The intention of many of the games this week is to help students to think about how their group is making decisions to resolve challenges, take healthy risks in an effort to grow recognize how positive interpersonal and group building skills contribute to a groups' success and also we hope that students find the week, "kinda fun"

Location: MPR (floor and stage).

August 8 & 9

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Welcome to OGMS! Today you'll meet your PE teacher and we need to take care of some "nuts & bolts" things such as class rules and handing out lockers.

Locker numbers to be passed out... do not share your combination with others. 

If you can get into your locker on your own on the first day, you are "ahead of the game". It takes most 6th graders 3 or 4 days to get comfortable with this process.  

The secret to using a combination lock is...

1. Turn it 2 times to the right (two full turns)

2. Find first number and stop on it. 

3. Turn one full turn to the left until you see your first number again.

4.  Now you can continue to the left until you see your second number.

5. Stop at 2nd number and then turn to the right until you see are at the 3rd number.

6. Lock will stop turning (not allow you to continue). This is a good thing! (open lock).



1. Stay relaxed and focused.

2. Be precise.

3. Don't get upset if it doesn't work on your first few tries. 

4. See your teacher if after a few attempts you are still stuck.  

5. Remember that soon this will become easy to do (second nature) but that it takes a few trails and errors to get there.  

Student Fitness survey

Step 1: Go to http://nfl.youthactivityprofile.org 

Step 2: Your Participant Code is: CARDINALS

Step 3: Complete the survey and view the report

Student Survey (just for first period A day kids)

50 point Health Tally Sheets are now due… with a short reflection on your health-promoting behaviors.   Make a claim and back it up with some evidence, and analysis. 

50 point Health Challenge 3rd Quarter.
Students are asked to keep a tally sheet of things that they are doing to promote their health. 

If you do extra research and find a health promoting activity that was not listed, this is worth a bonus 5 points toward your 50 point total. 
Don't hold back--go beyond the 50 points to earn higher than a 3!!! (and more importantly, improve your health even more!!!)

(if your paper has been lost, see Forms and Docs in my "More Stuff" link to the left on this page)

50 pt. Fitness Challenge 2nd Quarter. Start logging your efforts for Oct, Nov, Dec.

The theme is improvement 
Think of ways that you can show improvement over the first quarter's efforts--more points? more variety of activities? Improved organization?
Get a family member to join you in your quest for fitness? etc? 

You will also need 1st quarter's assignment (don't throw if away) to compare and contrast 1st and 2nd quarter's effort. 

Look under Forms and Doc (look left) for the Fitness challenge details. 

Help!!! Build your students' responsibility levels.
Students are expected to bring  their PE uniform back to school each week after laundering them over the weekend.  

The PE department does offer a "loaner" uniform to those students who forget theirs,  but the number of students needing to borrow a "loaner" this year has over-burdened the system.  We're only a few weeks into the school year and already over 150 kids have had to borrow one. 
(now up to 247 loans as of Oct 3, 2013)

Please devise a system whereby your child is taking on (and succeeding with) the responsibility of making sure their uniform is here when it is needed.   

Practicing/ working out at Home:  

Recipe for Writing an effective reflection for your Health quest (or any reflection for that matter)

1.  Topic Sentence --establishes a main idea--lets the reader know what's coming and focuses the paragraph. 

2.  2 or 3 or 4 supporting details.

3.  Use terms from PE--progression, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, endurance, monitoring of heart rate, over-load, new skills, perceived level of effort, intensity, time on task, frequency, healthy habits, nutrition, hygiene, emotional health, etc. 

4. Analysis--make the complex simpler to understand.  Perhaps you could describe how what you did resulted in making your thesis statement come true. Make a connection between what you did (or how you did it) and how it has changed you. How effective have your efforts been (and why? or why not?)

5. Toss in a goal (related to thesis statement)

With that recipe the paragraph will almost write itself. Make me proud!!!

Suggested pre-writing strategy:
Jot down some key points and key vocabulary words that you plan to use in your writing.  Most folks are resistant to doing this (wanting instead to "jump in" and start writing), but try it and you will see how much easier writing is...and the quality of work tends to rise dramatically.  Try it!!!!!

50 pt. Fitness Challenge

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Informative issues in Health and Physical Education...

Parental Sportsmanship guidelines...OGMS parents set the example and nearly all have followed the following code...


Examples of good conduct in sports includes:
Shaking hands with opponents after a game
Helping an opponent up after a play
Showing concern for injured opponents
Accepting all decisions of the referees
Encouraging less skilled teammates
Congratulating an excellent effort by opponents
Examples of poor sport conduct include:
Trash talking
Causing injury to an opponent on purpose
Making fun of teammates
Blaming losses on others
Running up the score against your opponents

Is Weight Training safe for kids?  


Cold or Flu? And what you can do...  

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Oct 24 
Personal Hygiene -- caring for your body


Oct 18
Looking for ways to strengthen your bones?  

Bone health...

Sept 19
Sleep is a critical  (perhaps over-looked?) component in maintaining one's health. Here's some interesting bits of information about the benefits of sleep...


Sept 6
Here's an interesting intenet article that lists Foods to get more of...(and less of for a healthier life)


August 29
The #1 way to keep germs from harming your health is to wash your hands frequently.  Always wash prior to eating, after using the restroom, after PE (who knows what has touched that equipment you used or if the kid who used it prior to you had a cold or not?), before and after contact with a cut or wound, after touching an animal. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recomends the following when washing hands:
1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
2. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under running water.
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
6. Use the towel as a barrier on the faucet to turn the water off and on the door handle as you leave. 

August 23
It's very hot and humid out.  Please remember to hydrate (take in lots of  fluids-especially water), wear sunscreen as well as light colored & loose fitting clothing, and modify your efforts so that you do not over-heat.

A cool shower or a jump in the pool at the end of the day will cool your core temperature and is refreshing. 
Heed the warning signs that your body is begining to have trouble with the heat:
1. Thirst
2. Tired (Fatigue)
3. Heavy sweating
4. Irritability
5. Dizzy or headache
6. A "sick stomach" feeling
7. Rapid pulse 
8. Skin is redish and hot to the touch
9. Confusion