What's Happening in PE and Health at the Lyme School

                SECOND QUARTER PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Greetings!!!  First quarter has come to an end rather quickly and we are now gearing up for the winter months ahead.  I have really enjoyed working with all the children in our school and continue to look forward to the rest of the year.  Ms. Hrubowchak is still with us and will be throughout mid December.  We are enjoying her work with grades 6-8 in PE and health. Below is a synopsis of curricula offered to all grades in PE and health.
Thank you for taking time to read this and keep updated on what's happening in PE and health. 
In Health,
Lisa Damren
  
 A.  PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

Kindergartners, who meet once a week for 40 minutes, and first and second graders, who meet twice a week for 40 minutes have been working on several skill components in PE.  Locomotor movements are being reinforced while being interwoven through a unit of  exploring personal and general space.  They will begin their work on a static and dynamic balance unit within the next several weeks .  We will then move into manipulative skills, such as tossing and catching, juggling, and other eye-hand coordination activities.

Grades three through five, who meet twice a week for 40 minutes, have been concentrating on cooperative games and activities in hopes that they will carry out their communication and cooperation skills in a variety of settings, including the use of vertical and traverse climbing walls.  Grade 5 will begin learning the important process of belaying one another on the vertical climbing wall, always a favorite to teach and then watch the kids execute.

 Grades six through eight will begin the quarter participating in the FitnessGram physical fitness test.  This assessment measures a student's persona fitness level in the fitness component areas of muscular upper body strength, abdominal muscular endurance, flexibility in the lower back and hamstrings, and cardiovascular endurance.  One that is complete, students will participate in a basketball unit with small half court games to maximize participation and skill use.  Upon completion of that unit, students will  use their acquired team building skills utilizing their belaying and climbing techniques to work cooperatively together, taking care of one another while  on the traverse and vertical climbing walls. Adolescence is often a time of risk taking. Through the use of the climbing wall, students will learn to take healthy physical and emotional risk by enlisting their  trust in fellow classmates.


B.  HEALTH EDUCATION.

Students in grades5 and 7 will wrap up a lengthy unit of study on learning differences and disabilities.  This unit was desired to bring awareness to the differences we all have in learning, but in particular those whose needs may exceed or require more awareness for understanding.  Grade 6 will be finishing their WebQuest project on substances and substance use withe desired outcome being learning about a particular substance and the dangers of use, abuse, prevention, and treatment.  From there, students in grades 6-8  will study units infectious diseases ( grades 5 and 6), HIV/AIDS (grade 7) and the adolescent brain and infectious diseases ( grade 8).  In December, our study of adolescence will involve discussing a variety of issues related to being an individual between the ages of 11 and 14.  The health team would again like to emphasize that topics addressed in our curriculum serve as a spring board for discussions at home. 

Have a healthy and safe winter.  Enjoy time together exercising, reading, or just spending quality time with one another, it’s one the healthiest things to do!




Lisa Damren :)
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