Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Olympics, Research, Writing, Team Building, Problem Solving and Movement in PE Classes

Ms. Zaleski is starting the year in many of her PE classes with a cooperative games unit building on student interest from the Summer Olympic Games. Students working in teams use problem solving skills and movement to overcome obstacles as the teams work through series of tasks. The students also are doing research on several countries to learn about their involvement in the Olympics and their respective cultures. Ms. Zaleski has the students researching and writing which supports our writing across the curriculum goal.

Olympic Nations... Greetings... Flags

Here are a few of the activities helping our students use their problem solving, spatial, kinesthetic, and collaboration skills. 
  • Blind Square: The group moves into a large circle around a loop of rope. Everyone is blindfolded. The students pick up the rope. The group is told to form a perfect square with the rope. When they think they have succeeded they can remove their blindfolds. Rules: Each participant must hold onto the rope with at least one hand at all times and blindfolds are to remain in place until they feel they complete the figure. 
  • The Big Knot: Students come together in a group to grasp hands. They must then form a circle while keeping holding their hands while not speaking.
  • Toxic Waste Transfer: This activity requires the group to transport objects across an open space without directly touching the objects or their container. The group manipulates a bucket filled with small objects using ropes attached to the bucket.

Olympic Nations... Greetings... Flags

The students are doing their research on several countries with visual information posted around the gym in the form of flags and greetings.

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