Monday, May 5, 2014

Game, Set and Match!

Grade 8: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Tennis... 

Oi Grade 8!

Take a look at the videos below. How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on tennis?






Enduring Understanding
  • Risk-taking and critical thinking are necessary for player development, and in turn build confidence and a clearer understanding of tennis

Essential Questions
  • What is tennis?
  • What movement skills and concepts are practiced in tennis? How are they similar to other sports? Which ones?
  • In what ways is critical thinking developed in tennis?
  • How does risk-taking contribute to player development?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of an individual or doubles team?
  • In what ways does tennis develop physical and health literacy?

Use the Tennis Progression Rubric to help guide your development throughout this unit.



Some FACTS about Tennis... (wikipedia)
  • The object of the game is to play the ball such that your opponent is not able to play a good return
  • The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England in the late 19th century and was known as "lawn tennis"
  • Tennis is played by millions of recreational players, including wheelchair users
  • A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point challenge system, which allows a player to contest the line call of a point
  • There are four Grand Slam tournaments that are also referred to as the "Majors": the Australian Open (hard courts), the French Open (red clay courts), Wimbledon (grass courts) and the US Open (hard courts)

Take a look at the tennis instructional videos below. Consider the following... How could you connect our enduring understanding and essential questions to what you see?

ESPN Sport Science: Tennis Surfaces

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Finishing up our discussion on tennis... What new thinking has taken place at the end of our unit?

Use the thinking routineHeadlines, to demonstrate your new thinking of what captures the heart of tennis and create a blog post that includes:
  1. Your headline as your title
  2. Synthesize your understanding of how our enduring understanding is connected to physical and health literacy - draw upon the essential questions, our experiences in PE, the tennis instructional videos and/or a tennis-related resource (some websites are listed on our PE Blog) to help guide your thinking
  3. Include at least one image or video to add meaning to your post - remember to cite your visuals and be aware of visuals that are copyrightedCite your images according to the following examples:
      • Creative Commons: Image licensed under Creative Commons by "name or username". Link to original source.
      • Public Domain: Image from Public Domain by "name". Link to original source.
  4. Labels: PE, grade level, name of unit

Follow the grading rubric to help you in this process

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Who's On First?!

Grade 7: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Softball... 

Oi Grade 7!

Take a look at the video below. How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on softball?

Japan vs USA Women's Softball
Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games Gold Medal Final

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Enduring Understanding
  • Thinking critically and communicating effectively are essential to player development in the game of softball

Essential Questions
  • What is softball?
  • What movement skills and concepts are practiced in softball?
  • In what ways is critical thinking developed in softball?
  • How does effective communication contribute to player development?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of a team?
  • In what ways does softball develop physical and health literacy?

Use the Softball Progression Rubric to help guide your development throughout this unit.



Some FACTS about Softball... (wikipedia)
  • Softball is a variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field
  • It was invented in 1887 in Chicago as an indoor game
  • The first softball league outside the United States was organized in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) in 1897
  • The World Baseball Softball Confederation regulates rules of in play in more than 110 countries, including the United States and Canada
  • There are two types of softball - slow pitch and fast pitch

Take a look at the softball instructional videos below. Consider the following... How could you connect our enduring understanding and essential questions to what you see?


Softball Throw

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How to Throw a Softball

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Fielding Skills

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The Swing

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Developing a Short, Compact Swing

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Pitching Tips

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Finishing up our discussion on softball... What new thinking has taken place at the end of our unit?

Write in the comment section of this post at least 3 sentences connecting our enduring understanding to physical and health literacy.

Draw upon the following to help guide your thinking: 
  • Essential questions
  • Experiences in PE
  • Softball instructional videos
  • A softball-related resource (some websites are listed on our PE Blog)

Tumbling into Action!

Grade 6: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Gymnastics... 

Oi Grade 6!

In our next activity unit for PE, you will have the opportunity to explore, practice and analyze the skills necessary to develop body and spatial awareness, movement control and collaboration among group members. 

In small groups, you will create a gymnastics sequence that includes specific body control and movement skills, smooth transitions and follows appropriate safety measures. 

Collaboration is essential for individual and group growth to take place, especially when faced with the challenges associated with planning a group performance. I wonder, in what ways could the learning habits and personal and social behaviour impact individual and group participation and growth?

Consider the following enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on gymnasticsHow could you connect your participation in various movement stations to the enduring understanding and essential questions?

Enduring Understanding
  • A gymnastics sequence requires innovation, risk-taking and application of the skills needed to develop body and spatial awareness, movement control and collaboration among group members

Essential Questions
  • What movement skills and concepts are practiced in gymnastics?
  • In what ways is innovation and risk-taking necessary in gymnastics?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of a group?
  • In what ways does gymnastics develop physical and health literacy?
  • As early as 2600 BCE kung fu or medical gymnastics was practiced in China to combine movement and breathing to help organs function
  • Prior to the 20th century all physical education was called gymnastics; in ancient Greece physicians used gymnastics to improve health
  • German and Swedish gymnastics were developed for military training and were imported to the US
  • Cirque du Soleil entertains audiences with creative gymnastic skills
  • Gymnastics is a part of skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing
  • Parkour movements are gymnastic in nature

Check out the following videos...in what ways are the movements you see similar?




Improving Individual and Group Performance

Watch the following videos to help improve individual and group performance of specific movement skills. How could you use and/or modify these skills in your group's gymnastics sequence? What safety measures are being followed in each of the videos?






















Partner and Group Challenges... Innovation requires risk-taking!

Take a look at the following balances and pyramids. What steps are needed to perform these skills successfully with your partner or group? How could you use and/or modify these skills in a gymnastics sequence? What safety measures should be followed when performing these moves?




Grade 6 Tumbles into ACTION!

Take a look at last year's gymnastics sequences presentations. I wonder, how could your group's presentation look like?

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 Juan Pablo, Mikel, Misha, Peter, Jack and Diego


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 Rafa, Pedro, Matheus, Caiuà and Christophe


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 Karin, Fiona, Brenna, Clara and Anna


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 Jessica C, Jessica S, Noah, Amanda, Jacque and Gabi