• Summer is quickly approaching. My Physical Education curriculum uses this time to introduce and lay the foundation for a summer of physical activity. This unit encourages students to take advantage of the local resources to continue practicing a healthy lifestyle.  During class time the students participate in Beach day or Park Day.  At this time I will give the students access to any of the equipment in the P.E. storage shed. I tell the children the P.E. Store is open. Students then play what activity suits them on that day, as if they were spending the day at the beach or the park. Example activities include Frisbee Golf, Kickball, Bocce, or Whiffle ball. The opportunities are only limited by the child’s creativity and our learning space. Many students use this time to create, invent or modify games. Using the teachers guidance students develop a game keeping in mind their play space at home, such as drive way baseball. They then go on to play it all summer long.

    To take advantage of physical activities outside of school we will use technology to find and exploit the opportunities in the community. The Lessons I will describe are, Internet Scavenger Hunt, Digital Photo Safari, and Geocaching. These lessons are included with the Park day theme because the instructional goal of this unit is to encourage students to take advantage of the physical activities available in the community. Students need to discover and choose activities that will keep them moving all summer long.
    Beach Day

    Lesson One

    Internet Scavenger Hunt

    5th Grade Physical Education

    NET Standards: Research and Information Fluency:  Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

    Equipment: Students will use the computer stations in the lab. We will use the computers to explore physical activity opportunities in the area.

    Instructional goals: The goals of this assignment are to improve the student’s skills for searching the internet. Students will also locate various opportunities for physical activities in the community.

    Performance objectives: Students will recall how to navigate the internet, send an email with an attachment, find and share important information from an internet web site. Students will apply previous skills learned to manipulate a Word document.

    Guided Practice: Students will use the internet to complete the prepared questions. Students will use Microsoft word to produce a document for assessment. (Bonus points for a site no other student uses).

    1.      Post a URL for a National Park within 50 miles of school.

    2.      Post a URL for a State Park within 50 miles of school.

    3.      Go to   www.Geocaching.com   Watch the Splinter heads video. What color is the Monkey Barrel?

    4.      Find the hours of operation and cost for as many activities you can within a fifty mile radius. Include an internet link.

    Send an email to Mr. Shugars with your Scavenger Hunt word Document attached.

                Students will answers questions 1-3 one point each. 1 point for each link in question four.

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    Lesson Two: Digital Photo Safari

    5th Grade Physical Education Carmel River School The school is located in a natural setting. It is possible for students to capture many different types of animals. Our school borders a wetland with a diverse population of plants and animals. The ecology around our school has a healthy diversity. Because of this diversity and our strong science program it is important for our students to be able to identify appreciate the natural splendor that surrounds us.

    NET Standards: Communication and Collaboration:  Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

    Equipment: Flip Cameras, Computer Lab stations,

    Instructional goals:  The goal of this assignment is to encourage the students to go for a nature walk. A nature walk is a slow hike, it is important to take time and take a closer look at the flora, and fauna. Students must be quiet and move slowly to improve the chances of seeing more animals.

    Performance objectives: Students will use the flip cameras to capture photos of the local flora and fauna. Students will then evaluate their photos and synthesize a slide show using PowerPoint.  Students will also create a caption for each photo. The slide show will also feature the common name of the plants and animals represented.

    Guided practice (activity) Students will explore the boundaries of the school grounds with their flip cameras. Students should take as many photos or as much video as they can. On our next meeting we will visit the computer lab and create a slide show, showcasing our favorite photos.

    Assessment:  Students will share their slideshows with the class. The show should be at least 6 slides and contain 3 different transitions. Each Photo will include text describing the Picture including the common name of the animals or plants present.
     
    Lesson Three: Geocaching
     

    5th Grade Physical Education: The students are encouraged to find physical activities to do outside of school our location is an excellent place to go hiking. Hundreds of geocaches are hidden within a 20 mile radius of town.

    NET Standard: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

    Equipment: GPS devices and several geocaches hidden on the school grounds. Access to the computer lab for email

    Instructional goals:The activity of Geocaching is an excellent opportunity for families to use their smart phone or GPS and go on a treasure hunt hiking on the local trails of the community. The students will learn about this opportunity and share the experience with their families outside of school hours. Increase family participation in physical activity.

    Performance objectives: Students will demonstrate the procedures needed to input coordinates into the GPS device. Use the GPS device to find the geocache hidden on campus. Write an email including a link to the website.

    Guided practice (activity): Students will use GPS devices to find Geocaches that I have hidden on the school grounds.  I will also hide Geocaches in the community. Included in my geocaches will be items from the school such as student store dollars and bonuses that students can return to me for prizes.  I live in an area with plenty of hiking so this will be an excellent weekend activity for the families of my school. I look forward to reading their posts on the Geocache website.

    Assessment:  Students will demonstrate proficiency using the GPS device. Students will input the coordinates and navigate to a geocache hidden on the school grounds. The school lesson is designed to introduce Geocaching to them. Students will write an email to their parents describing Geocaching and how much fun it is. The email will include a link to the Geocaching website so their parents have a better understanding of the activity.

     

     

     References:

    Nitko Anthony J. and Brookhart Susan M. (2011) Educational Assessment of Students

                Sixth edition Pearson, Boston MA.

    Smaldino Sharon E., Lowther Deborah L. and Russell James D. (2008)

    Instructional Technology and Media for Learning, Ninth edition, Pearson Upper Saddle River, NJ.