February – What Is My Child Doing in PE?

Kindergarten and first graders will learn about heart health and will become aware of their breathing rate during exercise. Students will practice jumping rope.

Second and third graders will explore the relationship between heart rate and intensity and continue to learn about energy as it relates to eating from the five food groups. Students will practice jumping rope, working on the basic bounce, the skier, and the bell jump.

Fourth and fifth graders will use pulse sticks to monitor their own effort and intensity. They will learn about the three macronutrients in food and what role each plays in providing the body with energy. Students will add to their jump roping skill sets, and will work to sequence those skills to create their own jump rope routines.

February is Heart Health Month! Rawls Byrd will be supporting the American Heart Association by participating in Jump Rope for Heart this month. We will only be collecting online donations this year.

January – What Is My Child Doing in PE?

Kindergarten and first graders will learn about rhythm and dance, and how dance can be used as a great way to exercise.  Students will be introduced to the skeletal system and will understand what functions bones serve in the human body.

Second and third graders will continue learning different folk, line, and social dances.  They will continue to learn about bone health and will use pedometers as a way to track their movement while dancing.

Fourth and fifth graders will use pedometers to track their moderate-to-vigorous activity time while dancing.  They will learn the names of many upper and lower extremity bones, and will learn how they can grow and maintain strong bones throughout their life.

All students will focus on acceptance of other cultures as they willingly participate in dances from around the world.

October – What Is My Child Doing in PE?

Kindergarten and first graders will practice underhand rolling and tossing skills, continue to work on locomotor movements, such as skipping, galloping, and jumping, and will get their first practice on the Rawls Byrd climbing wall!

Second and third graders will practice kicking skills, including dribbling, passing, and trapping.  Students will be introduced to the PACER run, a fitness measurement for cardiorespiratory endurance, and they will continue to learn about heart health.

Fourth and fifth graders will complete all five of their personal fitness measurements.  They will also practice their kicking skills, focusing on integrating the skills into small sided games and modified sports activities.

All students will focus on personal responsibility and work ethic.

September – What Is My Child Doing in PE?

Kindergarteners will spend the first few weeks of school practicing safe ways in which to move throughout the gymnasium. Basic locomotor movements like walking, running, jumping and hopping will be introduced, as well as the concepts of personal space and intensity

First graders will review the concepts of personal space and intensity. They will practice locomotor movements such as walking, running, jumping, and hopping, and will continue to work on skipping, galloping, sliding, and leaping.

Second and third graders will toss and catch individually and with a group and review all locomotor movements. They will learn and apply the five components of fitness to class activities.

Fourth and fifth graders will review and master overhand throwing and catching to stationary and moving targets. They will use pedometers and pulse sticks, which will provide feedback during class and help drive goal setting and improved fitness. Students will learn about cardiorespiratory endurance and how it applies to various intensity levels.