Calling Hogs

Setup and Equipment

  • The class divides into partners and meet at the center of the gym.

  • Blindfolds are optional.

Guidelines:

  • The object of this activity is to find your partner by using a common two syllable word or two word combination.
  • Partners work together to come up with a unique hog call. One partner says the 1st half and the other partner says the second half. Today’s word combination will be a sport or physical activity.
  • Examples:
    • Tennis Serve
    • Ice Skating
    •  Jog – ging
  • On the signal, “Bumpers Up”. Partners place the palms of their hands over their eyes and extend their elbows forward.
  • Partners turn around and begin walking to the opposite end of the gym.
  • Stop on the teacher’s signal, then turn around so partners are facing each other..
  • Keep your “Bumpers Up” and try to find your partner using your hog call.
  • When you find your partner, open your eyes and open your eyes and move to the perimeter.
  • Walk clockwise and chat with your partner about some of your favorite ways to exercise.

 

Alternative Activity: Animal Sound

Setup and Equipment

  • The class divides into groups of four or five and meet together to come up with an animal sound. For example: Cows, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs.

  • Spread around the gym and mix up all of the groups.

Guidelines:

  • On the teachers signal, “Bumpers Up” and try to find all of the animals in your groups using your animal signs only.
  • When you find your group, open your eyes and move to the perimeter.
  • Walk clockwise and chat with your group about some of your favorite ways to exercise outdoors?

John Ratey Quotes

John J. Ratey quotes 

“At every level, from the microcellular to the psychological, exercise not only wards off the ill effects of chronic stress; it can also reverse them. Studies show that if researchers exercise rats that have been chronically stressed, that activity makes the hippocampus grow back to its preshriveled state. The mechanisms by which exercise changes how we think and feel are so much more effective than donuts, medicines, and wine. When you say you feel less stressed out after you go for a swim, or even a fast walk, you are.” 

you are born to move with grace, born to embrace novelty and variety, born to crave wide-open spaces, and, above all, born to love. But one of the more profound facts that will emerge is that you are born to heal. Your body fixes itself. A big part of this is an idea called homeostasis, which is a wonderfully intricate array of functions that repair the wear and tear and stress of living.” 
― John J. RateyGo Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization

“exercise is as effective as certain medications for treating anxiety and depression.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“Cognitive flexibility is an important executive function that reflects our ability to shift thinking and to produce a steady flow of creative thoughts and answers as opposed to a regurgitation of the usual responses. The trait correlates with high-performance levels in intellectually demanding jobs. So if you have an important afternoon brainstorming session scheduled, going for a short, intense run during lunchtime is a smart idea.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, man can attain perfection. —Plato” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“like every other aspect of our psychology, motivation is biological.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“Today, of course, there’s no need to forage and hunt to survive. Yet our genes are coded for this activity, and our brains are meant to direct it. Take that activity away, and you’re disrupting a delicate biological balance that has been fine-tuned over half a million years. Quite simply, we need to engage our endurance metabolism to keep our bodies and brains in optimum condition. The ancient rhythms of activity ingrained in our DNA translate roughly to the varied intensity of walking, jogging, running, and sprinting. In broad strokes, then, I think the best advice is to follow our ancestors’ routine: walk or jog every day, run a couple of times a week, and then go for the kill every now and then by sprinting.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“physical activity counts as novel experience, at least as far as the brain is concerned.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
“One of the prominent features of exercise, which is sometimes not appreciated in studies, is an improvement in the rate of learning,” 

In the context of stress, the great paradox of the modern age may be that there is not more hardship, just more news—and too much of it. The 24/7 streaming torrent of tragedy and demands flashing at us from an array of digital displays keeps the amygdala flying.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“we sometimes lose sight of the fact that the mind, brain, and body all influence one another. In addition to feeling good when you exercise, you feel good about yourself,” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“It turns out that moving our muscles produces proteins that travel through the bloodstream and into the brain, where they play pivotal roles in the mechanisms of our highest thought processes.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“What it means is that you have the power to change your brain. All you have to do is lace up your running shoes.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“the message I want to leave you with is that even as your body changes, exercise will keep your mind firm and taught.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“about the biology of stress and recovery, stress seems to have an effect on the brain similar to that of vaccines on the immune system. In limited doses, it causes brain cells to overcompensate and thus gird themselves against future demands. Neuroscientists call this phenomenon stress inoculation.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“What makes aerobic exercise so powerful is that it’s our evolutionary method of generating that spark. It lights a fire on every level of your brain, from stoking up the neurons’ metabolic furnaces to forging the very structures that transmit information from one synapse to the next.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“From an evolutionary perspective, exercise tricks the brain into trying to maintain itself for survival despite the hormonal cues that it is aging.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“Getting older is unavoidable, but falling apart is not.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“Over time, regular exercise also increases the efficiency of the cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“Scientists induced Parkinson’s in rats by killing the dopamine cells in their basal ganglia, and then forced half of them to run on a treadmill twice a day in the ten days following the “onset” of the disease. Incredibly, the runners’ dopamine levels stayed within normal ranges and their motor skills didn’t deteriorate. In one study on people with Parkinson’s, intensive activity improved motor ability as well as mood, and the positive effects lasted for at least six weeks after they stopped exercising.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“exercise has yet to be embraced as a medical treatment. It doesn’t simply raise serotonin or dopamine or norepinephrine. It adjusts all of them, to levels that, we can only presume, have been optimally programmed by evolution.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“BORN TO RUN In his book Racing the Antelope: What Animals Can Teach Us about Running and Life, biologist Bernd Heinrich describes the human species as an endurance predator. The genes that govern our bodies today evolved hundreds of thousands of years ago, when we were in constant motion, either foraging for food or chasing antelope for hours and days across the plains. Heinrich describes how, even though antelope are among the fastest mammals, our ancestors were able to hunt them down by driving them to exhaustion—keeping on their tails until they had no energy left to escape. Antelope are sprinters, but their metabolism doesn’t allow them to go and go and go. Ours does. And we have a fairly balanced distribution of fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibers, so even after ranging miles over the landscape we retain the metabolic capacity to sprint in short bursts to make the kill.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“The amount of data in the world is doubling every few years, but our attention system, like the rest of the brain, was built to make sense of the surrounding environment as it existed ten thousand years ago.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“A little is good, and more is better.” The best, however, based on everything I’ve read and seen, would be to do some form of aerobic activity six days a week, for forty-five minutes to an hour. Four of those days should be on the longer side, at moderate intensity, and two on the shorter side, at high intensity.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“Chronic stress is linked to some of our most deadly diseases.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“The point to remember is that the issue is not nature versus nurture. It is the balance between nature and nurture. Genes do not make a man gay, or violent, or fat, or a leader. Genes merely make proteins. The chemical effect of these proteins may make the man’s brain and body more receptive to certain environmental influences. But the extent of those influences will have as much to do with the outcome as the genes themselves. Furthermore, we humans are not prisoners of our genes or our environment. We have free will. Genes are overruled every time an angry man restrains his temper, a fat man diets, and an alocholic refuses to take a drink. On the other hand, the environment is overruled every time a genetic effect wins out, as when Lou Gehrig’s athletic ability was overruled by his ALS. Genes and the environment work together to shape our brains, and we can manage them both if we want to. It may be harder for people with certain genes or surroundings, but “harder” is a long way from pedetermination.” 
― John J. Ratey

“if you have an important afternoon brainstorming session scheduled, going for a short, intense run during lunchtime is a smart idea.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“The way you choose to cope with stress can change not only how you feel, but also how it transforms the brain. If you react passively or if there is simply no way out, stress can become damaging.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“By showing that exercise sparks the master molecule of the learning process, Cotman nailed down a direct biological connection between movement and cognitive function.” 
― John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Halloween Activities

Monster Mash – Music: Monster Mash

  • Eight Steps Forward, back – Frankenstein Style
  • Criss Cross Arms – Four counts – two with right arm top, then two with left
  • Hammer Fists – Eight Counts:  two with right fist on top, then two with left
  • Hitch Hike – Eight Counts – two with right thumb, then two with left, two with right, two with left.
  • Twist 8 counts: Start the first two counts while you twist back and forth, then go lower for each two counts until you finish the final 2 counts about knee-high.
  • Repeat the steps above for two stanzas. Then for the rest of the song twist high, low, one foot, then the other.

Pumpkin Tag

Setup and Equipment:

  • Stuffed Halloween character work well instead of yarn balls.
  • Gym mat in front of each wall for a 3 second base.
  • In our gym we randomly choose one team, which is 4-6 people to be taggers

Guidelines:

  • Start up the Halloween music.
  • Taggers can toss or tag by tossing or tagging shoulders or below.
  • If a child is tagged, the child must freeze and sit down on the floor in a pumpkin shape (arm hugging his/her knees to the chest with one fist making a stem on his/her head).
  • In order to become “unfrozen,” any player that is not a “witch” must see the frozen pumpkin, and give their stem a fist bump to free them.

Zombie Tag
Music: Halloween Favorites  with the Simpson’s Halloween Special as transition music.

Setup and Equipment:

  • Stuffed Halloween characters or yarn balls to use as taggers.
  • One mat is set up in front of each wall – these are safe bases

Guidelines:

  • One team of 4-6 students is randomly chosen as “its” – they may throw (shoulders or below) or just tag players.
  • If they are tagged, they are turned into a zombie, they have to find another zombie, then make a bridge with their hands, then a 3rd zombie will walk under the bridge and all three of them will have “free walk backs to a mat.
  • Play continues for about two minutes while the Halloween music is played.
  • When the music stops, choose a new team of taggers.

Edison PE Class Schedule

Time

Monday PE                  

Tuesday PE 

Thursday PE Friday PE
8:45 – 9:15 4/5 Brian 4/5/ Christine 4/5 Christine 4/5 Sarah L.
9:15 – 9:45 4/5 Kristi Teacher Prep 4/5 Brian Teacher Prep
9:45 – 10:15 4/5 Sarah L. 4/5 Susan 4/5 Kristi 4/5 Susan
11:00 11:40 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
11:45 – 12:15 K Nancy K Sarah M. K Nancy K Nancy
12:25 -12:55 1/2 Crystal 1/2 Laura Harris 1/2 Crystal 1/2 Laura Harris
1:00 – 1:30 1/2 Laura Hood 1/2 Tina 1/2 Laura Hood 1/2 Tina
1:45 – 2:15 1/2 Jenny 1/2 Jenny
2:15 -2:43 3rd Janine 3rd Anne 3rd Janine 3rd Anne

 

Hands Down Four Square

Hands Down Four Square

  • Fingers always point down. No holding ball during play.
  • 4 square serves to 1 square. A good serve is bounced on the blacktop, then hit to the one square. If you win three times in square 4, go to the end on the line.
  • All line balls are good, so always play the ball. When a player is out, they must go to the end of the line and players move up to fill vacated square.
  • You are out when:
  • You hit the ball out of bounds
  • The ball hits twice in your square.
  • You touch the ball when it’s in the air.
  • Who’s out? The “judge” 1st person in line decides disputed calls.  

Cooperative Board Walk

Setup and Equipment:

  • Eight 2 by 4 Ski’s with footholds for two or three people.
  • Jump ropes to lay on the grass for the starting line. Break four teams in half, so you have eight starting teams of 2 or 3 students per team.
  • The first two or three students in line put their feet into the designated footholds on the 2 by 4 skis. The rest of the team stands behind the starting team. Their turns will be next.
  • Four Cones red, blue, yellow, and green cones about 30 feet away. Set it up so there is enough room so that the skis can get around the cones with touching the other teams.

Guidelines:

  • Relay begins with 8 groups trying to move together to get their skis working in sync, so they can get to the opposite end, move around the cone and back to the starting spot.
  • After completion of  a turn, switch positions so that a new group has their turn moving together on the skis.
  • The Most Fun Wins! 

Field Day 2017 General Information

As in previous years..  Classrooms will be divided into 4 “color teams” red, blue, yellow, and green. There will be stations that each classroom rotates through. Every 9-10 minutes there will be a signal to rotate. (The classroom teacher will rotate with the class to help manage, and participate if he/she wishes.)  At each station the volunteers will be ready with directions and how to line up according to ‘color team’.  The volunteers will lead the activities at each station- please have students say “thank-you’ before they move on to the next station. To help promote teamwork and to help identify teams, students are encouraged to wear their designated color. (Once again, Color teams will be assigned in each classroom prior to Field Day.)

   General Rules

         1. Each classroom is to stay together for the station rotation.

2. Each classroom must stay in their assigned area for the duration of their activity, or event, until a signal is given to move to the next area.

3. Students are encouraged to promote a positive team atmosphere.

 Helpful Field Day Tips

 Following are some items that you may want to consider sending with your child on field day:

Sunscreen – Some field days have been very warm and sunny, and as we will be outside for over an hour, sunscreen can be very important.

Water Bottle – We will have a water /treat station, but a water bottle can be convenient, as long as they are used appropriately. (Please put student name on water bottle)

Hat – Not necessary, but they are allowed.

Dry Clothes – Not necessary, but if it is warm enough, we play a game where students may get quite wet, so you may want to send a spare shirt or clothing if you wish.

Tchoukball (Chookball) Relay

Setup and Equipment

  • Four Tchoukball (Chookball) Frames 
  • Four balls: Playground Balls (any kind will work)
  • Four Cones red, blue, yellow, and green cones lined up facing the goal
  • Make 3 lines on the blacktop about 5 feet in front of the goals. Make a second line about 10 feet back and the third 15 – 20 feet back. Use sidewalk chalk, poly spots or jump ropes.

Guidelines:

  • Teams are lined up facing the goals. This is a relay.  If the ball is thrown directly in the center the ball it should bounce into the air and you should try to catch it on a fly. You also get points if you catch it on one bounce.
  • The first person on each team will move the ball by running to the first, second or third lines and throw the ball at the net.  More points are earned by attempting the longer throws.

Round 1: 

  • The first person on each team will move the ball by running to the first line or spot near the goal and attempt to throw the ball at the center of the goal.
  • If the ball is thrown directly in the center the ball it should bounce into the air and you should try to catch it on a fly. You also get points if you catch it on one bounce.
  • You earn 1 point for throwing and catching it on a fly and from the first line.
  • You earn 2 points by throwing and catching it from the second line on a fly and one point if you catch it on a bounce.
  • If you throw and catch it on a fly from the three-point line you get three points. If you catch it on a bounce you get 2 points.
  • Continue for five minutes and see how many points your team can get.

Round 2: Partner

  • The first two people on each team will move the ball by running to one of the lines. One person is the thrower and one is the catcher.
  • Use the same point system as above.
    Continue for five minutes and see how many points your team can score.

Round 3: Partner Variation 

  • One partner runs up and throws the ball and the other partner tries to catch it. On each turn switch the roles of throwing and catching.

Younger Grades: For the younger grades you won’t need to do the points. They’ll just enjoy seeing how far they can bounce the ball.
Variations: Round Three: Try different balls. How about basketballs, soccer balls?

The Most Fun Wins!