I can’t believe we are already into our second semester. Spring is just around the corner. What a great time to set some fitness goals!
That is what the 5th, 4th and 3rd graders are working on this semester. The central idea for the current planner is: Working towards goals can benefit overall health. With this new planner students are setting goals to work towards for May. To determine their first goal, students took part in a very abbreviated version of a mock FitnessGram. After taking part in three activities connected to the FitnessGram, students were asked to self reflect on their performance. They then set a goal based on their own reflection and the Fitnessgram standards for children their age. The second goal is based on one of the health components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition. To assist them in determining an area of growth for themselves, students rotated through stations completing 3-4 exercises connected to each health component. Upon completing the exercises at each station, students were asked to do a quick self-assessment on how their body reacted to the exercises in that station. Once they visited every station, students chose an area in which they would like to improve. This area will be the basis for their second goal. In the next couple weeks, students will be writing S.M.A.R.T goals and designing a fitness plan to work towards for May.
In the 2nd, 1st and kinder classes, students are working on common goals while exploring and developing techniques for striking and fielding. Striking/fielding activities are an excellent way to teach fundamental skills such as catching, throwing, running and striking. A couple of the goals that will be the focus include: demonstrating safe behaviors when participating in physical activity, interacting and getting along with others through encouraging and recognizing individual differences, and maintaining positive relationships with others.
My hope with this planner is that the students will see value in pursuing a lifetime of health and fitness.