Awesome Icebreaker Game - The Crazy Cards Challenge Activity

Awesome Icebreaker Game - The Crazy Cards Challenge Activity

This is a great game that you can play as an icebreaker at the beginning of the year (or anytime really) to help kids develop connections, laugh, get to know each other and have a good time working together to complete a challenge. This game is good for all ages - even adults :-) The challenge is to finish all 60 task cards in the shortest amount of time possible. The real purpose of the game is just to “break the ice” - to have fun working together, to get kids laughing with one another and to provide some teachable moments about the power of connections and being brave. Setup: ● Normally I have the students/participants circle up in the middle of the gym and spread the cards face down on the ground in front of them. ● For one smaller class - 1 deck is good. If you have more than 25-30 students I would print 2 decks. Rules: ● The goal of the game is for everyone to work together to accomplish all of the task cards as quickly as possible. Some of the cards can be accomplished alone, but many of them will require the help of someone else. So be aware that you’ll need to help teammates out in order to complete the challenge. ● Once your task is completed, bring the card to your teacher and place it face down in their hand, then go pick up another card. If there are no cards available, try to find someone else with a card and help them complete their task. ● Everyone gets ONE redo (you can put a card back and choose another one) ● When all the cards have been turned in - the teacher will stop the timer Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Fitnessgram Award Certificates for Fitness Testing in PE Class

Fitnessgram Award Certificates for Fitness Testing in PE Class

I use these certificates during fitness testing. We give out certificates to the highest scoring boy and girl from each class. This creates a healthy spirit of competition in our gym and also awards students for excellent achievement. At the end of each class during our fitness testing period we hold an "awards ceremony" for those students who scored the highest on each test. After giving them the certificate we ask them to give the class a helpful tip or one of their "secrets for success". Giving out awards is a quick and easy way to motivate students and award excellent achievement. It's also a great parent communication tool, because every student who receives an award will show it to their parents, which sheds a positive light on your Physical Education program. I hope it works for you. Included in this Bundle 20 PDF certificates: 4 versions of each test: Pacer Test, Curlup Test, Pushup Test, Sit and Reach Test and 1 Mile Run. The 4 Versions of each certificate are: - Best Score in Class - Excellent Achievement - Most Improved - Best Score in School THANKS! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Best in Class Pacer Test Certificate |Fitnessgram Testing Supplement|

Best in Class Pacer Test Certificate |Fitnessgram Testing Supplement|

Note: This certificate is also available in my bundle package along with many other Fitnessgram Certificates Please check out my store to view the bundle I use this certificate during fitness testing. We give out certificates to the highest scoring boy and girl from each class. This creates a healthy spirit of competition in our gym and also awards students for excellent achievement. At the end of each class during our fitness testing period we hold an "awards ceremony" for those students who scored the highest on each test. After giving them the certificate we ask them to give the class a helpful tip or one of their "secrets for success". Giving out awards is a quick and easy way to motivate students and award excellent achievement. It's also a great parent communication tool, because every student who receives an award will show it to their parents, which sheds a positive light on your Physical Education program. I hope it works for you. Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Fitnessgram Goal Setting Guide |PE Fitness Testing Supplement|

Fitnessgram Goal Setting Guide |PE Fitness Testing Supplement|

This is a 2 page worksheet that I created to supplement my Fitness Unit. I use it with my 4th and 5th grade students and they write their scores down for each of the Fitnesgram assessments that we do and then set a goal for the end of the year. There is a box for Pacer, Curlups, Pushups, Sit and Reach and one extra box marked "other" if you have your students perform another test other than the ones listed. I really like using this, because it allows students to see their progress and learn the basics of goal setting. Hope it's helpful! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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4 Week Gymnastics Unit Sample for PE Class |Teacher Resource Pack|

4 Week Gymnastics Unit Sample for PE Class |Teacher Resource Pack|

This is a teacher resource pack with everything you need to teach an AWESOME gymnastics unit to your students. Included are 5 main components: 4 Week Unit Sample This 22 page document is straight from my clipboard to yours. My refined, tried and tested lessons. Each lesson is aligned to SHAPE America’s Grade Level Outcomes and the National PE Standards. Each lesson is very detailed and packed with ideas and value to help you plan your next unit. *Please note - this unit is based on once a week PE, but can easily be modified to fit your specific situation 25 Awesome Balance Challenges E-Book This E-book includes 25 Single Balance Task Cards that can be printed or projected on a screen to give your students a visual to try and replicate when working on balancing. All task cards are color coded into 3 different difficulty levels for easy sorting and teaching with differentiation to all skill levels. *also available separately at my store 25 Awesome Balancing Challenges Poster Digital copy of a poster with all 25 balances on one page to be printed for your gym wall Create Your Own Routine Student Worksheet A printable worksheet that guides your students in creating their own gymnastics routine. It’s a great student portfolio piece and also comes with rubric if you want to use it as an assessment. *Also available separately at my store Gymnastics Station Signs 14 printable station signs to allow your students the freedom to work on their gymnastics skills independently while you give feedback and assess student skills. *Also available separately at my store This is by far one of my most popular resources - I hope you find it helpful! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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10 Fun Basketball Activity Station Signs for PE Class

10 Fun Basketball Activity Station Signs for PE Class

A great resource that I use during my Basketball Unit to allow kids to work independently on the skills used in Basketball. You can use it as a warmup station activity or as an entire lesson. 10 Station Signs included Print them, Post them, Teach them - Have Fun! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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25 Single Balancing Challenges E-book and Task Cards

25 Single Balancing Challenges E-book and Task Cards

Included in this download is a 30 page E-book with 25 different single balances that you can have students try. Also, you will receive a PDF and JPEG version of a poster with all 25 Single Balances on it to display on your wall, projector, TV or smartboard. It also includes tips for success and common refinements to use during the activity. Note: This book is also available as a bundle with my 4 Week Gymnastics Unit Plan (in my TES Store) How I use this resource: Show students the balances starting with the easiest and moving up to the more advanced balances - Either by printing this guide or projecting it on a TV or screen. Play music and allow students to try to hold the balance for a specific amount of time or longer As students are trying the balances, play some music and walk around and offer feedback. Stop the class every few minutes or so and talk about group refinements and have an exemplar student give an example of their balance and discuss why it looks so good. Note: Balances are all color coded for level of difficulty, Green (easy) Yellow (medium) and Red (hard) Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Gymnastics "Create Your Own Routine" Worksheet

Gymnastics "Create Your Own Routine" Worksheet

I created this resource to use as a visual aid to help my 3rd - 5th grade students create a Gymnastics Routine. It's a worksheet where they can draw or describe the different components of their gymnastics routine in order. Note: This resource is also available as a bundle with my 4 Week Gymnastics Unit Plan (available in my store) We usually spend about 2 weeks learning the basic skills (balancing, jumping and landing, travelling) and then I give them an entire class to create a routine on this worksheet and perform it by the end of class. Also included - an optional rubic if you want to grade the routines and tips and common refinements for the activity Another good resource to go along with this is my 25 Single Balancing Challenges Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Gymnastics Station Activities for PE Class |Printable Task Cards|

Gymnastics Station Activities for PE Class |Printable Task Cards|

In this pack is a PDF with 14 Awesome Printable Gymnastics Station Activity Signs Note: These are also available as a bundle with my 4 Week Gymnastics Unit Plan I use these stations as the culminating activity for my gymnastics unit. Included in the pack is a link to a video walk through of my setup and tips for success when using stations. These signs will give your students great visuals, directions and help them stay on task at the different station activities. Station Signs Include: - Single Balances - Rolling - Vaulting - Partner Balances - Animal Travels - Jumping and Landing - Balance Beam - Cartwheel - Workout - Travelling (any way you want) - Rock Wall - Rope Swing - Rope Climb - Create a Sequence Just print and you're good to go. I hope your students enjoy these activities as much as mine have! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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25 Exercise Station Signs + 10 One Page Workout Posters |Awesome for PE Class|

25 Exercise Station Signs + 10 One Page Workout Posters |Awesome for PE Class|

This download contains 2 high quality PDF documents: 25 Exercise Station Signs Download: - 25 different exercises - Each page has an adolescent model performing the exercise - Each page has the targeted component of fitness (Muscular Endurance, Flexibility, Cardio) 10 One Page Workouts Download: - Each page has a one page workout that can be completed in the AMRAP style (as many rounds as possible) - Each workout has the targeted component of fitness for that specific workout I created this resource because I couldn't find any exercise posters that were designed for students, everything I found had adult examples. I wanted some simple posters with a girl and boy adolescent example. I also wanted the component of fitness being targeted to be listed on each exercise. How I Use This Resource: Normally, I have 2-3 signs at each of the 6 stations around the room and we rotate through a Interval Workout of 30 seconds on – 15 seconds off. So students do the exercise for 30 seconds then when the timer buzzes they rotate to the next station and have 15 seconds to rotate and rest. I always have 2-3 exercise options at each station so students can switch if they get too tired (burpees for 30 seconds is pretty tough). After they learn all of the exercises, I switch it up by allowing them to choose from the One Page Workouts and try to complete as many rounds as they can in a 3-5 minute time limit. You can also project them on a screen if you have one available in your teaching space. Hope you enjoy using them as much as I have! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Christmas Activity Station Signs for PE Class

Christmas Activity Station Signs for PE Class

These 10 fun holiday themed activities are great for that week before Christmas Break when your students (and you) are thinking about nothing but the holidays. 10 printable station signs including: - Snowmobile Racing (scooters) - Santa's Bag Toss (throwing) - Snowball Target Practice (throwing) - Hockey Shootout (hockey) - Snow Shoe Exploring (cup stilts or buddy walkers) - Ice Climbing (rock wall) - Snow Castle Building (cup stacks, noodle blocks, hula huts) - Wreath Toss (hula hoop throw or ring toss) - S-A-N-T-A Basketball (basketball shooting) - Ice Skating (sliding on spots) Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Parent Letter for PE Class - Forgot My Shoes, Got Injured, Time Out Form

Parent Letter for PE Class - Forgot My Shoes, Got Injured, Time Out Form

This is a great system that I created in order to cut down on the time I spent dealing with students who were unable to participate and it allows the teacher to focus more time on teaching. It also increases parent communication and gives students some accountability. I have created a full page worksheet and a half page worksheet for those that want to save paper. The best way to implement this management system is to have multiple forms already on clipboards hanging on the wall and explain the procedure to students. This way when students come in with inappropriate shoes or are injured they know to go directly to the wall and fill out a form. We also use this same form for time outs, injuries or any situation when the student can't participate. This decreases distraction for the teacher and streamlines the beginning of the lesson, which can sometimes become delayed when students immediately come up to you with excuses about being unprepared for class. I hope it works for you as well as it has for us! Thanks. Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Daily Self Assessment for Physical Education |+ Related Arts|

Daily Self Assessment for Physical Education |+ Related Arts|

This is an easy way to get assessment in each day. It increases communication between teacher and student and helps set expectations and hold students accountable. I really love how it provides a time each day for students to do some self reflection and take responsibility for their performance in class. I am a PE Teacher - but this system can easily be used for any subject. Hope it works for you! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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15 Awesome Station Activities for PE Class  |Printable Station Signs|

15 Awesome Station Activities for PE Class |Printable Station Signs|

Included in this download are 15 of my favorite station activities for a variety day where you have students practicing multiple skills at different stations. The product is pretty simple. Just print off the signs and put them up in your teaching space. Explain the stations to the kids and have a good time. I use all of these activity stations in my class regularly (especially with K-1st) Hope it's helpful! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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Fire and Ice: A Fun Tag Game with a Throwing Element |Great for PE Class|

Fire and Ice: A Fun Tag Game with a Throwing Element |Great for PE Class|

This awesome tag game has 3 levels of play that will increase difficulty and strategic thinking for your students. You can modify and only play Level 1 with your younger students and add levels as you see fit with your older students. I use this game with all 3 levels with my 3rd – 5th graders and modify by only playing level 1 with my k-1st. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you need anything. For more ideas and resources check out my blog at www.thePEspecialist.com. Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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An Easy and Fun PE Game: Noodle Dance Tag

An Easy and Fun PE Game: Noodle Dance Tag

Everyone needs a couple of games in their back pocket that don’t take long to explain and they can play with kids quickly if they have little time at the end of a lesson or as a warm up at the beginning. For me one of those games is Noodle Dance Tag. It’s a classic freeze tag game except instead of being frozen you dance in place and do a fist pump. It's simple and great for all ages. Please watch the video and download the lesson plan or activity guide below. Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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The Good Sportsmanship Code Poster

The Good Sportsmanship Code Poster

This is a poster that I use at my school called the Good Sportsmanship Code. This is a statement/pledge that I have printed on the wall and anytime a class has trouble using good sportsmanship during a game, we immediately stop the gameplay and bring everyone over to the poster and recite the code together. More info and a video example linked in the download. Thanks! Have Fun and Teach On! Ben Blogger, resource creator and community builder at ThePEspecialist.com
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