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P.E. and Fitness Ideas with Hoops and Cones

Posted 8 months ago - by Michael Beringer

Are you in need of new physical education activities using equipment staples like cones and hoops? Look no further than these fun and simple ideas!

Fitness Fun with Cones

1. Flip It Fitness  – On the signal have your students pair up next to a pair up cones. Each student tries to flip his/her cone until it lands on its base! The first successful student gives his/her partner a high five and say “good game”. The winning student then jogs around the play area to a find a new challenger. They do this by looking for a student who is doing jumping jacks. These are the individuals who were unsuccessful during the challenge. Check out Justin Cahill's example

2. Flip It Relays – Separate your class into relay groups of any size. On the signal, see which group can win the relay by flipping a series of cones that are spread out down the gymnasium. Have the students take turns flipping the cones. If successful, they move on to the next cone. If not, the group does an assigned exercise one time together as a team before the next person in the group gives it a try. The activity keeps going until one group wins the relay race. Check out Ken Smith's variation of the Cone Flipping Game (Kevin Tiller). 

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3. Flip It with Skill Development – Same as Flip It Fitness & Flip It Relay except all the students dribble a basketball while playing the game. Check out Mike Morris' variation on the Cone Flip Race (Kevin Tiller).

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Fitness Fun with Hoops

1. Fitness Timer – Hand a hoop to each student as he/she enters the gymnasium. You can either have students come up with their own exercise or you can write some on a whiteboard and/or use a projector with a list of exercises they can choose from. The students then pick any exercise they want to do and spin their hoop. They perform the exercise until the hoop completely stops spinning. Keep going until the music stops. Check out this example video! (Justin Cahill)

2. Partner Fitness Timer – Same as Fitness Timer, but now it’s done in pairs. One student picks the exercise, while the other student spins the hoop. The action continues until the music stops. See the Partner Fitness Timer in action! (Justin Cahill)

3. Toss It Fitness – Take a hoop and tape it with six different colors of floor tape. Then create an exercise master sheet that has an exercise for each color. Have the students toss the hoop up in the air and catch it. Whatever color the student catches have them match the color with the exercise on the exercise master sheet. See example here. (Teri Elliott)

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More Hoop Ideas

1. Pop the Bubbles – Divide your class into partner relay lines. In front of each relay line, place a set of four hoops with a poly spot in a row. On the signal, have your students take turns underhand throwing and/or rolling a bean bag into the first bubble (hoop w/ poly spot). If it lands in the bubble (hoop) then bring the hoop back and continue until all the hoops are collected. See photo examples here. (Jillian Scharlach)

2. Fitness Pyramid – Create a Pyramid with hoops. Starting with 5 then 4, 3, 2, and 1. Then place a pair of dice in each hoop. Create 5 relay lines with your class. On the signal, the first 2 students in each line go to the first line and take turns rolling the dice. The greater number moves up and the lower number runs a lap and then gets back into one of the relay lines. You can have them add, subtract, multiply, and use greater than or less than. Check out this example video! (Ms. Isler)

3. Number Battle – Create two teams. Each team has 3, 4, or 5 hoops with written number words in each hoop. Have numbers 1-10 in each hoop. On the signal, all the students on each team run to the other team’s hoop where the written numbers are and takes one to bring back to their hoops on the other side. On the way back they must find a poly spot (with numbers 1-10 written on them) that matches their number on the card and step on it before they can place it in their hoops. The team with the most numbered words at the end wins. You determine the length of time the game is played. Video Example (Mike Morris)

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PE Resources – The Books You Can't Live Without

Posted 1 year ago - by Michael Beringer


When I first started teaching Physical Education over 17 years ago, the only way to find new ideas, games, and activities for lesson planning was through collaboration with colleagues or purchasing books through P.E. equipment catalogs. I remember spending hours combing through various P.E. books looking for things I could use to teach K4 through 8th grade Physical Education.

In the process, I wasted a lot of time and money on books that weren’t worth it. The internet was just beginning, so the ability to search for quality resources was very limited. However, in today’s world the internet has changed everything. The way we search, research, and collaborate to find useful material has made books seem of little use. We can find information at anytime and from any place in the world. We can use desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones to gather information whenever we want instantly. However, books, of course, can still be very useful.

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Throughout my career, I have purchased numerous Physical Education books that have changed the way I teach today. Of course, I had to live and learn and waste money and time figuring out what was and wasn’t quality material. That is why I decided to create and share with all of you what I feel are the top quality Physical Education book resources that you should spend your hard earned money on!  These books are completely worth your time and money. I guarantee that you won’t regret adding these useful resources to your PE repertoire.  

1. Make It! Take It! by The Great Activity Publishing Company

A great resource for instant integration ASAPs. Just copy and use! 

2. Great Activity Magazine by The Great Activity Publishing Company

For just a few dollars a year receive this great PE Activity magazine subscription delivered to your door with activities for PE professionals from all over the country.

3. Physical Education Outside the Boxby Bud & Sue Turner

Here is another great resource for instant activities, as well as, skill related activities. What makes this a must in your PE tool box is every activity uses very little equipment, simple instructions, and minimal set-up time.

4. No Standing Around in my Gym by J.D. Hughes

This is a must have ready-to-use resource for teaching large classes! It is packed with 6 units, 70, games, 15 hints, and 39 special game variations.

  

5. No We Are Not Playing Dodgeball by Mike Bohannon

This book is a resource for fun, easy-to-use activities for promoting integration and fitness for all students. The book provides awesome warm-up, integration, and station ideas that get kids moving.

6. PE2theMax by J.D. Hughes

Another must have book for large classes! 

7. Spark byJohn J. Ratey, MD

A must have book for Physical Education Advocacy. Make sure to have your administrator read the first chapter!

8. SHAPE America Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education by SHAPE America

A must have resource that includes the National PE standards and outcomes that guide your instruction! This it non-negotiable!

9. No Gym? No Problem!- Physical Activities for Tight Spaces by Charmain Sutherland

This doesn’t need explaining. It is a lifesaver for every P.E. Specialist!

10. Journey Toward the Caring Classroom by Laurie S. Frank

This is a great resource for covering NASPE Standard 4 while building community in your classroom. I highly recommend!

 

11. Instant Activities Volume 1: Dice Games by Kevin Tiller

The title says it all! Easy to use with printable ready-to-use activities with math integration. Need I say more? 

12. The Great Games Handbook by Kevin Tiller

Recommended for skill based activities. This resource uses creativity to keep kids active and engaged. 

13. The First Six Minutes! by Hal Cramer

Here is another fantastic must have for getting your students active from the start. If you want to increase your students MVPA then get it now!

 

14. Phys. Ed. Fun & Fitness by Kevin Tiller

This book includes “Warm-up activities”, “Skill Builders”, and “QR Codes in P.E.”. The awesome part is that it includes reproducibles making it easy to implement. Love that!!

Check out other great PE reads here and don't forget to share your favorites below!

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Voxer: Instant PE Professional Development & Collaboration

Posted 1 year ago - by Michael Beringer

What is Voxer? 

Well simply put, it’s a walkie talkie app that lets you talk to anyone, anytime. All you need is the app, which can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android devices. 

The app allows you to use voice, text, and photos in a group message. What’s great about this professional tool is that you can instantly communicate with Physical Education professionals from all over the world. Of course, there are upgrades that cost money, but the free subscription should get you what you need.  If you choose to upgrade, Voxer Pro is $3.99 a month or $29.00 a year and adds extras like larger group chats, share from Dropbox, increased storage, Walkie Talkie mode (instantly receive messages even when you’re not in the app) and downloading messages to your desktop or laptop.

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Learn more about Voxer on their Facebook or Twitter
 

Get started with Voxer in PE:

  1. Download the App and create a free account
    • Watch Jo Bailey’s (@LovePhyEd) YouTube Tutorial, #Physed Voxer Guide. She explains how to download the app and what you need to get started with this awesome professional development collaboration tool.
       
  2. Join PE Voxer groups
    • Find a list of great PE-related Voxer chats below or check out Mike Graham's (@pe4everykid) full list in the Google Doc, Physical Education Voxer Chat Groups
    • To join a group, just contact the administrator of the group on Voxer and let them know you’d like to be added. 
       

My Recommended PE Voxer Groups:

  • Adapted PE – Admin: mikegraham (Mike Graham)
  • Elementary PE Group – Admin: hbaert896 (Helena Baert)
  • Explain Everything – Admin: endli613 (Nick Endlich)
  • Field Day Chat – Admin: dcarne681 (Dave Carney)
  • Fitness Testing Chat – Admin: snelso9384 (Samantha Nelson)
  • Health Chat – Admin: jwamsl224 (Jenny Wamsley)
  • PE Technology Chat – Admin: bassett1976 (Matthew Bassett)
  • PE Large Group Classes – Admin: bpiril593 (Ben Pirillo)

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10 PE Professional Development Websites

Posted 1 year ago - by Michael Beringer

Professional development doesn't have to only be at the beginning of the year, or during staff meetings, or before or after school. 

In today's world of the Internet, Professional Development can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It can occur whenever you need it! 

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Let's say you're lesson planning and you need a new Five Levels of Fitness instant activity, or a new movement ativity to fit a certain skill you're teaching, or maybe you're looking for a new assessment tool, all you have to do is use the Internet!

The best part is, you don't have to spend countless hours looking for good quality resources, because I've done it for you. 

 

10 PE Websites for Professional Development

1. PE Universe

2. ThePhysicalEducator.com by Joey Feith and Mike Cicchillitti

3. Phys. Ed. Review by Kevin Tiller

4. PhysEd Games

5. Gopher PE Blog

6. TeachPhysEd by Coach Pirillo

7. Movement Matters by Michael Beringer

8. Bart Jones (YouTube)

9. Benjamin Pirillo (YouTube)

10. PE Links 4 U

 

Some of websites above offer free resources, while others do require you purchase the items. Of course, I prefer the free materials, however, if you don't mind spending a few dollars for something you really like, go for it!

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Why Should You Use Plickers in PE?

Posted 2 years ago - by Michael Beringer

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all of our students had their own electronic device? 

If these devices aren’t available in your school then Plickers is definitely for you!

What are Plickers?

Plickers stands for “paper clickers.” They are 40 pre-made cards that let teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.

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Students are given or assigned a card to hold up to answer questions given by the teacher to check for understanding.

All the teacher has to do is scan the room with any IOS or Android device. Results are given instantly as to which students understand and which do not.  

The results can be shown for each individual student or you can have it show the overall percentage for the class.  

Get the pre-made Plickers cards for free! Or you can purchase a laminated set on Amazon for $20!

The Benefits of Plickers:

  • Easy to use
  • IOS- and Android-friendly (phone or tablet)
  • Totally free 
  • Infuses technology into your program
  • Quick and paper-less
  • Grades instantly – No grading at home
  • Allows you to plan questions ahead of time or on the fly
  • Great tool for pre-assessments, checks for understanding, polls, class surveys, and exit tickets
  • Free! (Print your free set)

 

Resources:

Check out the following tutorials for setting up and using Plickers!

  1. YouTube Plickers Tutorial by TeachPhysEd (Benjamin Pirillo)
  2. Plickers Blog Post by TeachPhysEd (Benjamin Pirillo)
  3. Plickers Blog Post by Phys. Ed. Review (Kevin Tiller)
  4. Plicker Questions Blog Post by Phys. Ed. Review (Kevin Tiller)

Check out my website, PE-4-Kids --- Movement Matters

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Looking for P.E. Professional Development? Try Twitter!

Posted 2 years ago - by Michael Beringer

Looking for new professional development opportunities? What about a new activity or game idea? Maybe a place to connect with other Physical Education Teachers? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time for you to check out Twitter! Learn how to join the P.E. Community on Twitter in 3 easy steps below.

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If you're anything like me, you're skeptical. You're probably thinking, "How can Twitter help me get new ideas on lesson planning, assessments, integration, classroom management, etc.?" Well, it certainly can! Twitter has a huge online Physical Education community. The internet allows us to collaborate with other P.E. Specialists like never before. We can now find fellow educators not just in our district, state, and nation, but globally with the use of social media, specifically Twitter.

As you probably know, finding professional development for the Physical Education professional can be difficult. When I first started teaching Physical Education over 16 years ago, all I had was books, district colleagues, and local workshops. Today the internet has made it easier than ever to improve your teaching. However, YOU have to want to improve your craft! 

 

3 Steps for Joining the P.E. Twitter Community:

  1.   Watch or read a short Twitter tutorial for getting started and creating an account. Check out these great tutorials!

  2. Connect with these awesome P.E. Twitter Professionals!


    Don't forget these guys too!

    • @GopherSport

    • ​​@physed_Pomeroy

    • @JoeyFeith

    • @bdovore7

    • @GHSaysRockChalk

    • @@pk_lv2teachpe

    • @JohnJonesPE

    • @LovephyEd

  3. Start tweeting!! See you on Twitter at @PEberingmx!

 

Visit my website, PE-4-Kids--- Movement Matters! 

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