Stacey Turkington ~ Mike Stone
The Physical Education program is staffed by two certified P.E. teachers: Mr. Stone and Mrs. Turkington. Each class meets once a week for forty minutes in a spacious, well equipped gymnasium. Classes which meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays are generally doubled up with another class and are taught by both teachers. Classes which meet on Mondays or Thursdays have the gym to themselves and are taught by Mr. Stone. Adaptive Physical Education is offered to special needs students on Mondays and Thursdays by Mrs. Turkington.
We teach a variety of units each year such as: fitness, locomotor skills, throwing and catching, jumping and landing basketball, soccer, raquet skills and cooperative learning. Our curriculum is aligned with the Maine Learning Results and at each grade level students are expected to meet certain benchmarks of performance. Each unit is designed to help students develop physical fitness, motor skills, and responsible social behaviors. During our fitness unit, for example, we do a lesson called, Shopping at the Lift and Carry Store." The students are put in groups, each with a shopping list, and they must collect each of the items on the list. Students are taught to lift correctly and work on developing muscular strength by carrying a heavy basket. Third graders are taught the components of fitness (aerobic endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition) and the types of activities which develop each component.
We also do a lesson called, "Fitness Monopoly." The gym is set up like a giant Monopoly board and the students are the pieces that move from one spot to another. At each spot they do a specific exercise. At the end of class we talk about which exercises were good for flexibility, and which were good for strength, etc.
When teaching skills, we make sure the students get time to practice the skill correctly, then give them a chance to apply the skill in a fun game situation. For example, in our throwing unit we do a lesson called, "Oscar's Garbage Can." We put a few folding mats on edge and hitch them together in a circle to form a "garbage can." We put some student volunteers inside to be the "Oscars". The rest of the class throws soft, foam balls into the "garbage can," while the "Oscars" throw the balls back out. Everyone has a great time and gets plenty of practice using the throwing skills they previously learned.
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404 Gray Road, Windham, ME 04062
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