Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September: Ophea 50 Fitness Activities 1-7

SEPTEMBER: OPHEA 50 Fitness Activities # 1-7

Ophea 50 Fitness Activities #1-7
Teaching the Primary Students these moves as we have H&PE classes on the stage and they are great to refer to for fitness Breaks!  Wonderful for the classroom as well for DPA and Brain Breaks!

Be a True Sport: Character Education and Living Skills

Elementary Student Success Teacher at HWDSB, Dave Weir, has supported our movement forward with True Sport Character Building at Lawfield Elementary School (Hamilton, Ontario: K-8-current student population of approximately 730 students).

We are connecting HPE Living Skills with our schools character building attributes, along with the True Sport "Principles for Sport" and "Principles for Communities".  

Our students are building a language that supports Personal and Interpersonal growth as well as developing a reflective practices within our H&PE classroom!  


Ways we are connecting:

True Sport Website

Twitter:  @beatruesport

Web Page: Be a True Sport!

Primary: Student Generated Success Criteria for Getting Active and "Going For It"
Junior: Student Generated Success Criteria for Getting Active and "Going For It"

Intermediate: Student Generated Success Criteria for Getting Active, Monitoring  Self, and Setting Goals to "Go For It"

Monday, September 17, 2012

Movement Competence-Self/Peer Evaluation Poster

Movement Competence Evaluation Chart-Self/Peer Eval
1. Decide what your learning goal focus is for the lesson(s).  Have students help generate the success criteria according to the learning goal selected.
2.  Write success criteria with dry erase marker (laminated poster paper) into the white middle area of the poster.
3. At the end of the lesson(s) have students monitor and give you, the teacher, feedback if the students feel they 'got it' or 'are still working on it' according to the success criteria listed.
4. Each student receives a square with Velcro and attaches it to poster Velcro for quick, instant feedback.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Assessment Target

Assessment Pyramid
Self-Evaluation using Learning goal and success criteria.  Students will come up with additional success criteria to support the learning goal.

Sunday, September 9, 2012 Video

YouThrive is a practical resource that was developed in a partnership involving Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario), Ontario Lung Association (OLA) and Ophea. It is for leaders in communities and schools across Ontario who work with youth aged 12 to 19. It is designed for people who want to create communities in which young people can thrive and develop capacity to realize their own abilities, make a contribution to society and learn how to take control of their own lives. It shows how using a health promotion approach supports positive mental health and prevents risk-taking behaviour among young people.

Purple People Eater DPA Dance!

Noodle Discs and Ophea 50 Fitness Activities

POOL NOODLES are not just a swimming toy!  They can be used in a variety of ways.  CIRA has a resource called "Oodles of Noodles".   (see picture below). 

I combined the noodles with the 50 Fitness Activities (which I developed through my board HWDSB, as a special assignment teacher for Daily Physical Activity...then helped edit, modify the 50 Fitness Activities with Ophea).  

***Ophea 50 Fitness Activity Cards  are core on the spot fitness activities that can be incorporated into any existing activity or DPA program, or used on their own.  The cards can be purchased at the link above.

·         Pool Noodles
·         Hand Saw
·         Plastic Grocery Store bags (or other) to place 50 noodle discs into)
·         Permanent Marker (preferably black)

1.     POOL NOODLES: Purchase 4 different coloured pool noodles (total number of noodles to purchase is approximately = 1 noodle per teacher).  Example colours: Pink, Purple, Yellow, Green).

2.     CUT NOODLES INTO DISCS: Using a saw, cut pool noodles into discs – approximately 3 to 4 cm width or 1 inch.  Each pool noodle can yield approximately 60 noodle discs.

3.     AMOUNT: 50 disc pieces per bag (12 pink, 12 purple, 12 yellow, 12 green, PLUS 2 from any bag).

4.     NUMBER DISCS 1 TO 50:  Use permanent marker (sharpies work best) to write the numbers 1 to 50 onto the noodle disc pieces. 
I took mailing labels and created fitness activities (included a picture of the fitness activity for primary students).
a.     You can then use the “50 Fitness Activities ON-THE-SPOT Chart”. 
b.    Reminder: Underline the 6 and 9
c.     Hint:  Make your ‘ones’ look lie a ‘typed’ one = 1.

5.     ALPHABET:  On the opposite side of the disc, use permanent marker to write individual alphabet letters. Underline each letter.  Start by using one whole colour at a time.  For example,
·       12 Pink discs = A – L
·         13 Purple discs = M – X, YZ (YZ on same disc)
·         12 Yellow = A – L
·         13 Green discs = M – X, YZ (YZ on same disc)
NOW you have two sets of the alphabet (Pink-Purple Set & Yellow-Green Set)

a.     50 Fitness Activities Chart
b.    A-B-C Fitness / 1-2-3 Fitness
c.     Hot Potato
d.    Noodle over, Noodle Under
e.     Coloured Action Dice
f.     Active Robin’s Nest (uses 50 Fitness Activities Chart)
g.    Noodle Scoop

7.     ALTERNATIVE TO NOODLE DISCS:  50 of the following - Easter Eggs, Styrofoam Balls, Tennis Balls etc.

Sample Activity Idea #1:
Noodle discs – Main Activity
mini hot potato
SUGGESTED LOCATION: Classroom, Gymnasium
·         Noodle Discs (yellow, purple, green, pink) – One disc per student
·         Chart Paper with Activities listed beside each ‘colour’
·         CD Player and music
·         Safety Sweep!
1.     Handout one noodle disc per student.
2.     Demonstrate and/or review each activity listed beside each coloured Noodle Disc:
3.     Have students move about the space (i.e., skip, hop, scissor hop, high knees, etc.).  As they move about the space, instruct students to exchange their noodle discs while the music is playing.  They should exchange with other students who have a different colour and do so every 3 to 5 seconds.
4.     When the music stops, students should perform the activity that matches the colour noodle in their hand at that time. 
5.     Students should continue to perform the designated activity until the music starts up again.
6.     Each time students start to move about the space, change up the locomotion pattern.

1.     Allow students to fill in their choice of activities beside each colour of noodle.
Cindy Merritt, HWDSB

Friday, September 7, 2012

Assessment Anchor Charts


If your school board subscribes to Ophea H&PE Curriculum Resources: Grades 1-8! and click on grade 1, 2, 3then you can go to Assessment, you will find this resource. has many more ideas and supports as well! (SEE PICTURE BELOW)


I cut up small pieces of thick card-stalk (individual assessment square) and placed velcro dots (from the dollar store in the sewing section or you can cut up strips of velcro) on the back (fuzzy) and then place the rough part of the velcro onto the actual target (see below).  I placed the loose pieces into a zip-lock bag and attached it to the laminated anchor chart.

- Junior / Intermediate Assessment Target 
-Provided a learning goal at start of class. 
- Students help generate success criteria that is related to the learning goal.
- Self-assessment: students place an 'assessment square" where they think they should be on the target (level 1, level 2, level 3 level 4)
- Kinesthetic learner physically places level onto the chart

- Laminate a large piece of yellow card stalk, cut into squares, and have students write their name on their square.  Teacher can record self-eval results.


Anchor Chart for Playing F.A.I.R.

I use this chart a the beginning of the year with my JK/SK and primary students, along with the S.T.A.R.S. poster to help reinforce some of the simple routines, living skills and learning goals we are trying to reinforce.  

Running Buddy Topic Cards!

Getting-to-know-you topic/sentence starters WHILE JOGGING!

Here's an idea to get your students thinking about how hard they are working using the talk test.  Junior/Intermediate students can monitor their intensity by using the "Talk Test" and moving around a designated space using a Running Buddy Topic card to help generate a conversation.

Cards as motivators!
-  Partner Task: Partners motivate, encourage their partner as they jog
- Task becomes an interpersonal activity where they can socialize with a friend and get to know someones thoughts and ideas in response to an interesting prompt on their Running Buddy Topic Card
- Makes jogging a little more exciting!

Running Buddy Topic Card
1. Ice Cream Flavours
2. Dream