Topic outline

  • General

    Coach Granite

    Elementary Physical Education

    Havard Elementary


    • Topic 1

      Students and Parents:

      Before exercising make sure there is a safe space for you to work in, outside with no sticks nor ant beds nearby or inside with the furniture and precious items out of the way. I ask that parents supervise the activity or reserve a time foe your child to use that space.

      For the batting activity (3rd through 5th graders) we are not recommending using a baseball bat and baseball. Instead, we are substituting a composition book or a binder for the bat and a wadded paper ball  for the baseball.

      Safety and Social Distancing: It is safer to stay at home than to go to the parks. If you leave the house, make sure that a family member (an adult) is with you. Do not touch playground equipment (the virus). Do not pass a ball back and forth between you and your friends (touching can spread the virus). This makes it more difficult to stay active.Finally, you should stay at least 6 feet away from people you meet at the park or in the street (social distancing) to minimize the spread of the virus. 

      Parents, thank you for taking an interest in your child's education and safety.

      • Classes

        Third through Fifth Grades

        (1) Exercises:

        Neck tilts (count by 5s, from 5 to 50), Shoulder Rolls , Airplane rolls, Ankle rolls, Lunges (from 4 to 80) (adaptation: tap toes with the rnd of a stick, plastic bat, wooden bat, broom etc.), Jumping Jacks (spell Magnet), Squat thrusts (adaptation: hold out a bat at shoulder height, then knees, then toes, repeat), Check pulse for 6 seconds, then multiply by 10, Push-ups (adaptation: hold out then bring in bat at shoulder level)l, Sit-ups (adaptation: lay down, hold out bat beyond head, over head, then knees, repeat), Sit and reach (right, left, center) (adaptation: reach with bat to toes), Back-scratches, Heel stretches (adaptation: touch heels with bat , tap for each count).

        Exercise Options: Make a selection from the links listed:

        Old Town Road Tabata Workout: 

        Fortnite Tabata Workout #2: 

        Interstellar Workout: 

        Crossing the Midline-Would You Rather (Choices):

        Star Wars Light Saber Tabata Workout (make sure you have room around your body): 

        (2) Cardio/Aerobics: (a) Watch a music video (school appropriate please). Either copy the moves from the video or make up your own  moves. Do two videos. Go Noodle is a recommended site.

                                         (b) Or run around a set of bases in your yard counterclockwise. The bases can be a tree, a paper plate, a large stone, etc. Do this four times.

        (3) Activities:

                             Toss and Catch: with a partner or against a wall practice throwing the ball from 20 feet away. Establish eye contact before throwing by calling out the                           name with their hands in front. Throw 5xs to chest, 5xs above head, and 5xs for grounders (rolling or bouncing). 

        Materials: wadded up paper ball or an old sock tucked into another sock (tail ball), four bases (outside only) can be a tree, the driveway, a stone, etc.

        (a) Throwing cues: step-point-throw, bring ball up to the ear, if throw with right hand then step with left foot; 

        (b) Establishing Eye Contact: If the partner is not ready (eyes looking elsewhere or hands not in front, then "call out their name.")

        (c) Catching cues: use the "no glove" hand to close the glove. If no glove is used then use the diamond catch, the sandwich or alligator catch, and the scoop

        (d) Glove Fitting: (optional) The throwing hand does not wear the glove.


                              Batting:  Do not use a ball for the batting. Do not use a baseball bat for hitting.

                                              Use a wadded up paper(s) instead. Instead of a bat use a composition book or a binder to hit the wadded paper(s). You can also use a old     pair of socks with one sock stuffed into the other. Try to aim for a particular place such as a chair or table (be sure to clear away breakables) or if outside then a tree or over a bush. Challenge: How many times in a row can you hit the paper/sock ball at that spot?

                       Cues: Stand sideways (shoulders line up to the thrower, favorite hand away from thrower, swing flat across (not down), the "home plate" is in front of the toes

        • Classes

          Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

          Warmup: airplane rolls, toy soldier, crossovers, pencil/sharp pencil, plank position, bicycle (go somewhere in your imagination) pizza time

            Here are some suggested workout videos:

          (1)  (Black Panther Workout)

          (2) (Thor Workout)

          (3) (Harry Potter Enchanted Spells Workout)

          (4) (Harry Potter Hogwarts Workout)

          (5) (Star Wars: Jedi Workout)

          (6) (Yoga for Kids with Sophia Khan)

          Aerobics/Cardio: Practice a couple of music videos by copying the moves or by making up your own moves. Go Noodle is  good site to use. 

          Movement Exploration Activity 1: Get a tennis ball or a playground ball. Practice tossing it up and catching it. Try doing that in different ways: clapping before catching it, letting it bounce up the catching the ball, turning around then catching it, etc.; you can also try this while bouncing the ball: singing, saying your favorite color, etc.

          Movement Exploration Activity 2: Draw a circle that is 3 feet across with chalk or a rope. Use a hand towel or a scarf for this activity. Use the hand towel to (a) make a bird fly, a fish swim,  leaf fall, a snake crawl, etc.; (b) write your name, a favorite color; (c)  draw a shape like a square, a triangle, a circle, etc.; ( d) wear a neck tie, a veil, a bracelet, a wristwatch, a mask, a necklace, etc. Think about a story that includes what you are doing with with the towel and the ball, an adventure would be a good way to describe this.

          Movement Exploration Activity 3: Animal Walks: Using the circle, practice your animal walks across the circle: seal walk, elephant walk, giraffe walk, camel walk, alligator walk, mule kick, coffee grinder, puppy run, etc.Think about how your choice fits into the story you're making.

          Composing/Sequencing: Practice your three movements: with the ball, with the hand towel/scarf, and with the animal walk. Do them in the order you want. Think of a story to tell about your movements: For example, "My scarf is a tie . I am the President and am about to give a speech to the country."

          Baseball/Kickball Activities

          Materials: wadded up paper ball or old sock tucked into another (ball with a tail); four "bases in a diamond set (a tree, the driveway, a stone, etc.)

          Partner work: practice throwing and catching  from 20 feet away. Throw the ball shoulder level 5xs, waist level 5xs, and rolling/bouncing 5xs. (Note: If no partner then throw at a wall outside)
          Cues for throwing: step-point-throw; throw with right then step with left foot, throw with left then step with right; bring the ball up to ear to prepare;
          Eye contact: partner should be looking at you with hands in front before throwing, if not then "call out their name"
          Cues for catching: close glove with other hand, for low ball: leg behind glove, fingers point to ground
          Catching: shoulder level-diamond catch; waist high-sandwich or alligator mouth; low-scoop catch

          Batting: Do not use a bat. Do not use a baseball. Instead use a wadded up paper for the ball and a composition book or a binder for the bat. Have a partner toss the paper ball (underhand or overhand) to you and you swing at it with the composition book. Stand sideways with your favorite arm away from the pitcher. Do not do this in a room with breakables!

          • CATCH Program

            Here at Havard we are encouraging all students (and families) to participate in the CATCH Program. There was a presentation on the CATCH program in October. CATCH is a coordinated school health program between schools, families, and communities to work toward creating a healthy school environment. One of the components of CATCH is the Physical Education: CATCH Physical Education is designed to promote the children's enjoyment and participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity during P. E. classes, recess, extra-curricular activities, and recreation time. For May, I am encouraging the children to continue practicing their pushups and situps at home, and to get family members to join them in those activities! Even helpinh with chores around the house will help you maintain some level of fitness.

            Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water! Try to maintain a social distance of six feet between you and people you meet outside your home.

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