Saturday, February 28, 2015

What's the Name of the Game?

Creating a Warm-Up Game to Prepare the Body for Physical Activity

Oi Gente!

As we get ready to begin our next activity unit, making sure our bodies are prepared for physical activity is important to reduce the risk of injury. According to Andrew Clark, Vice President of Education at Twist Conditioning Inc., a dynamic warm-up teaches and reinforces movement skills and mechanics to help the athlete produce and absorb force in an effective manner.

I wonder, when creating your warm-up game for PE, does your game do the following?
  • Increase heart rate
  • Increase core body temperature
  • Fire up the nervous system so messages from brain to muscle transmit quickly and efficiently (agility, reaction time)
  • Prepare the body to handle quick decelerating movement
  • Increase muscle length (flexibility)
  • Activate your core muscles
  • Include multidirectional movement common to the activity about to be played

Making Connections

I wonder, how could you connect your warm-up game to our current PE unit, but also to the physical fitness components? In addition, what type, or combination of, activity will your game include?

Physical Fitness Components
  • Muscular Endurance - Ability sustain or repeat series of muscular contractions without tiring
  • Muscular Strength - Ability to carry out work against a resistance
  • Power - Ability to produce explosive force
  • Speed - Ability to move the body rapidly
  • Agility - Ability to quickly change body position
  • Flexibility - Range of motion of body parts (important for execution of techniques in sports)
  • Balance and Coordination - Ability to stay in control of body movement
  • Cardiovascular Endurance (aerobic fitness) - Ability to sustain physical activity continuously

Type of Activity - descriptions for each type of activity can found in Activity Units
  • Invasion
  • Net and Wall 
  • Strike and Field 
  • Target 

Also, keep in mind the following enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on fitness: 

Enduring Understanding
  • People’s decisions and actions affect their level of fitness, and in turn, impacts their health

Essential Questions
  • What is fitness?
  • How can you maintain physical activity for lifelong health?
  • What is our responsibility regarding our fitness and health?


The following resources provide useful information to help guide you in this process. Remember, you are not limited to the sources listed below. 

Also, in what ways could you vary or modify the activities to better accommodate our class? Be innovative and creative!

The warm-up game outline is shared in our folder for PE. Please use this document to help organize your ideas. This document will be handed in to me the day you present.

Example of Warm-Up Game Outline

Self and Peer-Assessments

Your self and peer-assessments will fall under Lifelong Skills: Safety. These rubrics are shared in our folder for PE. Please use the assessment descriptors to help guide your thinking.

Example of Assessment Rubric

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Flag Football... Fast, Fierce and Attitude

Grade 8: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Flag Football... 

Oi Grade 8!

Take a look at the following videos. How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our invasion unit on flag football?

IFAF 2012 Men's Flag Football World Championship

Reflex Football League Highlights

AAU Women's Flag Football National Championship

2014 Flag Football Fundamental Coaching Drills

Enduring Understanding
  • Flag football develops the skills and attitudes to be successful both on and off the playing field

Essential Questions
  • What is flag football?
  • What movement skills and concepts practiced in invasion activities transfer into flag football?
  • How is leadership, fair-play, teamwork and communication used in flag football? How could these skills be applied outside of the PE setting?
  • What are the physical fitness components developed in flag football?
  • In what ways does flag football develop physical and health literacy?

Review the Descriptors of Achievement and Grades to help guide your development throughout this unit. Please note assessment rubrics for this unit are shared in our folder for PE.

Personal and Social Behaviour
Lifelong Skills
Motor Skills Development

Some FACTS about Flag Football... (taken from Interesting Facts on Flag Football)
  • This rugby-like game became the forerunner of American football 
  • The first organized flag football game is thought to have been played in the 1930's
  • Flag football became popular on military bases in the 1940's and recreational leagues followed shortly after
  • Players have three downs (or chances) to cross the midfield or score - three extra downs are awarded once the midfield has been crossed
  • The ball changes hands when teams fail to cross the midfield or score

Finishing up our discussion on flag football... What new thinking has taken place at the end of our unit?

I wonder, what new understandings have you gained after your participation in flag football? 

Draw upon our enduring understanding, essential questions, as well as our experiences in PE and/or a flag football-related resource to help guide your thinking.