Basketball is in the air!!! This week we are starting a unit in basketball. Students will learn how to dribble, pass, shoot as well as the rules of the game of basketball. Being that this is my favorite sport I always look forward to teaching this unit and helping kids learn the skills necessary to play basketball throughout their life. Everywhere you go there's a basketball hoop and it's nice to have the skills to join in and play the game...at all ages. It's been a beautiful week in Oregon which I absolutely love as a Physical Education teacher because students are able to participate in outside activities. We started the week playing soccer and capture the flag and we are ending the week with ultimate frisbee. Some of you are wondering..What's Ultimate Frisbee? Well it's a fabulous cooperative game that you can do pretty much anywhere and all you need is a frisbee.
Here are the Ultimate Frisbee Ten Simple Rules:
1. The Field..A rectangular shape with endzones at each end. A regulation field is 70 yards by 40 yards, with endzones 25 yards deep.
2. Initiate play: Each point begins with both teams lining up on the front of their respective endzone line. The defense throws ("pulls") the disc to the offense. A regulation game has seven players per team.
3. Scoring: Each time the offense completes a pass in the defense's endzone, the offense scores a point. Play is initiated after each score.
4. Movement of the Disc: The disc may be advanced in any direction by completing a pass to a teammate. Players may not run with the disc. The person with the disc ("Thrower") has ten seconds to throw the disc. The defender guarding the thrower ("The Marker") counts out the stall count.
5. Change of possession: When a pass in not completed (out of bounds, drop, block, interception), the defense immediately take possession of the disc and becomes the offense.
6. Substitutions: Players not in the game may replace players in the game after a score and during an injury timeout.
7. Non-contact: No physical contact is allowed between players. Picks and screens are also prohibited. A foul occurs when contact is made.
8. Fouls: When a player initiates contact on another player a foul occurs. When a foul disrupts possession, the play resumes as if the possession was retained. If the player committing the foul disagrees with the foul call, the play is redone.
9. Self-refereeing: Players are responsible for their own foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes.
10. Spirit of the Game: Ultimate stresses sportsmanship and fair play. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play.
This week we are starting our soccer unit. Yesterday we reviewed the following skills: dribbling, passing and throw-ins. Today we discussed goal and corner kicks and we played mini-soccer games. Students are doing a great job incorporating the soccer skills they have learned into the soccer games. Overall we have had great participation in all the games as well as positive attitudes. I am hoping the weather is nice so we can continue to play our soccer games outside. I hope everyone has had a great start to the school year in my class. I am really enjoying all my classes as my students have come to class with great attitudes and high energy. Everyone has done a fantastic job getting involved in all of the activities so far. This Friday we will be putting students into soccer teams in preparation for our soccer unit next week. It looks like the weather is suppose to be nice next week so hopefully we will be able to get outside, enjoy the sun and work on our soccer skills. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Cates We are off to a great start in 8th grade Physical Education!!! A couple reminders to all 8th grade students: 1. Please remember to bring your P.E. clothes to school each week. P.E. clothes need to be different than the clothes that you wear to school. 2. I would like you to take your P.E. clothes home every 3-4 days to be washed. (I prefer NOT to have any science projects going on in the locker rooms.) 3. Please remember to have appropriate shoes. We will be going outside the next couple of weeks and sometimes your shoes and socks will get wet..so you might want to bring an extra pair of socks to wear the rest of the day. 4. Always bring a great attitude!!! I look forward to having an awesome year! The first several days have been fantastic! Ackerman Middle School is offering an abstinence program for 8th grade students called "FACTS" and an abstinence drama called "Promises" which are both designed by Northwest Family Services. All of the materials and sessions are free and are part of a project funded in part by the Federal Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs. The FACTS classes provide students with the support and skills to help them to practice teen sexual abstinence. Research indicates that students are more frequently abstinent when they have support from their parents and peers and when they have a sense of their own goals. Components of the program are self-respect, friendship, dating, peer pressure, refusal skills, character development and sexuality.
The 8th grade Promises Assembly is being held in the main gym at Ackerman on February 19th at 10:00a.m. Promises is a 40 minute youth drama production which presents the benefits of sexual abstinence for teens in an upbeat positive manner. These young people sensitively portray the dangers faced by sexually active teens, such as emotional consequnces, teen pregnancy, STIS (sexually transmitted infections) and HIV/AIDS. Positive modeling of effective ways for teens to manage sexual pressure is included as well as examples of healthy relationships.
We've had a great trimester of Health so far. Right now we are in the middle of growth and development. Last Friday, January 30th, we tarted the male reproductive system. We continued with the male reproductive system on Monday February 2nd and are starting the female reproductive system today. Tomorrow we will attend the Gold Ball tournament which Ackerman is hosting. On Thursday we will continue with the female reproductive system. The following are topics that we will be going over the next couple of weeks: Reproduction and pregnancy, fetal development, birth control, STD's and HIV/AIDS.
The Promises Assembly is being held in the main gym at Ackerman on February 19th at 10:00a.m. Promises is a 40 minute youth drama production which presents the benefits of sexual abstinence for teens in an upbeat positive manner. These young people sensitively portray the dangers faced by sexually active teens, such as emotional consequnces, teen pregnancy, STIS (sexually transmitted infections) and HIV/AIDS. Positive modeling of effective ways for teens to manage sexual pressure is included as well as examples of healthy relationships.
Badminton is the name of the game!!! Currently we are in a badminton unit in Physical Education here at Ackerman Middle School. Students have done a great job learning all the different parts of the game including how to hold the racket, different shots to use, strategy and how to keep score. I have been very impressed with their improvement as well as their positive attitudes during games. We play doubles games and students have a variety of partners throughout the week. I have been very happy with the respect that students are giving each other during class. Everyone understands that each student is valuable and important. We will continue with badminton next week. Great job Ackerman students. Next up....it's always a surprise!!! Go Ducks. The civil war game is coming, please feel free to wear green and yellow to school.:) We have had a great start to the school year in Physical Education. Over the summer a new sound system was installed in the main gym and it is used almost daily. Middle school students love music and it definitely adds to the flavor of the class. We have started out with several different cooperative games including Martians and mushrooms, Pacman, Battleship, Dung Beetle Battle, Survivor as well as some team sports such as LaCrosse and Soccer. I have been very impressed with the level of participation of my students. Everyone seems to come with a great attitude and a willingness to learn new activities. Getting fit, eating right and creating healthy habits are very important for everyone and especially our young teens. We will continue to have a lot of fun in P.E. and get fit along the way.
Monday November 26th - Thursday November 29th
* An exciting week of moving to music in our fun unit of Tae Bo.
Friday November 30th
* Super Battleship (Kid's choice-last day of the trimester)
Coming Next Week:
* Tuesday November 4th is the start of Trimester 2.
* All students will receive Physical Education each week for the rest of the year.
* All students will dress down.
* All students will need a lock for their P.E. locker.
We have had a great first trimester of Health and Physical Education. I look for to being able to have all the students at Ackerman Middle School in Physical Education.
Have a great weekend. GO DUCKS!!!!!
Brooke M. Cates