When referring to our school’s adapted Personal, Social, and Physical Education scope and sequence, one of the strands for kids in grades one and two is to reflect on the interaction of body systems during exercise. This strand fits perfectly within this unit and to me highlights what is worth knowing.
- A) Through a whole class review, the students had to identify the 3 body systems we have been learning about in PE during the last several weeks. Once each system was identified, a student would come up to the chart paper and do an illustration of that system in the space provided. All 3 systems were identified and drawn before moving on to part B of lesson.
C) Three levels of exercise were discussed with the class; 1-light, 2-moderate, and 3-hard exercise. Knowing the difference between these levels was important to understand.
E) The students then had to try and exercise at each of the levels of intensity using any of the following equipment; hula hoops, bean bags, skipping ropes, basketballs, soccer balls, or just their own bodies. When I started the music, the students went off and began creating exercises. When the music stopped, we would gather in front of the class rubric and check off which level of intensity they exercised at. We then repeated the process, but they had to create a new exercise as well as exercise at a different level of intensity. See semi-completed class rubric below.
- Ensure the students knew the three systems we were working on; Circulatory, Respiratory, and Muscular
- Know the difference between light, medium, and hard exercise
- Be able to describe how the systems felt at each level of exercise
- Understand that all three systems work together in unison (for example, if the students chose to do a high intensity exercise, they had to know that all three systems would be working hard, not just one system or two systems). It was easy to see those students that did not understand this concept (Connection) thus allowing me to work with them individually or in small groups to ensure that they understood.