Helping students to connect prior knowledge to the opening of a unit that they have already done in the past in PE assists in getting them in tune and ready to go. For any of you that have been on my blog before, you know that I am a huge fan of including clip art on any visuals that I create with my students in class, especially the younger ones. Doing so reinforces the understanding of new and existing vocabulary related to the PE unit and serves as an excellent visual stimulus for our ESL students. Any posters that we create together remain up for the entire unit and are used to inititiate discussion whenever there is a need to go back and review.
As a pre-assessment task for my grade 1 students, we looked at the word 'movement' as it relates to the movement composition unit. Most of the students were in my movement composition unit last year and were able to recall many of the things that we had done which set the stage for a good discussion. I recorded their thoughts about 'movement' and, as you can see by the picture, they came up with some very good ideas that were then recorded on the poster.
I would be interested to hear some new ideas about what types of pre-assessment other PE teachers do in their movement composition units. If you would like to share, please let me know and I will post your ideas. Thanks!