What do we know about our body systems?
I began the first couple classes of the year discussing our hearts and how exercise impacts our circulatory systems. The students took part in a number of activities aimed to get them moving at different levels of intensity. We reviewed how to determine our heart rates three different ways (hands on chest and count the beats, find pulse on wrist and count, or find pulse in neck and count). To keep things simple, I am using a quick and easy formula to determine the number of beats per minute (how many beats in 6 seconds and add a zero giving rough number of beats in a minute). I know this is not a perfect formula, but for grade 3 it is perfect and integrates with math (place value).
As the classroom teachers are moving a bit deeper into their unit on Body Systems, my goal this week was to post the following key question, "What do we know about our body systems"? in PE. I had the students do a brisk walk & talk warm up discussing the question with a partner then giving me their answers. I've had two out of my three grade 3 classes answer the question so far. After the students walk & talk, I jotted down their ideas in my journal.
Lots of collaborative planning has gone into this unit to ensure that the classroom teachers and I provide the most well-rounded learning experiences possible when it comes to the Body Systems unit. When fully integrating with the classroom units of inquiry, true collaboration is the key to success. I have a great grade 3 team that I am working with here at NIS (Jesse Douma, Olivia Bratton, and Debbie Mills). I will be blogging in detail about this unit over the next 6 weeks.
I would love to hear experiences that you have with integrating health and body systems in PE. Please comment below to share what has worked for you.