Elementary Students (K – 4)
Elementary students will start each class with cardio activities this January. I like to remind the students that only bears hibernate in the winter, we humans need to keep that blood flowing and our heart pumping which typically means some type of tag and running game. January’s unit is an introduction to volleyball. Students will use smaller/softer rubber playground balls and work on tossing and catching, progress to tossing and bumping and the older students will move onto tossing, bumping, and setting. The younger students focus on throwing and catching the ball over the smaller nets while the older students play one of my favorite ball games – Nukom and simple volleyball games. I always remind students that gym is a time to try a new sport or get better at a sport you enjoy. These introductions give students a taste of a sport and help them decide if it’s something they may want to play in the future.
Intermediate & Junior High Students
The wind may be whipping around the snow outside but the students inside will be whipping the birdie back and forth across the net this January. Badminton is my favorite net sport as it involves agility, game analysis, stamina, and great hand/eye coordination. Students start by learning the flick serve and the high serve and general volley skills. Additional skills are introduced as students begin to master the basic skills such as the clear, drive, smash, and drop shots along with footwork drills and game strategy. Students will compete in doubles games and the unit ends with the traditional – Ms. Wenzel vs. students game challenge.