30 DAYS of THANKS AND PLANKS – November Fitness Challenge

Are you ready to Flourish with Fitness throughout the month of November? If so, then it’s time for 30 DAYS of THANKS and PLANKS

Why plank exercises?

Plank exercises strengthen the core. Core muscles help to support the body and allow us to use our arms and legs strongly and effectively. Strong core muscles form the foundation for good posture, coordination, and balance. All gross and fine motor skills rely on a stable core.

Remember to practice and encourage proper form with your children/students. Now let’s take a look at the challenge.

Part 1 of the challenge:

Choose 1 Timed Plank Exercise and 3 Counted Plank Exercises each day from the list of 10 plank variations below!

SCAN the QR CODE for a demonstration of each exercise.

November Challenge
Video demonstration of each plank variation

TIMED PLANK EXERCISES – Hold for at least 20 seconds. Increase time each day for your personal best.

  • High Plank (on hands)
  • Low Plank (on elbows)

COUNTED PLANK EXERCISES

  • Plank with Shoulder Touch – 10 repetitions each shoulder
  • Up Down Plank –10 repetitions
  • Alternating Arm Raise – 5 repetitions each arm
  • Plank Jacks – 10 repetitions
  • Knee to Outside Elbow Plank – 5 repetitions each leg
  • Alternating Toe Tap Plank – 10 repetitions each side
  • Plank Leg Raise – 10 repetitions each leg
  • Knee Tap Plank (Low plank) – 10 repetitions each knee

 

Thank you Jedd Austin (@jeddaustin) for your incredible videography/editing talent.

Part 2 of the challenge:

Think of something or someone you’re thankful for, and write it on the calendar each day. If you’re thankful for a person, go above and beyond by telling the person or by writing them a note.

Using the linked fitness calendar, write your initials for each day you complete the routine. At the end of the month, add up the total number of days completed, have your parents sign the bottom of the sheet, and return it to your PE teacher. Students completing at least 10 days will receive a certificate and toe token.

For an editable copy of the November Flourish with Fitness Challenge, click 30 DAYS of THANKS and PLANKS.

For a PDF copy of the November Flourish with Fitness Challenge (in case font does not work on the editable version) click 30 DAYS of THANKS and PLANKS pdf.

For an editable copy of the Award Certificate, click 30 Days Certificate.


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6 Laundry Basket Games Your PE Students Will LOVE!

 

Several years ago, my team and I were looking for an inexpensive way to store some of our smaller pieces of equipment. Milk crates worked but were a little smaller than what we needed for our variety of balls, scoops, noodles, pinnies, etc. We discovered laundry baskets were the perfect alternative. They are durable, lightweight, easy to carry and fit well on our shelves. We ordered several of two different sizes; the 1.5-bushel square basket and the longer, more shallow 2-bushel basket.

Over time, we realized that our new receptacles were not only an excellent way to keep our equipment organized, but they worked equally well as a resource for our PE curriculum. Laundry baskets we frequently emptied and utilized in several of our drills and games. In fact, they inspired us to create several new games our students love. Here are a few of their favorites.

1. Race to 3 – The SPORTSMANSHIP Game

I’ve been playing this game for years with coffee cans. However, I learned that it’s much more age-appropriate for my younger students when I used laundry baskets instead of coffee cans.

How to play:

  • Spread out half as many laundry baskets as there are students.
  • Place two, 4-6 inch gator skin balls in each basket.
  • Two students begin at each basket.
  • On the signal to begin, the two students reach across the basket to give each other knuckles, then compete to see who can bounce the ball three times into the basket first.
  • After each round, the pair shakes hands to reinforce good sportsmanship.
  • The winner takes a victory lap around the perimeter. The loser immediately searches for another available player to challenge.

2. Laundry Basketball

I introduce this game to my first-grade students toward the end of our throwing and catching unit. It’s a great way for me to observe proper tossing, throwing, and catching fundamentals, fair play, and sportsmanship.

The video includes a thorough explanation of the set-up and rules.

3. Beachball in a Basket

I played this game for the first time this year with my fifth grade students during our team-building unit.

How to play:

  • Spread out the laundry baskets, each with a beachball.
  • Send 3-4 students to each basket.
  • Students attempt to strike the beachball five times before guiding it into the basket.
  • Each student must touch the ball at least once.

4. Dirty Laundry with Scoops

This game is extremely versatile. I’ve played it as a cooperative throwing game with my 3rd-5th-grade students and as a team-building game with my first-grade students using scoops.

How to play:

  • Set up three zones across the width of your space using cones. Each zone has a point value; zone 1 = 1 point, zone 2 = 2 points, and zone 3 = 3 points.
  • Organize the students in groups of 3-4.
  • One player begins as the scooper. The other two students each hold one handle of the laundry basket. Their job is to work together to catch the ball thrown by the scooper.
  • The team earns points for each successful catch. For example, if a ball is caught in zone 3, they earn 3 points.
  • Rotate scoopers after every three tosses.

5. 6 Pillars of Power

The 6 Pillars of Power has without a doubt become one of our favorite games. It’s nonstop action and excitement is unparalleled. It’s another one of those games where I can stand on the sideline and assess sportsmanship, integrity, and throwing and catching fundamentals.

The video includes a thorough explanation of the set-up and rules.

6. Laundry Jam

Laundry Jam an inexpensive version of the backyard game called Kan Jam. We’ve played this as a flying disc game as well as an overhand and underhand throwing game.

How to play:

  • Set up two laundry baskets 15-30 feet apart depending on the skill level of your students. Place a flying disc in one of the baskets.
  • There are four players divided into teams of two at each set of baskets.
  • Members of the same team stand at opposite goals.
  • One partner throws the disc toward the opposite goal. When necessary, the other partner redirects the disc toward or into the goal.
  • When both partners complete one throw each, the other set of partners then get the disc.
  • The first team to score 11 points wins the round (Real Kan Jam is played to 21 points).

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10 Halloween Games for PE

Each year, around October 15th, my students in 1st-5th grades begin asking for Halloween games in PE.  They love the excitement of dimming the lights, listening to spooky music while playing a variety of games with a Halloween twist. They also appreciate a good storyline attached to each game. It is my hope that you can use a few of our games with your students during one of the most exciting times of the year for kids.

I would like to thank all the PE teachers on social media for sharing your amazing ideas. Some of the following games were influenced by YOUR creativity.

All equipment used in the following games is listed at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

If you are having trouble viewing the videos, click 9 Halloween Games for PE to access a direct link to the Halloween playlist on my Youtube channel.

Witch's Hat Picture

Storyline: Three evil witches are patrolling the forest on Halloween night. They want to prevent all the children of the land from trick-or-treating. The witches cast a spell on the children by turning them into witches’ helpers. The only hope for the kids is for at least one of them to survive being tagged by the witch. This breaks the spell and frees the children of the land.

Witch

Ghosts on the Gravestone Pic

Storyline: Each Halloween, evil spirits in the neighborhood cemetery come to life. They haunt the trick-or-treaters by hovering over gravestones. Two teams of ghostbusters are called to eliminate the ghosts once and for all. Each team wants all the glory by being the one to eliminate the ghosts. Which team will prevail?

Haunted House Pic

Storyline: There’s a haunted house in your neighborhood. You and your friends know that the house has the best Halloween candy in the world! Your mission is to capture all the candy. If successful, you’ll not only have the best candy in the world but will also eliminate the ghosts forever!!!Haunted House Rules

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Storyline: There’s a rumor that zombies are slowly taking over the village. The people of the village don’t trust anyone. They don’t know who is a zombie and who is human. Therefore, they must attempt to eliminate anything and anyone! Can you survive the Night of the Living Zombies?Night of the LZ Rules

3G Pic

Storyline: Ghost, Ghouls, and Goblins annually hold a Halloween dance in the local cemetery. They play their scary music way too loud and their spooky conversations frighten all the local residents. Therefore, The Triple G Busters have been called to “bust” the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. Can the Triple G Busters eliminate them in less than 2 minutes?

 

3G RUles

Catchong Ghosts picStoryline: There are a bunch of friendly ghosts and perfect pumpkins throughout the pumpkin patch. Both are desired by all the children. The ghosts are fun to play with and the pumpkins make the most delicious pumpkin pie! How many can you and your buddy collect?

Catching Ghost and Pumkins Rules

Pumkin patch picStoryline: 2 neighboring pumpkin farms are having their annual Pumpkin Patch Throw Down. Each farm wants pumpkin farm supremacy by picking all the pumpkins off the opposing farm’s vines. Who will win this year’s throw down?

Pumpkin Rules

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Storyline: Three evil witches are patrolling the forest on Halloween night. They want to prevent all the children of the land from trick-or-treating. The witches cast a spell on the children by turning them into zombies. The only hope for the kids is for at least one of them to survive being tagged by the witch. This breaks the spell and frees the children of the land.wzzz

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Storyline: The local kids have had an exhausting night of trick-or-treating. It’s now time to go home. However, it’s past 10:00. This is when the graveyard comes to life with ghosts and zombies. Unfortunately, all roads home lead through the graveyard. Will you and your candy make it home safely?ToT

Ghostly PicStoryline: The silly ghostly pumpkins are once again having a friendly battle in the graveyard. They try to toss gourds at each other in an attempt to knock each other over. A knocked over ghostly pumpkin is transformed into a jack-o-lantern and is placed on a pedestal. Which team of ghostly pumpkins with completely decorate their pedestals first?

Ghostly Rules

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Equipment used in 10 Halloween Games for PE

AEROBIC STEPS

BEAN BAGS

BOWLING PINS

CONES

FOAM ACTIVITY CYLINDERS

GATOR SKIN BALLS

HULA HOOPS

LAUNDRY BASKETS

NOODLES

PINNIES

POLY SPOTS

SCARVES


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