My students need a dozen soccer balls, one dozen 18 inch cones, 24 pinnies and 3 mesh bags in order to play a unit of soccer.
Soccer in rural Iowa? Soccer isn't just for the metro areas anymore. Small towns are starting up soccer leagues for elementary students. I wanted to start with the basics and build a soccer unit this year. But I found only 2 soccer balls and 7 multiple size pennies, and a few cones .
I teach Pre-K through 5th grade P.E.
I have 211 students. Students are bused to the elementary building, which really does sit in the middle of corn and soy bean fields. This next year our two school districts, that are currently whole grade sharing, will combine to make one district. I am working on building pride in our building and in my P.E. program. I want the students to feel that they are helping to create a P.E. program they too can be proud of.
A teaching goal I have is to teach students games and rules they can take out with them to recess and after school. I want to give them as many options as possible to keep them active at recess, P.E. class, and at home to physical move safely.
By adding a dozen intermediate soccer balls, students can pair up and work on soccer skills. The pennies and cones will be used in games on the field and in the gym throughout the year.
Working as a team builds character. When everyone knows the rules and skills to play, the fun can only be magnified!
At the elementary age, sharing and taking turns is a hard concept to learn.
So the more equipment I have, the more they get to practice. Standing in line for their turn creates problems and waste practice time. Pennies are needed so they can visually see the other team.
Soccer is great physical sport. I teach all levels of the game. The youngest students learn lead up games. The great thing about it that they don't realize how much exercise they are really doing because they are having fun!
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