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Cooperative and Non-Elimination Games in Physical Education

Cooperative games in the Physical Education classroom promote positive student interactions and help to build a sense of community and camaraderie amongst peers.  Traditionally, Physical Education has been dominated by elimination games. When we eliminate we often get the weakest students out first, the ones who need the most practice to develop their gross motor skills. This collection includes some of my favorite inclusive games. Let's help all students reach their physical potential.
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Cooperative and Non-Elimination Games in Physical Education
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    I saved the best for last!  This 33 page pdf document has a variety of cooperative games that will keep your students having fun and working together all year long! My favorite activity to play with younger students is Evolution, which can be found on page 2 of this pdf document.  Each game lists the materials, how to instructions and a general overview of how to get the game organized.  Perfect to leave for a supply teacher, as the game instructions are self explanatory.
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    This blog shares TAG and STARS posters that are effective tools to use in your Phys. Ed. classroom to help develop a positive attitude amongst your students, while making them aware of learning goals and success criteria of the day's lesson. The example shared shows you how these strategies were applied to a Cooperative Games lesson.
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    In this non-elimination version of musical chairs students will have to share hula hoop space. Great for use with large groups and also flexible for days when the gym is unavailable and you have limited classroom space.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    The Fall of Dodgeball: Why Schools are Removing Competitive Elimination Games

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    Jenn Fowler says:
    This blog discusses why many schools are choosing to eliminate dodgeball games from their Phys.Ed. programs. Reasons sited include: bullying and quality of activities.  Suggestions to replace them include: skill building, inclusive games and rewards based activities.  Phys.Ed minutes are precious and you need to evaluate if the activities you are selecting are targeting the skills you need your students to develop. Dodgeball although popular shouldn't be the core of your program.
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    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    Environmental Characteristics and Student Physical Activity in PE Class: Findings From Two Large Urb

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    Jenn Fowler says:
    This study explored students moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA) during physical education classes and considered a variety of factors.  Their findings show that non-elimination games offers more moderate to vigorous physical activity because students are constantly moving. Just another reason to add some non-elimination games into your program so you can maximize your Phys.Ed. minutes.
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    Rock, Paper, Scissors is a great way to incorporate a non-elimination element into popular games like dodgeball, etc. Instead of being out students join the other team.  Everyone is constantly moving and active. This resource includes 5 of the most popular Rock, Paper, Scissors games.  Always a fan favorite in my Phys. Ed. classes.