We are wrapping up our nutrition unit and did the activity called Food Bus, where the students have to go shop for all 5 food groups and add them correctly to their My Plate. Here are some pictures!
We had a great year of giving for PE CARES!!! GT elementary students and their families donated 3,987 items to Love Inc. in Hudsonville. Thank you all for supporting this very worthwhile cause. Mr. Kooikers class collected the most and will be given a PE CARES bowling t-shirt and taking a field trip to Hudsonville Lanes in the near future 🙂 Way to go!!!
What a GREAT night for the Turkey Trot!!!! The weather was beautiful and we had over 1000 students there with their families running the race. Thank you SO much to ALL our volunteers and sponsors! What a great way for the community to all come together and support our kids 🙂 Here are a few pictures :
Feelin’ good mileage club is in full swing at GT. This program is sponsored by 5/3 Bank in honor of the River Bank Run. The program is designed to motivate kids to get moving at recess time. Each child gets a mileage maker card and a baggie to hold their “sticks”. (see photos)
At lunch recess on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays students can run around the track (running or walking) to earn sticks. Every time they complete a lap, they receive a popsicle stick. They are trying to earn sticks to turn in for miles marked on their mileage marker card, so 4 sticks = 1 mile. When they come to P.E. class, they bring their baggies and sticks. They will turn in sticks, multiples of 4 in exchange for miles marked off on their mileage club cards and even earn some prizes. One of the first prizes they earn is a free entry to race in the junior river bank race on May 11. (see photo). Some other prizes include a shoe lace, toe tokens and a chain.
The goal is to reach 20 miles on their cards. If they do, they earn an extra recess and a popsicle party on a nice sunny day!!!
We have started out hockey/pillo-polo unit. 3rd-5th play hockey and 1st-2nd play pillo-polo. Each class is divide into four teams and each team has to come up with a team name. The emphasis on this unit is learning to play with your teammates. There is no I in the word team. So what does it look like to be a good team member, good sport, and how do we compromise? We talk about learning to pass to our teammates and moving without the ball. We have a goalie, defenders, offensive players and 2nd-5th play with a rover. Ask your child/children about each position and see if they know what each position does.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and may you have a blessed New Year!!
For the month of November our curriculum is focused on Nutrition. Today we talked about the five food groups and how we need to eat healthy. The students used their strong muscles in their arms to pull themselves to food island and then they used teamwork to make sure that they had food from all 5 of the food groups. Here are some pictures!!