This week in PE

We started 2023 with Basketball ! It has been an active and fun time while learning about the history of Basketball  too! Canadian PE teacher James Naismith invented the game of Basketball way back in 1891 when he was charged to invent a game that would keep energetic young men active as they were attending the YMCA in Spring Field MA.  Did you know that he used a soccer ball and two peach baskets for that first game on 21st December 1891? Did you know that a ladder had to be brought out by the janitor to retrieve the ball that got stuck in the basketball once a shot was made? Did you know that Naismith received his medical degree in Denver in 1898? He then went to the University of Kansas, later becoming the Kansas Jayhawks' athletic director and coachSince then the equipment has involved with the first ring and net invented in 1906 and the ball and rules modified since to what we know today.  You can read more about Naismith here.

The mascot of the Basketball unit is Garfield and he has joined PE lessons to support the teaching and learning of basketball. Why Garfield? Because when he is all rolled up, his orange and black coat resembles the colors found on a basketball! Especially K-2 have loved having Garfield come to class, and greet him as they enter the gym. 

We have explored working on learning grade appropriate K-5 basketball skills, drills  and games. Additionally the children were introduced to Skillastics, an innovative curriculum developed by Sandy "Spin" Slade  that helps children develop their confidence in Basketball by playing an active "board game"  : children work in teams to practice basketball skills and tricks. Grades 2-5 have loved playing Skillastics and seeing Sandy perform her amazing wizadry with a basketball(s).

Grades 3-5 also watched a short video reporting a sports science experiment on the "HANG SHOT " in basketball. Isaac Newton's law of gravity was put to the test here