Friday, May 22, 2020

PE Activities - Week 10

I know that everyone is juggling a lot of different things at home, so if you can't get outside, I totally get it!  If you do have the chance to get out, please do!!  This nice weather is SO incredibly important to us at our house.  We are trying to remain positive no matter what the day looks like, but you can almost FEEL the positive energy coming from the sun and warm temperatures.  I just saw temps in the 80's for the upcoming week, HORRAY!!!

I will continue to add a variety of links, some that can be done outside, and some indoor activities.  

Warm Up:

1) Create Your Own!

A few times during the school year, we will do a "Follow the Leader" warm-up.
Students have the opportunity to enter the middle circle and do any school appropriate
movement with everyone else following along. Everyone is in a circle formation, spaced
out with enough room to exercise. I give students about 15 seconds to lead the class and
then we switch. It's really fun to see students lead the group, using their own creative
ideas. This can be done at home as well, inside or outside. You could have everyone
take multiple turns, using a bunch of different movements. I have seen some really
awesome moves with this one! A lot of times we have students create their own
dance moves, it's a riot!

2) YMCA - Superhero Workout 

This is a quick five minute video from the YMCA, with a cool superhero theme.  The perfect length for a warm-up!


1) Create Your Own Obstacle Course

This can be an indoor or outdoor activity.  You can gather anything that ypu have at home, and make our own course.  For our family, we have a ton of sticks, dog bones, plastic containers outside that we can use.  If we are inside, blankets and stuffed animals will do the trick!  Using a timer, each participant can be timed in completing the course, creating a high score.  

2) Darebee - Shape Shifter

Weekly Darebee suggestion - These workout posters can be completed inside or outside.  This is one that all of our students can try, and modify based on age/ability.  

3) PE Bowman - Video Game 2

I know that there are many kids out there that enjoy video games.  I was all about my Nintendo and Sega back in the day.  A PE teacher created an active youtube video game that students can participate in.  I posted level 1 a while back, this is level 2, my kids love it!

4) Group HIIT Workout

This is a good full body workout for kids.  It has a variety of exercises and is 17 minutes in length.  

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you are looking for more ideas!

Take Care,

Mr. O

Friday, May 15, 2020

PE Activities - Week 9

Dear Families,

I hope that everyone is doing well.  We are very excited to announce that Friday, June 12th will be DREAM Day for all Wayland elementary schools.  There will be no academic responsibilities on this day, and students will be encouraged to Drop Everything And Move!  Activity ideas will be provided to all families, and everyone could pick and choose what they participate in.  We understand that there are a variety of things going on at each household, making it difficult to complete all activities that you would like.  Using the weekend days would be great as well.  Students will be asked to send in pictures of themselves participating, so we can put together a fun slideshow!  More information will be provided as we get closer.  

In the meantime, here are some things we can have students try out this week:

Warm Up:

1) PE Bowman - Stuffed Animal Workout    

This is a cute warm-up geared towards our younger friends. It has students use one of
their favorite stuffed animals. I think that I would give it a try with K/1st.

2) Justice League Themed Workout

Students of all ages can do this one, but it has some more challenging exercises, so the older students might be more into it!


1) P.E. With Joe - TheBodyCoachTV

Joe has been putting out a new workout for kids every day.  They are really well done, and are all around 30 minutes.  He mixes things up with a variety of movements, and is really motivating. Here is a link to one of his workouts that we liked, but you can't go wrong with any of them!  Feel free to check out his page for different ideas.

2) Darebee - Sprinter Workout    

Weekly Darebee suggestion - I like this one a lot, great cardio with different levels of challenges.  I post a suggestion from them every week, but feel free to explore their site, they have so many great workout posters.

3) YGym #1 - YMCA

This has a nice variety of exercises.  It's labeled for students aged 5-9, but I went through the whole thing and find that it's age appropriate for anyone.  If you find that the instructor is going  slower than you, that's fine, you can go as hard as you want! We have done the majority of these exercises in PE class, so they should be very familiar with them.

4) Moe Jones Workout

Moe is a fitness instructor that I have been following for years, he publishes some nice ideas and has some of his own personal workouts as well.  This is one that we have tried and enjoy, I like ones that are a little bit longer in length. 

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you are looking for more ideas!

Take Care,

Mr. O

Friday, May 8, 2020

PE Activities - Week 8

Dear Families,

Last weekend I was pumped about the upcoming weather.  This weekend has me a little less excited... temperatures in the 40's and the chance of snow accumulating is definitely not what we are looking for in May.  If you're in Wayland or Boston, I doubt you will get much snow, but here in Worcester, we will probably get six inches.  If so, maybe we can have one final snowball fight!

** Update to that prediction: I was totally wrong, thank goodness!  We saw a few flurries, but that was it!  

To stay active here, we have been doing a lot of walks and hikes around the neighborhood.  It's really nice to get outside, even if it's 15 minutes to chase the dogs and look for worms!  If we are stuck inside, we test out all of the links that I post.  The kids really like being able to help me find the best resources!

Here are some things that we enjoyed, and are options to work on this week:

Warm Up:

1) Prime Coaching Sport

Here is a great seven minute warm-up posted by a PE teacher that I have borrowed ideas
from in the past. Great length for a warm-up and a nice variety of movements.

2) PhysEdDepot - Scavenger Hunt Fitness 

I like this one because it has students use different things that they might have at home.  It also has some questions for the students between movements that are light and fun.  


1) Shape America Fitness Chart

Shape America has put together a nice chart of exercise suggestions.  There are some on here that I haven't tried with students in class before.  It could be nice to introduce some new options.  Hopefully everyone in the family could join in in trying these!

2) Creating Activity Game Boards

My kids came up with an activity idea based on a traditional board game.  I really like this idea because it allows students to be super creative and pick things that they really like to do.  Check out the link for details!

3) At Home Family Fun - Mrs. Fraser

Mrs. Fraser put together a fun list of creative play ideas.  These ideas work really well because they can be played anywhere!

4) Darebee - Mayhem Workout

Our weekly suggestion from the Darebee site, this one is great for the younger students.  Many students will want to make this more challenging for themselves.  This has a 20-count for the plank, many will want to create a higher goal.

They also have a section on their site where students cant print out their own fitness dice.  Students could use this, or get even more creative and create their own custom dice.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you are looking for more ideas!

Take Care,

Mr. O

Friday, May 1, 2020

PE Activities - Week 7

Dear Families,

I hope that you are all doing well.  This weekend weather forecast has me very optimistic!  I can't wait until we are have a stretch of beautiful weather.  Being able to get outside and play in the fresh air is really therapeutic for us.  Even if your space is limited, if you can get out at all, please try and find time!  If the weather is dreary, I hope that you can use some of my links to help you through the day.

Here are some things that we can have students work on this week:

Warm Up:

1) PE Bowman - Backpack Workout

My kids have been using their backpacks to store all of their academic work at home.
They are still using their classroom folders, I think that it helps them stay connected with
school. This video is a workout using school backpacks, I am going to introduce it to my
kids this week!

2) Little Sports - Wake Up Exercises

This one is a little bit longer, and it's animated.  It has a nice mix of exercises that 
is good for students of any age.


1) YMCA - Rope Drills

This focuses on footwork and is a nice cardio workout.  There are two levels, students can start with beginner and some will want to move on to advanced:

Beginner -
Advanced -

2) Homemade Scoops

At Loker and Happy Hollow, we are very fortunate to have a lot of equipment to use in our activities.  When I first started teaching, I was at a lot of schools that had no equipment.  I got creative in making things for students to play with.  If you're looking for some extra equipment, here is a post I created about making your own scoops!  

3) Darebee - Plank Workout

We plank a lot in PE!  If students are missing me asking them to plank, here is a good alternative from Darbee.

4) Rock Paper Scissors Workout

Students have had a lot of RPS practice this year in PE class!  I consider myself a pretty good referee, but with 20+ students, I can't catch everything.  When there is a close call, we encourage students to talk things out, and avoid any arguing.  Usually, they don't want to waste time, and want to get back into the action.  A simple rock-paper-scissors best of one helps solve things.  This workout has students using their RPS skills.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you are looking for more ideas!

Take Care,

Mr. O

Monday, April 27, 2020

PE Activities - Week 6

Dear Families,

I hope that everyone had a nice April Vacation!  Our kids are in the Worcester Public School District, and they decided to get rid of vacation and work right through.  While we kept the lesson plans going, we still made sure to set aside plenty of time for fun! 

Like everyone else, I was super disappointed to hear the news of school closing for the rest of the school year.  I will be making appearances in classroom meetings at both schools while updating activity ideas.  I am looking forward to seeing students as I am able to pop into meetings, it's been too long!  I would love to see any pictures or videos of students being active at home!!  If you have a chance, please feel free to send something:

Here are some things that we can have students work on this week:

Warm Up:

1) PE Bowman - Video Game Warmup

A PE teacher created a really cool video game themed workout for kids. At five minutes
in length, it's a nice little warm up with a different twist!

2) Pump it Up - Fresh Start Fitness

This is one that students may have seen on GoNoodle.  Another one that is quick and good to start off with.  

3) HealthWorks! Youth Fitness 101

Another good warm up option with a variety of exercises to get you going!


1) YMCA - Yoga With Corri

A lot of the resources that I have been posting along with most of what I have seen is high energy workout related.  I am going to start posting some alternatives, starting with this great YOGA resource produced by the YMCA:

2) Team Building Challenge - Cross the Ocean Challenge

This is an activity that we run with the students at both Loker and Happy Hollow.  We change the rules based on the grade level, but modifications could be made to fit any age level!  We ran this with our kids at home, all we needed was paper plates.  At school, we use this to work on our teamwork and communication.  This tends to be very popular, and I had planned to do it again before the end of the school year.  I wrote out the directions on my wife's blog:

3) Darebee - Hermit Workout

I absolutely love the variety of workouts this site produces!

4) Super Deck Fitness Game

Shape America released an idea for students to create their own deck of cards.  After directions on creating their own deck, it lists a variety of games that can be played with them.   This way, students can pick and choose the games that they like.  I think it's a great resource:

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you are looking for more ideas!

Take Care,

Mr. O

Friday, April 10, 2020

PE Activities - Week 5

Dear Families,
Social distancing has been difficult for everyone, but one thing that I love seeing are people out in our neighborhood.  I think it's really important to get out of the house and get some fresh air.  Going for a walk, hike, or a run is great exercise but I think is also important for our mental health.  I absolutely love the extra time that I get to spend with my family, but getting out of the house is really important to me.  On those rainy days, we tend to stay inside more, but do our best to keep active!

Here are some things that we can have students work on this week:

Warm Up:

1) The Body Coach - 5 Minute Move

Joe, the fitness trainer that produces kids workouts on this channel, has some
great resources

2) Kidz Bop - Thunder Strength Warmup

The Kidz Bop channel has a lot of songs to dance along with, with a variety of styles


1) Wall Ball!

We took our kids to a building down the street, and I taught them the version of wall ball that I played when I was in elementary school.  Students don't have the opportunity to play at school, so it would be great to play at home.  I credit all of the hours of playing wall ball to being a good defender in baseball.  Even if I didn't have a group of friends available, I would practice by myself.  Here is the link that I posted to my wife's blog:

2) Kids HITT Workout - 30 minutes

If you're looking for a longer workout, check this one out.  It is more of a challenge, great cardio, you'll work up a sweat with this!

3) Darebee - Can't Touch This Workout

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you are looking for more ideas!

Take Care,

Mr. O

Friday, April 3, 2020

PE Activities - Week 4

Dear Families,

I hope that you're all doing well!  We are staying positive here, trying to have as much fun as possible while making sure we work on our academics.  A couple of things that have really helped us remain focused:

1. We gave our children the responsibility of teaching lessons to the rest of the family.  Grace has taught us some great sign language classes.  Caleb is a numbers guy and usually picks Yahtzee as his teaching activity.  I think that giving them this responsibility makes them feel really proud of themselves when they have control of the activity.  

2. Theme days!  Our kids are really enjoying having a specific theme for the day.  They wanted our family to brainstorm on ideas and plan them out for each week.  This past week we had:
- Sports Day, Crazy Hair Day, Prom Night, Favorite Color Day, and Dress Like A Character Day

Our kids get REALLY into it, friends and family have joined in the fun as well.  We have people sending us their own pictures, a great way to keep connected.  

To stay active, we have spent a lot of time in our yard when the weather is nice.  We have a hiking trail across the street from us that leads to a railroad, always fun to explore!  I also just purchased laser tag for the family, which has been a blast!  When we are inside, hide and seek has been really popular.  We also enjoy participating in the workout videos that I review for our Wayland students.  

Here are some things that we can have students work on this week:
Warm Up:

1) Would You Rather #3 Roblox Fitness:

2) Warm up and Cool Down exercises from Surface Fitness:


1) Keep it Up!

This is a game that our family has been playing for a long time, and I bet a lot of you have tried it as well.  Sometimes when I am spending all of my time researching new games and activities I forget the ones that are the most simple!  I just blogged about it on my wonderful wife's OT blog:

2) Bottle Flip Chaos

The bottle flip was really popular a few years back.  I am not sure how many kids still do it, but we added a cone flip relay to Field Day and the students seem to really enjoy it.  This activity adds fitness and bottle flipping together!  This video has the challenge set at one minute, I am giving my kids two minutes!

3) Darebee - Extra Mile - New workout just posted today.  All of their workout posters have different levels for a variety of abilities.  It can all be modified!

4) Box Jumps - I think that our students would have fun challenging themselves using different surfaces at home.  I love this one because students can get creative in what they use for their jumps.  In box jump training you work all of your leg muscles and strengthen your core using your own body weight.  Box jumps also boost endurance and improve your cardiovascular health!  

These videos come from the YMCA:

Beginner -
Advanced -

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you are looking for more ideas!

Take Care,

Mr. O

Thursday, March 26, 2020

PE Activities - Week 3

Dear Families,

My family and I are working hard to test out some new games and try out all of the resources that I have uncovered during my planning.  Luckily, we have found some more awesome links to activities that will keep the students active!  I will continue to post the ones that we have enjoyed along with games that we try here at our house. 

Warm Up:

1) Would You Rather #2 Roblox Fitness - These videos continue to be a huge hit for my children. 
I asked them why they pick these as their favorite, and they both say that having the ability to choose between exercises makes them really happy!

2) Just Dance - Waka Waka This Time For Africa - Dance videos are really popular here in the O'Connor house, especially ones that include more than one dancer.  This is a four person dance, but the amount of people participating doesn't matter.  You can just pick to follow along with the moves of one character! 


1) Bottle Knockdown - This is one that I would REALLY love for you to try at home! My wonderful wife is an Occupational Therapist and has her own blog.  Since we are in full home school mode, we are constantly lesson planning and scheduling out our days to provide the kids with as much structure as we can.  I have started to contribute to her blog, and just posted this game idea.  I hope you give this game a try!! If you do, feel free to document and let me know:

2) Fitness Challenge - During one of our fitness units, students in grades 3-5 are provided with a worksheet to try out.  We have stop watches available, you can use any kind of timer at that you might have at home.  The younger students can do these activities as well, and like anything, modifications can be made!  If students are motivated, they can record their results and set goals!

Fitness Task
1.   Jump Rope or Windmills
(1 Minute Max)

2.   Push Ups (Max)

3.   Squats
        (1 Minute Max)

4.   Burpees
(2 Minute Max)

5.   Butterfly Sit Up

6.   Jumping Jacks
        (2 Minute Max)

    7. Lunges
        (1 Minute Max)


3) Darebee - Home Workout - We love these, no equipment needed!!

PE Activities - Week 10

I know that everyone is juggling a lot of different things at home, so if you can't get outside, I totally get it!  If you do have the c...