Imeh Akpan has been teaching in the New York City Public School System for seventeen years. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia. He received his second Master's Degree from the City University of New York, Lehman College Campus in School Counseling. Imeh is currently certified by the National Association for Sports and Physical Education as a Physical Best Instructor. He has taught K-4th grades over the years as a classroom teacher as well as a cluster teacher of Everyday Math, social studies, and character education, respectively.
Students were asked to draw a picture of themselves playing their best game or sport, perform the exercises before the class in the school gym, and explain the rules of safety.
After completing this lesson, students will be able to describe the benefits of safety during an exercise, game, or play.
Identify ways in which students can prevent injury when they exercise or play.
Students used the Internet to research different types of games, exercises and sports and their rules for safety. They researched using Fitness Magazine articles and Internet resources to find "What Exercise Can Do For You?"
Assess and evaluate the students by asking them to list the things they can possibly do to prevent injury during an exercise. The students were also observed by using the teacher made questioniare, peer evaluation, and practical performances. Questionaire used in the evaluation process included the following:
a. List at least five benefits of safety.
b. Why is safety an important rule to remember during exercise?
c. Explain why Warming Up, and Cooling Down before and after an exercise is important?
d.Why do you have to assess the environment before doing any exercise?
I strongly recommend that the students demonstrate how to play each game or do a particular exercise safely without any injury. Feel free to modify exercises or games based on the students' age and abilities.
Student Work Samples
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