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Pedestrian Safety
Name: Imeh Akpan
School: P.S.35x
Address: 261East 163rd Street
City: Bronx, NY, 10452
Original Project: Pedestrian Safety
Author: Jill Williams
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/ps171/safety/New_Folder/index.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: 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.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  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.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: 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?" Websites: Glenor online Health, "What Exercise Can Do For You" http:www.glencoe.com/sec/health/teachres/lessonplans/mlexercise.shtml "The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports," www.fitness.gov.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: 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 (5) 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?

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: 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.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: 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.

Samples of Student Projects

  The student drew herself and a partner jumping Double Dutch. The student explained how to jump rope, and how to avoid any injury to oneself or anybody else.
  p1 jump rope.doc
  The student drew herself playing basketball with a friend sitting at a distance watching her bounce the ball.
  The student drew a picture to show how jumping jacks should be done safely.,This drawing shows how one should do "body building" or "weight lifting" keeping in mind all rules of safety.
  p2 basketball.doc
  p3 jumping jacks.doc
  p4 body building.doc


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