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From the Gym to Recess!

By
Ann Paulls-Neal,   Wherry Elementary School
Play:
NFL FLAG-In-Schools — Get in the Game!
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
From the Gym to Recess!
I had applied for a FLAG Kit at my previous school, but moved before getting to use it. This year, I was very excited to receive a kit and the curriculum at my new school. We had started working on small sided games and football skills in September when we thought the kit was going to arrive. We continued on with related games (Speedball, Ultimate Frisbee). The kids were so excited when the kit finally arrived in December! We immediately went back to football skills and small sided games. After the first day using the equipment in class, students wanted to take it out for their lunch recess! They were so excited to keep playing that they kept their flags on when they left PE and spent another 15 minutes in their classroom before going out. It was exactly what I was hoping; that we could give them skills and concepts to play a team game on their own!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We want to keep the equipment available to our 4th and 5th graders to check out and use at recess. We have a couple of great turf areas and simplified some rules to prevent arguing when we (the PE teachers) are not around. We can also revisit skills and lead-up games as part of our warm-ups in class to keep the skills and concepts fresh.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The kids did a great job of being able to include all their teammates (as long as we keep numbers down). The kids were so excited, it was easy for the adults to keep them on task and engaged. One rule we put in, was that the quarterback has to switch back and forth between boys/girls. This seemed to help get everyone involved.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

There were fewer problems reported by the duty teachers as kids were exposed to Flag Football, as well as the other lead- up games we did (ultimate football, ultimate frisbee, and speedball). The kids being able to manage the games and rules helped out the duty teachers who generally don't know the rules for games. I think that this is something that will continue in the second semester.