Physical Education

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Educating the “whole child” through play, challenges, adventure, sportsmanship and fitness.

THE LATEST PE NEWS:  February 2019

  • After Chinese New Year we will be back in the gym to work on fitness and net games (paddles, rackets, birdies, balloons, balls and more).


Entering Grade 4-6

Entering Grade 1-3

FREE Roller Skating Program

  • Does your child want to Roller Skate outside of  Physical Education class? Check out this local program where kids can get skate time for free  ($3 if you need to rent skates).  We have two participating rinks in the Twin Cities: St. Louis Park & Woodbury. To find out more click here–>   Kids Skate Free

Developing strong bodies and conscious minds. Growth Mindset Learning in PE class.  Physical Education Growth Mindset

PE Reminder:  Grade K-4 must wear athletic shoes everyday, not just on PE days.

PE Wish list:

  • Used lacrosse sticks.  We could use 4-5 more sticks.  Keep your eyes open when at the discount stores.  You should be able to get them for around $5.

Do you know the benefits of exercise?  Here is a list of some of the benefits: improves muscle strength & endurance, makes you happier, gives you more energy, improves your self-image, increases your learning capacity, counters anxiety and depression, improves your ability to fall asleep, increases immune system resistance, helps you cope with stress…

Latest research shows the connection between exercise and learning. “Exercise can improve learning ‘on three levels’:   First it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention, and motivation; second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information; and third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cell in the hippocampus. -John J. Ratey


Term One PE Units Grades 7-8 2017

Term One PE Units Grades 4-6 2017

Term 2 PE Units




National Physical Education Standards



PE Curriculum Map Middle School 2018-19

PE Curriculum Map Lower School 2018-19


PE Master Schedule 2018


All Physical Education lessons focus not only on the physical benefits but also the emotional, mental and social well-being of our students.

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES: Orienteering, sledding, Prey & Predator, slack-line, compass skills, nature walks, nature exploration and scavenger hunts. Not only are these activities fun but there are many benefits such as:  cooperation, team building, leadership, strategy, survival skills, appreciation of the outdoors, science & math skills, communication, decision making, problem solving and self-esteem.

BRAIN GROWTH ACTIVITIES:  Activities that spark the brain. Making neuron connections, creating new cells and speeding up the interaction between cells (we are taking advantage of the elastic plasticity of the wonderful youth brain). Activities include: reaction drills, coordination drills, juggling, agility ladder, speed stacking, jump rope tricks, eye-hand skills and the learning of a new skill.

CHINESE NEW YEAR GAMES: CNY practice is going on in the gym so we head out to play in the snow.  In honor of the Chinese New Year we play winter games and activities.  Grades 4-8 play tournament style games of snow hockey, snow soccer and snow team handball.  Grade 3  practices Kung Fu.  Grade KG-2 go on a scavenger hunt for a good luck CNY coin, play snow tag games and explore the wonders of winter all while learning about Chinese Zodiac animals.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING:  This is a wonderful winter unit.  This fitness and  “Lifetime Activity” has many benefits such as: total body workout, cardiovascular endurance, muscle endurance, strength, coordination, balance and self-confidence.  We rent our skis from the Minnesota Youth Ski League MYSL

FITNESS:  We incorporate fitness into each lesson.  We encourage our students to value fitness and personal wellness by teaching goal setting, encouraging outside of class practice, understanding individual differences and always doing your best. Here is a sample of fitness activities: four minutes of movement, jogging, jumping rope, tag, core exercises (curl-ups, push ups, plank…), dynamic exercises, interval training, Popsicle Run and more.  We are using the Fitnessgram to track individual fitness scores for students in Grades 4-8.  Fitness Tests: back saver TIPS FOR SUCCESS           FLEX ARM HANG      CURL UP FORM 2018       PUSH UP FORM          MODIFIED PUSH UP    There are four fitness zones starting with Active, Healthy, Fitness & Athletic. We would like all of our students to be in the healthy zone or above. Boys Fitness Chart  Girls Fitness Chart

INDIVIDUAL SKILLS/SPORTS:  We provide a variety of experiences for our students to develop individual skills such as: throwing, catching, kicking, striking, tossing, rolling, hitting, dodging, strength, speed, agility, balance, coordination, goal setting and self awareness.  Our individual sports include: badminton, track & field, bowling, tennis, disc golf, table tennis, jump rope and recreational games.

**PARKOUR/FREE RUNNING (**NEW): The activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. Parkour is French for route or course. History: a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Some of the benefits are: full body workout, promotes quick thinking skills, fosters creativity, boosts confidence, skill related fitness, builds core strength, cardiovascular strength and it promotes children to encourage one another.

POPSICLE RUN: The Popsicle Run is not a race. It is a process of learning. This is an event for the whole school and the Yinghua community.  The Popsicle Run is .5-2 miles long depending on your grade.  The focus of the run is to practice; learn how to train; how to be prepared (4-6 weeks prior, a week out, the day before, the morning of…); goal setting; doing your best; importance of nutrition and sleep; and to encourage others.

RECREATIONAL GAMES: Recreational games provide challenges and adventures for individuals and families. Reduces stress, builds family bonds, develops eye-hand coordination, fun outdoor play, and easy to learn and play with all ages.  Breathing fresh air in a natural, serene environment also helps many people to relax and reduce stress and anxiety. Our recreational games include: disc golf, kan-jam, bocce, croquet, bag toss, washer toss, ladder golf, kubb, *bulls-i-bucket, *rollors, smashball and frisbee throw. *new

ROLLER SKATING: This skating unit is being implemented because of its emphasis as a “Lifetime Activity.”  Skating provides a variety of benefits: balance, coordination, motor skills and strength.  Students will also learn basic skating skills such as starting, stopping, forward skating, backward skating, cornering, and a number of safety tips for being a smart skater. We rent roller skates from Skatetime.

TEAM SPORTS: We play a variety of sports such as: basketball, floor hockey, net games, soccer, team handball, ultimate, tchoukball (new), volleyball and wiffle ball.  The emphasis of team sports is skills, understanding, teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship and participation.

TRAVERSE CLIMBING WALL (BOULDERING):  Climbers advance across a wall horizontally. No ropes needed.  *NEW: Ninja Warrior course using the wall, pull-up bars and monkey bars.  A challenging activity for all grades and all abilities.  Fitness benefits: balance, coordination, flexibility, increased muscle strength, improved motor planning, increase body awareness. Social and emotional benefits:  increased self-knowledge, self-confidence and self-esteem; enhances patience, perseverance, courage, trust, will power and self-control;  challenging, positive risk taking, stress management, awareness of others and leadership.

WHEELS WEEK:  **New Toys being purchased through PE fundraiser (Ezyroller drift  and Razor riprider).   During this fun week students learn about pedestrian safety, bike safety and safety equipment.  We explore movement on wheels by using: scooters, bikes, in-line skates, rip-sticks and skate boards. The benefits are numerous such as: balance, coordination, self-awareness, strength, flexibility, helping others, recreational activity and safety. Emphasis is placed on try, learn and teach others.

 Field Day June 7, 2019

Field Day June 7 2019

Field Day 2018

Field Day 2018 map FINAL

K through 4th Water Game Ideas

2018 Field Day Assignments

Summer Adventure Camp June 18-22: brought to you by Yinghua PE instructors Erin Thune and Sarah Totall.

PE Department: Ross HydeErin ThuneSarah Totall

Some of Our Favorite Activities: Wheels Week & Ninja Warrior.