PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Rolling into Spring

Category: Physical Activities

Suggested Grade Level: K-2

Materials: Bulletin board paper, rollerskating cutout, facts sheets, flower cutouts, letters


I designed this bulletin board at the start of our rollerskating unit, which also correlates with the beginning of spring, to help encourage students to choose rollerskating as a healthy, lifelong activity they can do outside of pe class.

The fact sheets I put up are:

Why Choose Rollerskating?
- you can do it with friends or by yourself
- it's good exercise
- kids & adults can do it
- you can do it inside or outside

Health Benefits of Rollerskating

1. Increase muscle strength & endurance.
2. Increase flexibility
3. Improve cardio & respiratory endurance
4. Improve balance & coordination
5. Increase mental clarity
6. Change body composition by burning calories

Design - Inline skates are designed with speed in mind. Quad roller skates are designed for both speed and agility since the wheels of quad skates touch more surface area of the floor.
Wheels - Inline skate wheels are softer and much thinner than quad skate wheels. They can also be used both indoors and out. Inline skates can have four or five wheels per skate. Quad roller skates have wider wheels and only have four wheels to a skate. Quad roller skates often need to have the wheels changed for indoor and outdoor use.
Function - Both inline skates and quad roller skates are designed for speed skating as well as recreational rink skating. Inline skates go faster than quad roller skates and inlines are also better for distance skating outdoors. Quad roller skates are more agile, and therefore better suited for such sports as roller derby or artistic skating.
Benefits - Quad roller skates can be easier to learn on because the wheels are wider and form a box-like pattern. Inline skates are lighter and can be used both indoors and outdoors without needing to change the wheels.
Considerations - Quad roller skates are much heavier than inline skates. Learning to skate on inlines, however, can be much more difficult because the wheels are aligned down the center like an ice skate, requiring much more balance than skating on quads.
Fitness - Both skates work the same muscles, however quad roller skates tend to burn your muscles out faster because the skates are heavier. Inline skates are designed to accommodate distance skaters, therefore many people find they can inline skate longer than if they were to skate with quad skates.

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Submitted by Kymberley Anderson who teaches at Raymond School in Franksville, WI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 4/1/2011 9:40:58 AM. Viewed 7405 times since 3/28/2011.

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