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Building Successful Movers One Skill at a Time
The PE Central Challenge© is designed for 4th and 5th grade children to encourage them to practice a variety of motor skills, many of which are contained in our professions national standards (NASPE, 1995). The PE Central Challenge is NOT intended to be a one-time test, but rather an ongoing series of challenges that youngsters can practice and improve upon. Teachers are encouraged to provide children many chances to complete each of the challenges--in class, at lunch, before or after school. Classroom teachers can also "judge" the challenges during recess. All youngsters who participate can earn a downloadable participation certificate.
|Pins are distributed according to the following criteria:|
|Kids complete ALL 6 challenge tasks successfully|
|Kids complete 5 of the 6 challenge tasks successfully|
|Kids complete 4 of the 6 challenge tasks successfully|
|PE Central Challenge© Pins|
The PE Central Challenge© pins are four-color, 1" diameter pins featuring the official PE Central Globe Logo imprinted on a gold, silver, or bronze background color. Each teacher may reserve 30 pins during the registration period. Additional pins for registered teachers are $.90 per pin. They are $1.25 each for non-registered teachers.
|Descriptions of the PE Central Challenge Tasks|
Teachers are encouraged to "teach" youngsters to successfully complete the challenges by providing them with appropriate cues and ideas for practicing on their own at home. Sample tasks and cues for each of the challenges, along with complete descriptions of each challenge, are included in the section entitled "Detailed Descriptions of Each Challenge".
Two children stand on each end of an eight foot long 2" x 4" board placed on the ground (4" side of board goes on the ground). Each child travels to the opposite end and then back without falling off. Children start again if any body part touches the ground. The board is marked with lines twelve inches from each end. This is where the children start--both at the opposite end--and finish. When they switch they travel to the twelve inch mark on the opposite end of the beam before starting back to their original location. More detail...
2. Hula Hooping
Hula hoop for 20 seconds with the hoop starting around the waist and remaining off the ground (floor) the entire time. More detail...
Jump a single rope continuously (rope must remain in a constant turning motion) for 90 seconds without a miss. More detail...
4. Volley Up
Three children stand in a triangle three giant steps from each other. The challenge is to volley a ball (not a beach ball or balloon) 10 times in a row without the ball hitting the ground. Each child must contact (volley) the ball at least twice but may not strike it twice in a row (similar to volleyball rules). More detail...
Throw and catch an object with your hands with a partner 30 times in a row without a miss from a distance of 25 feet. Both catches and throws must be made behind the line to be counted. Each student will complete 15 throws and 15 catches for a total of 30. More detail...
Strike a ball with a short or long-handled paddle or racket in the air continuously for 60 seconds to your self while remaining in a 3-4 foot diameter space, e.g. hoop, jump rope formed into a circle. The circle must remain stationary for the entire 60 seconds. More detail...