4-Day Mini Unit: Challenge & Systems Thinking 8th Grade Physical Education
This document provides an example of a teacher-created physical education unit that is grounded in the content and pedagogy of sustainability education. A focus on systems thinking and cooperative work will teach skills that are necessary for sustainable growth.
Time Required: Four 40 minute periods
-Students will be able to complete the skills necessary to complete the activities successfully.
-Students will be able to complete the skills needed to complete the activity successfully.
-Students will be able to practice their loco motor skills during the activity.
-Students will be able to understand the rules of the activities.
-Students will be able to understand what systems’ thinking involves.
-Students will be able to connect what systems’ thinking involves and the cooperative activity.
-Students will be able to associate with at least one of the ideas from the lesson focus.
-Students will be able to work cooperatively and assist each other while participating in the games.
-Students will be able to work cooperatively and provide each other with constructive feedback.
-Students will be able to work cooperatively and provide each other with the help they need to complete the task.
-Students will be able to work as partners and guide their partners safely through the maze.
-Intro to Unit
-Intro to Systems Thinking
-Review of Systems Thinking Ideas
-The Ways of a System Thinker
-How will Systems Thinking Relate to Climbing Discussion
Detailed day plans can be found in the attached unit plan.
Students will be completing a daily journal log consisting of the answers from their final debriefing questions. Students will also be encouraged to write any additional comments, concerns or ideas in their journals.
-Laminated numbers -Instruction cards -Tarp -Map Cards -Stop Watch -Cups -Rubber Bands -String -Task Cards -Carpet Squares -Toothpicks -Cones -Blindfolds -Hula-hoops -Wooly balls -Bowling pins -Radio -Music -Playground balls -Candy
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