The Character is Cool Game from Skillastics is a fun and educational lesson plan idea for PE teachers looking to emphasize the importance of cooperation, respect, sportsmanship, teamwork, and honesty. The game, geared towards students in grade 3-8, engages players in cooperative fitness activities that highlight the development of positive character traits.
Giant games are gaining popularity as a tool for infusing character education in physical education. The Character is Cool Game from Skillastics is a great option for a full lesson if needed. While performing physical activities, students will practice positive ways to interact with each other and the world around them.
The game kit comes with a jumbo 5’ x 7’ reinforced nylon activity mat, and 6 miniature mats for additional student groups to use. There are 26 included activity cards, 6 multi-colored dice, 6 multi-colored beanbags, and both an instructional DVD and paper manual.
Building Character in PE Class
Being a good team player and fellow student means more than just following the rules. By encouraging students to work on building positive character traits, a physical education educator can play a crucial role in helping students grow into cooperative, team players. Character building is a large part of helping students to maintain their social, emotional, and mental health.
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Opportunities for Building Character Education in Physical Education
Character education is an important part of how students learn a culture and climate of kindness and the world around them. Throughout Physical Education class and at recess, students can practice respect for others, responsibility, and good citizenship.
Consider choosing a specific character trait to focus on each class period, ensuring to comment on student successes in those areas and emphasizing activities that help them to practice. There are activities, educational games, webinars, and short videos to specifically emphasize character building.