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 using free time or transitioning between activities, but the Character is Cool Game from Skillastics is a great option for a full lesson. 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 Social and Emotional Learning in PE
Social and emotional skills an an important part of how students learn to interact with each other and the world around them. Throughout PE class and at recess, students can practice focus, self-management, goal-setting, and relationship skills.
Consider choosing a specific social and emotional skill 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 and educational games created specifically to emphasize character-building and social emotional learning.
Character Building Skills for PE Class: