Mr. Little's Physical Education




    Mission: In Physical Education at Coventry Elementary, I use a safe learning environment to effectively deliver and facilitate an academic-based fitness curriculum that promotes healthy living, collaboration, development of motor skills, and knowledge of various games and sports while also meeting required state and national physical education standards.




    Goal: It is my goal for students to grow as individuals in Physical Education while also having fun and being safe.




    *For P.E. and gym-class curriculum updates, please keep an eye on this page. I also have posted our beginning of the year slideshow that has rules, guidelines, and expectations.

  • Understanding the Basics

    Posted by Nathan Little on 10/18/2019 12:00:00 PM

    As FitnessGram is finishing up and as the school year continues to settle in, students at Coventry Elementary are setting the foundation for their future in physical education. Students in grades 1st and 2nd have been building their foundation the last two weeks. They have been working on understanding creative movements, general space, personal space, levels, and pathways. These different skills and abilities are the starting block for a variety of activities, games, sports, and exercises that students will use the rest of their lives. While developing these foundational skills, students have had the chance to play some fun simple games like Breakers and Builders and the Active Name Game. Next week studnets will continue working on their Building a Foundation unit.

    Students in grades 3rd through 5th spent last week completing the pushup and curl up tests for FitnessGram and played a game called Topple Ball this week while a few students caught up on FitnessGram testing that they missed. Topple Ball is a team game that combines baseball skills, teamwork, and some running. Students had a blast learning and understanding this new game! Next week students will begin their Football unit.

    Topple Ball


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  • Fall Fitness

    Posted by Nathan Little on 10/4/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The past two weeks our 1st through 5th grade students have been falling into fitness. Students in grades 3rd-5th completed the first part of their FitnessGram testing. This included a pushup test and curlup test. Students also played the game Silent Ball during testing. This is an awesome game that focuses on hand-eye coordination. Next week, students will participate in the second half of FitnessGram testing, the Pacer Test and sit and reach test. These tests focus on endurance and flexibility. Students did an amazing job this first week, and I am looking forward to more great things taking place during the rest of our testing. Students in grades 1st and 2nd had the opportunity to practice the FitnessGram tests during their gym class period. Students took all 4 of the FitnessGram tests without any data being recorded. This will prepare them for the official FitnessGram test when they are 3rd graders. It also gave them a day of lots of exercise and practice of fitness skills. I look forward to seeing the many young Eagles participate in FitnessGram in the future! Have an awesome weekend!


    -Coach Little

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  • Teaming Up

    Posted by Nathan Little on 9/20/2019 12:00:00 PM

    What a fun last two weeks PE has been here at Coventry Elementary! Students in grades 1st through 5th have been playing a variety of team games and tag games to get this year started. It has been so fun to see the amount of effort, participation, and hard work put in to playing in gym class. The students have truly been sweating their way to fitness playing Cookie Monster Tag, Everybody's It, Capture the Flag, and Castle. These are all basic games that develop hand eye coordination, stamina, team work, cooperation, and safety awareness. Students in grades 1st and 2nd have had the chance to start developing a variety of locomotor skills as part of our class warm up. Students have been working on skipping, hopping, walking, jogging, and running. Older students have been developing their muscular endurance and strength by learning a few new exercises in their class warm up. They have learned pushups, squats, jumping jacks, calf raises, and lunges. I look forward to seeing how students improve their fitness level over the course of the year! Over the next two weeks students in grades 3rd-5th will be partaking in the first part of their fall FitnessGram testing. This is a state mandated test that focuses on muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, and stamina. The first part of the test is Pushups and Curlups. Students in grades 1st and 2nd will also be participating in the FitnessGram tests as practice for when it is their turn to take the actual test. Check out a few pics from the last few days. If you would like more information on FitnessGram testing, click on this link. http://www.cooperinstitute.org/fitnessgram

    Castle Build

    Castle Throw

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  • Recess Games

    Posted by Nathan Little on 9/6/2019 12:00:00 PM

    After two weeks of PE classes, students are moving and grooving into the swing of things in the gym. Students have officially started completing their warmup exercises/movements and stretches. This week we have had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and practice a few different recess games outside. It has given many of our young eagles a better understanding of how to play tetherball, hopscotch, and 4-square. Next week students will be getting their spots in the gym and begin a short team/fun games unit. I'm excited to see our students grow in their fitness and flexability while having fun throughout the course of this year. Have a wonderful weekend!


    -Coach Little

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  • Happy First Week of School!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 8/23/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Happy first week of school Eagles! I first want to say that I hope everyone put in their best effort to sweat every day over the summer. I am excited for another great year at Coventry Elementary! Despite all of the construction, the gym is still the place where we will spend our year being active and learning about Physical Education. The first few weeks we will be reviewing P.E. guidelines and expectations and learning a few Recess games. To see or review the beginning of the year slideshow, click on the Resources tab. Let's have a great year! Go Eagles!

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  • Have a Great Summer!!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 5/31/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Happy last Friday of school! We are only a few days from the end, and all I can do is look back and be thankful for such a great school year! It has been an incredible first year at Coventry Elementary School. Students have grown, matured, been active, and worked so hard. The last few weeks have been a grand time as students in 1st-2nd grade have completed a frisbee throwing unit and played various team games, including some using scooters. In grades 3rd-5th, students have completed all FitnessGram testing, played a few different scooter sports, used the parachute, and played some other team sports these past few weeks.

    Besides finishing up the school year with a few different units and games, students had a great time at Field Day this past Wednesday! There were 6 different stations that students went through: Relay Races, Soccer/Kickball, Tug of War, Bounce House, Recess, and T-Shirt Signing/Chalk. It was a beautiful day with lots of activity. The day ended with popsicles and school wide Bingo. Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff, and parents for your support on Field Day! That day would not be possible without everyone's help. Thank you so much! I hope everyone has a great summer and stays active! I wish all of the 5th graders and their families many blessings into middle school. You will be missed. I can't wait to see what the 2019-2020 school year has in store! Stay tuned for updates in the fall! Go Eagles!! :)


    -Coach Little

    3rd Grade

    5th Grade


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  • Nearing the Finish Line

    Posted by Nathan Little on 5/10/2019 12:00:00 PM

    I first just want to say a big Thank You to everyone who was able to come to Open House last night! It was great to see so many Eagle students and families. The last few weeks in gym have been very busy! Students have been completing some of their last units in Phyiscal Education for the school year, testing aerobic capicity, flexability, and strength/muscle endurance in our Spring FitnessGram tests, and readying ourselves for positive health with the Body Walk and lots of fitness exercises. We are also two weeks away from FIELD DAY!!! I can't believe it is almost here. Let's keep our hopes up for good weather and no injuries. Check out some pictures below from the Body Walk and a few of the last units we have had in gym.


    Body Walk

    Body Walk 2



    Have a fantastic weekend!! Go Eagles! :)

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  • Working Together

    Posted by Nathan Little on 4/19/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The last two weeks in the Coventry gym have been awesome! Everyone has been having a blast. Students in grades 1st and 2nd have been playing a variety of team/fun games. These include Exterminator, High Five Tag, Stuck in the Mud, and Cookie Monster Tag. All of these games use a team aspect to help one another to be successful in the game. By working together, the game can be successful and fun. All of these games also developed stamina and endurance. This is key as students in all grades will be FitnessGram testing next week! Grades 1st and 2nd will be practicing for when it is their official turn in 3rd grade. In grades 3rd-5th, they will be officially FitnessGram testing the next two weeks. Prior to that, they have been working on a Diamond Sports unit. These sports include Kickball and a variation of Softball/Baseball. In our different Diamond Sports students used various manipulative skills, hand-eye coordination, and gross motor skills to work together to play the games. Both kickball and softball/baseball are team sports in which players depend on each other to be successful. I have had so much fun teaching students new skills and watching them work together! Check out the pics below from our 1st-2nd grade unit:


    High Five Tag

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  • There Is A First Time For Everything

    Posted by Nathan Little on 4/5/2019 1:00:00 PM

    There is officially less than 2 months of school left of the 2018-2019 school year at Coventry Elementary, but we are still learning lots of new things! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break with lots of rest, relaxation, and fitness! I had the blessing of spending some time volunteering with my wife's non-profit, Jill's House-Windy City, and some time in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with my wife as well. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the great outdoors and do some hiking! It is good to be back, and I am looking forward to finishing the year on a high note.

    This past week we learned a new skill in grades 1st and 2nd. Students finished the Striking unit by practicing striking with a bat(baseball). Students learned how to correctly hold the bat, how to stand, and swing level. It was so great to see so many students actively using their hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and safety. Check out the pictures from the lesson:


    Swing 2

    In grades 3rd-5th students were introduced to the olympic sport of Team Handball. It is essentially soccer but only using your hands. Students are only able to take three steps when they have possession of the ball. It is a active sport that uses coordination, teamwork, strength, accuracy, and endurance. What a blast students had trying out this new sport!


    Handball 2

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  • Spring Has Sprung!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 3/22/2019 12:00:00 PM

    And the numbers are in...Coventry raised over $8,000 for the American Heart Association in the Kids Heart Challenge!!! This is so awesome! It has been incredible to see so many students step up and take ownership of this challenge and use their resources to make a positive impact! Great job, Eagles! :)


    The last two weeks have been an absolute blast(literally and figuratively) in the gym! Students in grades 3rd-5th spent last week Bowling. Students got in small groups and competed to see who could take home the best bowling score. This week students participated in two new games for our students. The first game I brought from my previous roots in Michigan. The game is called Fowling. It is a backyard sport that combines throwing a football at bowling pins with a partner to see if they can knock the other team's bowling pins before theirs get knocked down. The other game we played in gym was a Bean Bag Toss game. It consisted of students tossing bean bags towards rings and seeing if they could get the bean bag in or touching the ring. Check out the pictures below:

    Bean Bag   



    Students in grades 1st and 2nd have been working on their Volleying and Striking skills. In the last few lessons students have incorporated volleying the ball with themselves and a partner. They also have worked on striking the ball in the air to a partner. To conclude this part of the unit, students played a game called Straddleball. The goal of the game is to use your hands to striking the ball on the ground through other students' legs. Check out the pictures!



    I hope everyone has a relaxing and safe Spring Break! Stay Active!

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