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.

  • #CovVirtualFieldDay was a hit!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 5/26/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Wow, what an incredible day! Virtual Field Day was an absolute success. It has been such a joy looking at the hundreds of videos and pictures sent in by Eagle families. We look forward to sharing these with you over the course of the summer. A huge 'Thank You' to all of you that participated and engaged in our first ever Virtual Field Day!

    I know that Field Day is one of my favorite days of the year and one of the special events that Coventry Elementary puts on to celebrate the end of the school year and all of our amazing students. Mrs. Humbles, Mrs. Yellets, and I knew that even during our unique circumstances with the Covid-19 pandemic and Remote Learning we wanted to still make Field Day come to life. Despite not being able to participate in our annual events such as Tug of War, Chalk Walk, T-Shirt Signing, and the Bounce House, we wanted to make the Field Day activities to be able to be completed at home. Thankfully, we were blessed with a beautiful day as well! Thank you for all of your support and hard work to help our students have an awesome Virtual Field Day!

    As we enter our last week of school, I want to thank everyone for an incredible school year! I wish our 5th graders best of luck as they enter into middle school in the Fall. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer! Please continue to stay healthy, safe, and active over these next few months! If you need help staying active, continue to use the resources on my webpage for fun ideas to stay active over the summer. Many blessings Eagle families!


    Have a great summer!


    -Coach Little  

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  • We May Not Be At School, But Field Day Will Continue!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 5/15/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Yes, that is correct! Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic keeping us at home and away from Coventry, we will still have Field Day! Field Day will take place virtually on Thursday, May 21st. All events will be activities that can be completed safely at home independently, or with the help of a family member or adult. Just like in years past, we are asking for students to wear their class color. Families can also document the day by taking pictures and videos and sending them to covschool@d47.org. The PE team will compile the pictures and videos and make a collection to be shared with Eagle families. Photos and videos can also be shared on social media using the hashtag #CovVirtualFieldDay. To stay informed, please keep an eye on communication from your classroom teacher. More details will be released leading up to the day of the event. Mrs. Humbles, Mrs. Yellets, and I are so excited to bring this special day and end of the year tradition to you virtually in the midst of this unprecedented situation! We can't wait to see pictures and videos, and hear how the event goes from home! Thanks for all that you are doing during our time of Remote Learning. Let's take this special day to celebrate all of our accomplishments and have some fun! Please continue to stay home, stay safe, and be active! If you would like a little warmup or practice for next week's Field Day, check out these activities from Gopher Sport: My Top 10 Activities for a Virtual Field Day!




    Coach Little

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  • Remote Learning Extended

    Posted by Nathan Little on 4/23/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Last Friday, April 17th Governor Pritzker declared that the state of Illinois would be suspending in-person learning in schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Although this is sad news and truly breaks my heart, I desire nothing but the best for the health, safety, and overall well-being of our students, staff, and families of District 47. With remote learning continuing through the rest of the school year, please continue to stay up to date on resources, activities, and lessons by following my Twitter and checking my Remote Learning Resources page on the Coventry Elementary School wesbite. A new Encore Bingo/PALMS Board will be sent out and shared on Monday, April 27th. Please complete the board from the directions listed on the board and from the classroom teacher. We are asking that students share with Encore teachers a note, picture, or video of the completed activty from the board to the student's Seesaw account in their correct Encore Folder. Activities will be posted in Seesaw where students can post the completed activity. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. I will also continue to post additional activities, challenges, and games on my Twitter and Remote Learning Resources page.


    In another note, for the students who donated money to the American Heart Association for the Kids Heart Challenge, because of the Covid-19 Pandemic our package of prizes is being processed, labeled and stored at the warehouse by state until school reopens. Unfortunately, this means that students will not be receiving their prizes at this time. When school officially reopens and the Covid-19 Pandemic is under control, I will update you with information regarding student prizes. I am sorry about this inconvenience, but please understand it is for the safety and health of our staff and families. 


    Please continue to stay active, eat healthy, and be positive during this unprecedented time! We are all in this together!


    Thank you,

    Coach Little

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  • Remote Learning Continues

    Posted by Nathan Little on 4/13/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Happy Monday, Eagles!!


    I hope this blog post finds you all well! I have received many pictures, videos, and messages from many of you during our Remote Learning. It has been a joy to receive these. It makes me so happy knowing that many of you are staying active, healthy, and participating in Physical Education during our time of Remote Learning. Continue to do your best to complete the Encore Bingo Board-choose one square a day from the Encore class you typically have on that day of the week. Keep an eye on my Remote Learning Resources tab on my website and in communication from your classroom teacher for the next Encore Bingo Board. If you are looking for additional PE resources and activities, I will continue to update my Twitter and my Remote Learning Resources page for more to do! If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or connect with me on your PE Seesaw page. I have been doing my best the last few weeks to stay active and healthy. Every day I go for a run or take my dog for a long walk. I also have been doing lots of bodyweight exercises to keep my muscles strong and in-shape during this time away from the gym. With the extra time at home, make sure you are doing your best to get plenty of sleep every night, drinking lots of water(at least 8 cups a day), and eating healthy! If you need any tips or tricks to being successful at these, please reach out or click on my Healthy Links page! I hope everyone has a great week and continues to do their best to show Kindness during this unprecedented time.


    Many blessings to you, our Eagle families!


    -Coach Little

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  • At Home PE

    Posted by Nathan Little on 3/31/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Greetings Eagles! 


    I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Spring Break! I know that there have been many changes and unforeseen circumstances over the past few weeks, but I want you to know that we are going through this together! It may seem overwhelming or confusing at times and that is okay. My first desire for everyone is to stay healthy and safe. As your Physical Education teacher, I want to do my best to keep you active, aware, and educated during this time of Remote Learning. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to share them with me. I will post resources, lessons, exercises, and activities on this webpage under the Remote Learning Resources tab along with on my Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoachNLittle. Please follow along to stay updated and informed with best practies during the time being. Many blessings to you and your family! Stay home, stay active, and stay healthy!  


    Take Care,

    Coach Little

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  • Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

    Posted by Nathan Little on 3/6/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Happy March! We have offically begun our 3rd and final trimester of the 2019-2020 school year at Coventry Elementary! 


    These past two weeks students in all grades at Coventry have been working on their dribbling skills! Our young elementary students recently began a Dribbling, Striking, and Volleying unit while our upper elementary students began a Basketball unit. Last week in PE for our 1st and 2nd graders, students learned dribbling by first practicing ball handling and bouncing and catching. This week they focused on volleying and striking with foam dodgeballs. Students learned that volleying is keeping the ball in the air and striking is sending the ball in the air. Students practiced volleying by using different parts of the body to keep the ball in the air, they also did the same for striking. Students concluded class by reviewing last week's skills by playing a game called "Squirrels and Acorns".


    Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders began the basketball unit by practicing ball handling and dribbling. They finished the first lesson of the unit by playing "Dribbling Sharks and Minnows". This week students developed their passing and shooting skills by learning about correct form and the three main basketball passes: chest pass, bounce pass, and overhead pass. The students displayed their shooting skills by partcipating in "Hot Spot Shooting". In this game students shoot basketballs from different poly spots all over the gym. If they make the shot then they pick it up and add it to their team's collection of spots in their hula hoop.


    Have a great weekend! Don't forget Kids Heart Challenge ends Monday, March 9th!

    Check out the pictures below:


    Dribble 2

    Drib 3


    Spot Shooting



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  • Kids Heart Challenge

    Posted by Nathan Little on 2/21/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Over the past two weeks students at Coventry Elementary have been participating in the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge! From the AHA website: "The Kids Heart Challenge is a fun and exciting event where your student learns about their heart while helping others by raising money for the American Heart Association. It prepares your child for success through physical and emotional well-being." Every student at Coventry has had the oppotunity to learn about the heart, its functions, and how to practice a healthy lifestyle. The Kids Heart Challenge encourages our young Eagles to Be Kind, Add Color to their plate, Be Ready, Avoid Vaping and Tobacco, Help Others, and Move More! Each year our school has a donation goal to support the American Heart Association. This year our goal is $7,000! Students can sign up online or the Kids Heart Challenge app to participate. Donations can also be collected with the envelope that was sent home. All donations are due by Monday, March 9th! To sign up here is the link:http://www2.heart.org/goto/coventry

    These past two weeks students have learned and practiced Jump Rope and concluded the missed Frisbee lessons. After each class presentation, students in grades 1st and 2nd played jumping game called Over the River. It is a game that tests students' jumping ability and encourages students to inspire and motivate their classmates. Students in grades 3rd through 5th concluded their KHC presentation day with Hula Hoop Showdown, a social media favorite! In this game the class is divided into two teams with hula hoops lined across the gym connecting each team. The first player of each team hops until they meet the first player of the opposing team. When they faceoff, players challenge each other in a Rock, Paper, Scissors duel. The goal of the game is to advance all the way to the other side of the gym to earn your team a point. It has been an awesome past two weeks! I can't wait to see how our school does with the Kids Heart Challenge goal!

    Check out some pics below:

    Hula Hoop Showdown

    JR 1

    JR 2

    JR 3




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  • Jumping into February

    Posted by Nathan Little on 2/7/2020 12:00:00 PM

    The conclusion of January and the beginning of February were filled with lots of activity in the Coventry Elementary gym! From scoops, to frisbees, to jumping, to badminton-we saw it all! Students in grades 3rd through 5th finished up their Net Sports unit with a little Badminton Gameplay. The following week a couple classes had a quick Frisbee Throwing lesson while others began our Kids Heart Challenge!(There will be more to follow about the Kids Heart Challenge in the next blog post.) Students in grades 1st and 2nd completed a quick Scoops and Balls lesson and then a few classes had an intro to Frisbee throwing lesson while other classes began the Kids Heart Challenge. It has been great to see the diverse ability and skillset of our young eagles. They have truly showed so much resilience and growth over the past few weeks. Practicing so many different skills has allowed students to showcase their hand-eye coordination, teamwork, strength, patience, knowledge, and willingness to try new things. I do my best to keep our students on their toes by introducing many new activities, sports, and games. I love seeing students succeed in something that they were unsure about at first. Over the next few weeks all classes will begin the Kids Heart Challenge, learn and practice Jump Rope, and will catch up on Frisbee! Check out the pictures below of some of the action from the past two weeks:

    Badminton 1 Badminton 2

    Scoops KHC

    KHC 1 KHC 2



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  • Keeping it Up!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 1/24/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Week two and three of 2020 were an absolute blast at Coventry Elementary! Students in grades 3rd through 5th finished up their Volleyball unit with two modified versions of volleyball, Newcomb Ball and Beach Ball Volleyball. Students had a blast flexing their skills and using some amazing teamwork! This past week students were introduced to another net sport, Badminton. If you are unfamiliar with Badminton, it is the combination of tennis and volleyball. A long handled racket is used to hit a birdie over a high net. Players compete in pairs or teams. Students focused their learning this week on some new active vocabulary: Forehand, Backhand, and Under-Hand Serve. These skills were practiced before playing Keep it Up!




    Primary Elementary students were also keeping it up these past two weeks with the conclusion of our Parachute unit. Week two of the parachute unit focused on using the colors for different movement, actions, directions, and cooperation. We also played a game called Popcorn, where we pretend the parachute is a giant pan and fluffballs are used to pop off the parachute. This past week finished off the unit by playing two of my favorite games: Space Mountain and Sharks and Lifeguards. In Space Mountain a low dome is made with the parachute and students are called by the color of the spot they are at and they crawl out to the middle of the parachute. In Sharks and Lifeguards a student is chosen to be a lifeguard and run around the outside of the parachute, while another student is chosen to be the shark and crawl around under the parachute. Everyone else is sitting around the outside of the parachute making waves while their legs are under. The shark's job is to pull as many people under the parachute to have more sharks. The lifeguard's job is to save students when they are pulled under by a shark. This always a favorite for the students! 

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  • Fun in the New Year

    Posted by Nathan Little on 1/10/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Happy New Year!


    I hope all Eagles and their families had a wonderful winter break and start to 2020! I hope everyone had a chance to rest, relax, find some peace, but also be active. My wife and I are thankful for the opportunity we had to visit my family in Ohio over break and her family in Michigan. Despite a great time with family, friends, and lots of food, I am glad to be back at Coventry Elementary. I am excited for what 2020 has to offer, the many fun activities and lessons that students will engage in this spring, and for the completion of the building renovation. With a new year always comes a fresh start, a new chapter, and lots of new opportunities. I can't wait to see our Eagles grow, learn, mature, dream, and become inspired over this next calendar year! 


    In grades 3rd through 5th, we started off 2020 with a Volleyball unit. Volleyball is one of my favorite sports that uses hand-eye coordination, footwork, strength, athleticism, and teamwork. This week students focused on bumping and setting. We concluded the lesson with a simple game of "Keep it Up", students used volleyball style hits to keep a beach ball in the air as long as possible. Next week students will be participating in two modified versions of volleyball. Check out the pictures below: 


    Beach Ball

    In the afternoon classes with 1st and 2nd graders, we started one of my favorite units to teach, the Parachute! If you are unfamiliar with the parachute, it is a round nylon parachute made up of colored triangles. It is used to teach Body Awareness, Spatial Awareness, upper body muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, cooperation, collaboration, and accepting personal challenges. This week we used it to make different shapes. Next week will focus on using the different colors of the parachute. The students absolutely love it! Check out the pictures below:


    Parachute 2

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