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.

  • 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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  • Tossing Snowballs and Fluffballs

    Posted by Nathan Little on 12/13/2019 12:00:00 PM

    This past week was a whirlwind of activity in the gym. Students in 3rd through 5th grade concluded their soccer unit with full games of soccer. It was a great sight to see as students put on display the skills they have been working on over the past few weeks. There was tons of teamwork, sportsmanship, and athleticism shown. Next week students will be playing Snowball Fitness. This game incorporates fitness exercises, teamwork, throwing, and dodging. It is a seasonal favorite!


    In 1st and 2nd grade, students began working on tossing and catching and reviewed rolling with a game called Bowlers Rollers. In this game students roll fluffballs at bowling pins across the gym. Next week students will be practicing underhand and overhand toss with a partner. They will conclude their lesson with a game called Clean My Room. This is a team game where students use specific throwing and rolling skills to move as many fluffballs away from their side of the gym.


    I hope everyone has a wonderful winter break and happy holidays! Many blessings to you and your family during this season! I am looking forward to a New Year and a new decade! I hope you can enjoy some rest and peace over the next few weeks, but don't forget to stay active! :)


    Peace and Blessings,


    Coach Little

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  • I'm Thankful!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 11/29/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend some time staying active and finding rest during our break! This time of the year is always a great reminder to think of all the things we are thankful for. Before I share about things happening in the gym, I just want to spend a moment to share some of the things I am thankful for this year: I am thankful for the gym and being able to have access and use of it during construction. I am thankful for amazing students who have done an awesome job being flexible this year despite the changes and difficulties admist the construction. I am also very thankful for a great team to work with! Every staff member at Coventry does an incredible job providing opportunities for students to succeed and be the best version of themselves. If you haven't already, take some time to think of things you are thankful for! :)


    Students in Grades 1st and 2nd had some fun last week using hula hoops to work on manipulative, body awareness, and hand-eye coordination skills. What a blast watching students display their amazing abilities!




    Students in 3rd through 5th grade continued working on their Soccer unit with a lesson and game developing their passing skills. Students worked on short passes, long passes, and played a new game called "Spot Passing"! Ask your student about our new game! It is definitely a new gym favorite!


    Spot Pass

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  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

    Posted by Nathan Little on 11/15/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The past two weeks have been very exciting in PE, filled with lots of action. Students in grades 3rd through 5th capped off the football unit with playing a modified game of flag football. It was great to see students incorporate teamwork, passing, and catching into a complete game! This past week, they started a soccer unit, which focuses on dribbling, passing, shooting, and gameplay. This week students started the dribbling portion of the unit. This gave students the opportunity to develop foot-eye coordination, agility, quickness, and perseverance. Students first worked on basic dribbling skills such as toe taps and pull backs, and then finished off class with a game called Soccer Hoopla. Soccer Hoopla gave students the opportunity to incorporate some competition and speed into the development of their dribbling skills. This next week students will work on passing. Check out the pictures below:


    Dribble Soccer


    Students in grades first and second have continued on their Manipulatives unit working with scarves, bean bags, and hula hoops. Students have attempted juggling, tossing, spinning, and balancing with the different equipment. They have continued to work on hand-eye coordination, manipulative skills, balancing, creative movements, teamwork, body control, and agility. Next week students will continue to work on manipulatives, but with a partner while using our hula hoops. Check out the pictures below:

    BB Team



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  • Pulling Flags and Tossing Scarves

    Posted by Nathan Little on 11/1/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Over the last two weeks, many of our upper elementary students have had the chance to learn and practice Football for the first time. In the first lesson of the unit, students in grades 3rd-5th learned to accurately throw a football, catch a football using their hands, and how to correctly carry a football when running. This past week, students got the chance to practice some defensive skills and work on flag pulling during a lead-up game. This also gave students the chance to practice their ball carrying and elusiveness in a game-like situation. These various skills will prepare students to take on the challenge next week of playing a Flag Football(modified) game. It has been so fun to see students grasp a new sport so quickly! Over the course of this unit, students have really been working on hand-eye coordination, team work, and cardio endurance.


    In our lower elementary classes over the past two weeks, students have continued to build their foundational skills for Physical Education, while also beginning to develop their manipulative skills. Students have been learning about different tempos/speeds, levels, pathways, movements, body shapes, and space. These fundamental skills will prepare students for the rest of the units throughout this school year. Students practiced these skills by demonstrating them and incorporating them into different challenges and games. For example, last week we played a game called Traffic Light Tag. The students developed their cardio endurance while practicing a stopped, slow, medium, and fast speed of movement. This week students reviewed some of their foundational skills before working with and manipulating scarves. Next week students will continue to work on their manipulatives when we use the scarves again and introduce the fluffballs. 



    Throwing a FB

    Scarf 1


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  • 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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