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.

  • 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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  • Trimester 3 is here...

    Posted by Nathan Little on 3/8/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Wow, I can't believe it! The third trimester of the 2018-2019 school year is already here. It has been a great last few weeks closing out trimester two for the students of Coventry Elementary. Students in 1st and 2nd grade completed a brief Scoop and Ball unit focusing on rolling, tossing, and catching. They also started a Dribbling, Volleying, and Striking unit. So far in this unit students have started working on bouncing, catching, and dribbling skills with a basketball. This unit will take us up until spring break! In grades 3rd through 5th, students have been working on a Hockey/Pillow Polo unit. The first week of the unit focused on various skills: stick handling, passing, and shooting. The second week of the unit students were able to test their skills in some full-court gameplay. It was blast seeing students use their developed skills and work together on different teams! This upcoming week students in 3rd through 5th grade will complete a short Bowling unit. Students in 1st and 2nd grade will be continuing to develop their hand-eye coordination and dribbling skills in their unit. Check on the pictures below from the past two weeks!


    PJ Dribble

    Pillow Polo


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  • Kids Heart Challenge

    Posted by Nathan Little on 2/22/2019 12:00:00 PM

    As we enter into the last week of February, it has been such a blessing to see so many of our Eagle students embrace American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge. We are almost half way to our goal of raising $10,000. Thank you so much for your hard work and generousity! It is truly neat to see how our school can make such a big impact! If you desire to give, I will paste the link on the bottom of this blog posting. The last few weeks we have been working on our Jumping and Jump Roping skills in all of the Physical Education classes. 3rd-5th grade students had the opportunity to be introduced to a new game last week-Hula Hoop Hop:Rock, Paper, Scissors. It will go down as an all-time favorite here at Coventry Elementary. The last few weeks in grades K-2 students have been working on their jump roping skills. From learning to jump with one foot, to both feet, to even jumping over a long rope, our young elementary students have truly thrived in this unit. Check out the pictures below from the past two weeks! Next week students in all grades will be starting new units. Check back for more details and pictures! Thanks!

    Kids Heart Challenge



    RPS 2

    JR 1


    JR 2



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  • Jumping through February

    Posted by Nathan Little on 2/8/2019 12:00:00 PM

    What a wild last two weeks it has been! With almost just as many snow days as days at school, the schedule has been a little bit unique in the gym, but that has not held our Eagles back from doing some awesome things! Last week 1st through 2nd grade students had the blessing of completing their kicking and trapping unit with two activities: Kicking for Accuracy and Battleship. In Kicking for Accuracy, students did exactly what you think; they kicked a ball practicing their accuracy, using foot control/foot eye coordination skills. To complete the unit, students played a game called Battleship where they used their aiming and accuracy skills to achieve a team goal. In our 3rd through 5th grade classes, students had the opportunity to use the skills they have been working on in their basketball unit for some modified basketball games. It was so fun watching the students put together their skills and use teamwork to play such an awesome game!


    This week was the start of something new for all the students at Coventry Elementary School! All classes this week participated in a kickoff event for Kids Heart Challenge-formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart. Students were presented with three challenges to partake in during the month of February: 1) Be active for 60 minutes a day. 2) Choose water over sugary drinks. 3) Do a good deed. This event, Kids Heart Challenge, is put on by the American Heart Association in an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for heart disease research. Please checkout our school Kids Heart Challenge page for more info and to donate! 



    Check out the pictures below from our Kids Heart Challenge Kickoff!


    KHC 2

    KHC 3

    KHC 3

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  • Dribbling, Dribbling, and (more) Dribbling!!!

    Posted by Nathan Little on 1/25/2019 11:00:00 AM

    After completing our week of line, folk, and cultural dances, grades first through fifth have all been working on Dribbling! The only difference is that our primary students have been working on dribbling with their feet("soccer style"), while our intermediate students have been working on dribbling with their hands("basketball style"). Students in grades 1st and 2nd have started a Dribbling/Kicking unit. The past two weeks, students have worked on developing foot-eye coordination, teamwork, body control skills, and creative thinking while using their feet to dribble and pass a ball. Students in grades 3rd through 5th have started a Basketball unit that develops teamwork, hand-eye coordination, accuracy, and locomotor skills. The past two weeks students have worked on ball handling, dribbling, passing, and shooting. Next week students will be starting to play basketball games! Check out the pictures below of our Eagles practicing dribbling(sorry for the sideways pictures, software error). Have a fantastic weekend!



    Passing 2

    Feet Dribble

    Dribble 2

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  • Dancing into the New Year

    Posted by Nathan Little on 1/11/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Happy New Year, Eagle families!! I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing, active, and blessed winter break! My wife and I had the opportunity to see my family in Ohio and her family in Michigan for a few days each before going to Arizona for a friend's wedding. While there we were able to do some hiking, dancing, and sight-seeing. I am looking forward to getting back into our regular routine at Coventry and for all the exciting things planned for the second half of the school year(more details to come)!


    For this first week back, 1st grade through 5th grade students put on their dancing shoes. We danced to a variety of line dances and a even a folk dance. These dances developed coordination, body awareness, gross motor, and locomotor skills. The primary grades had the chance to dance to the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, Achy Breaky Heart, Clap Stomp Jump, and a few others. The intermediate grades did the Macarena, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe, YMCA, and even did some Zumba. Many students this week learned how much of an exercise dancing can be and had a blast doing it! Check out the pictures below:



    Step to the Right

    Hands Up


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