PE and Geography

My dream job is to be teaching Physical Education but ow can I include Geography in to Physical Education class well it actually very easy. I can locate sports or games that are played in other countries. We can use maps and compasses to go Orienteering. I can have students come up with their own game that reflect the area in which they live. How can we use our environment that we live in build a new fun activity. Geography can be a very fun part of a PE class that can give students opportunities to experience thing that they may not do everyday.

Games that can be discovered from all over the world can be a great way to add verity to PE class. From the Philippines Tinkling is a popular dance in the Philippines that is based on the movements of a tinkling bird. It is similar to double-dutch jump roping but with the use of bamboo poles (broomsticks make an acceptable substitute) instead of rope. It requires a minimum of three people to play–two to hold each end of the poles and one to jump in and out of the space between the poles. Rhythm is maintained by the kids holding the poles and slapping the poles together.(O’Farrell, 2012) I remember doing this activity in 6th Grade it was fun but very challenging. It teach rhythm and timing.

Another activity that you can play in PE is orienteering. According to Orienteering USA, Orienteering is a competitive international sport that combines racing with navigation. It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created, highly detailed map to select routes and navigate through diverse and often unfamiliar terrain and visit control points in sequence. Courses also can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods, with difficulty levels from beginner to expert offered at most events.(“What is orienteering ,” 2013) This is a great Life long activity to teach students. It teaches map reading skills, like direction, distance, and understanding elevation changes.

These are two examples of many games and activities that can be related to geography. Many different cultures have there own games that reflect that culture. Students can learn to appreciate those cultures through the games they play.

 

O’Farrell, S. (2012, Sept 15). Five fun games from around the world. Retrieved from http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/09/five-fun-games-from-around-the-world/

 

What is orienteering . (2013). Retrieved from http://www.us.orienteering.org/new-o/what-orienteering

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