Physical Education and Health
The Falk Middle School Physical Education curriculum features a student centered curriculum designed to teach students in large, small, and individual settings the comprehensive benefits of the FITT principle (frequency, intensity, timing, and type) in PE and life. Students are taught using multi-sensory strategies. One strategy is TGFU (teaching games for understanding). This features students learning through game play. Games, skills, and concepts are learned through progression stages. Each stage can feature a progression or build that advances the student’s conceptual knowledge. Using this strategy allows all students to succeed in class. It targets each student on the PE skill and concept continuum. Classes are taught in a variety of locations in and around the school. These include the gym, rooftop playground, blacktop courts, and on the outdoor trail. Using all these spaces keeps students interested and engaged in PE. A focal point is on teaching student’s non-traditional and innovative games and activities. These often feature a combination of rules, equipment and strategies that feature components from more than one game or sport. Lastly, Falk school is always working towards integrating technology into the physical education curriculum. This is accomplished by collaborating with the technology teachers for the purpose of strengthening the content delivery.
- Polar Active Activity Monitors - The eighth grade students continued to refine their usage and analytical skills regarding the Polar Active Activity Monitors. This technology tracks movement with an accelerometer. The student’s were able to analyze their activity levels by reviewing their activity data to determine whether or not they were moving enough during PE class time.
- Coach’s Eye - video based instant feedback analysis system that records the student and permits playback to review their actions and skills to make skill related improvement decisions and content and instructional delivery improvement decisions.
- Cardio Fitness & Resistance Activities with iMuscle app - Students learned skills and then applied them to various types of physical activities for the purpose of training their musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system. Activities will consisted of resistance activities with the kettle-ball, and aerobic equipment. In addition students were able to use the iMuscle application system to learn about muscle groups and different exercises. The iMuscle application also provides the students with a video demonstration for resistance activities.
- Circle Rules Football: This course is offered in humanities immersion. Circle Rules Football is a combination sport. It combines elements of football, basketball, soccer, and handball. The main piece of equipment is an oversize yoga ball. The main rule is: Student’s can only have one point of contact on the oversize yoga ball. For example, if a student strikes it with their hand, only one hand can make contact at a time, not both. Each team attempts to score by moving the ball through the other teams side of one circle goal.
- Non-traditional game - CatcHit is part lacrosse and part paddle- ball. It features a long stick that has a lacrosse basket on one end and a paddle- ball racket on the other. Students choose to apply many of the skills and strategies they learned to manipulate the ball or throw and catch it. The ultimate goal of CatcHit is to work together with your teammates and score a goal.
The Falk Middle School Health Education curriculum provides students with a comprehensive health education that is designed to teach them more complex conceptual knowledge, analytical, and practical application skills. The health education class schedule features a weekly health education in 7th grade and bi-weekly health education in 6th and 8th grade.
Puberty and Hygiene, Foodways and Nutrition, Relationships, and Tobacco Culture and History
Signature Health Experience
Sixth grade students study and learn about different cultural foodways. This unit of study consists of understanding, group activities, practical experiences regarding why food is such an important part of American culture. Studying how immigrant cultures have shaped the American food shed will give students a more engaging context in history. Students will understand the stories behind ethnic foods, thereby gaining an appreciation for food, history, and foreign cultures.
- Define key terms and place them in the context of the unit.
- Explain key events and how they are important to American immigrant food ways.
- Identify the home countries of common American immigrant on a world map.
- Demonstrate content from the perspective of American immigrants.
- Role-play being an immigrant between 1820 and 1920
- Develop an immigrant daily meal.
- Write a letter to your family about the Americanization of food.
Physical Activity and Exercise Program Development, The Organic and Whole Foods Culture/Advanced Nutrition, Alcohol in Society, and Sexuality Education
Signature Health Experience
Seventh grade students study and learn how to develop an individualized physical activity or exercise plan. Student’s apply concepts previously learned when using the PolarGoFit activity monitors to track activity intensity levels during class time. Using the FITT (frequency, intensity, timing, and type) principle students create a activity plan based on goals set for activity intensity (moderate, vigorous, or vigorous plus) and type. Students then activate their plan, video their experience, and share it with classmates.
Community Bulletin Board Development, Psychological Disorders, Drugs and Drug History, and Sexuality Education
Signature Health Experience
Eighth grade students study and learn concepts and information regarding Sexuality Education. Through group discussions, information sharing, and reproductive analysis students form and understanding and practical skills surrounding the content of gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control methods, STD’s, sexuality and technology, and pregnancy and parenthood. Empowering the students with these teenage development skills will lead them to making more informed decisions when appropriate.