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P.E.

The objective of P.E. is to engage students in physical activities giving them a base of knowledge so that they might lead a healthy lifestyle.  The goal of the P.E. program is not to produce athletes rather to produce people who understand the values and benefits of physical activity.

Why physical education?

Physical education helps children by developing:

Cardiovascular endurance

Muscular strength and power

Muscular endurance

Flexibility

Weight regulation

Bone development

Posture

Skillful moving

Mental alertness

Active lifestyle habits

Constructive use of leisure time

Enthusiasm for learning

Self-esteem

Interpersonal relationships

Independence

 

The Physical Education Curriculum

Listed below are some of the major content areas and some activities:

Movement Education

  • Throwing and catching
  • Striking skills
  • Juggling
  • Locomotor/non-locomotor skills


Fitness

  • Fitness activities
  • Jumping rope
  • Learning about our heart and lungs

 Sport skills

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

 Rhythms/Dance

  • Basic rhythm activities
  • Simple line dances
  • Folk dances

 Gymnastics/Tumbling

  • Basic tumbling

 Games

  • Tag games
  • Simple team games


Fitness Facts

  • About 40% of children between 5 and 8 show at least one risk factor for heart disease
  • 28% of kids between 7 and 12 have high blood pressure
  • Less than 50% of kids between 10 and 18 stay active during the winter months
  • As many as 1/3 of kids over 12 have high cholesterol levels
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  • Cardiovascular disease starts by 1st grade!
  • Kids only spend 2% of their time working their hearts at the proper level; they should be spending 8%.
  • At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day is a good beginning goal.  Activities of moderate intensity such as walking briskly or biking are excellent.  Make this a family affair!

 

 

Mr. Becker 

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone:  309-284-4079

About Mr. Becker
Mr. B. began teaching in Morton during the 1993-94 school year. Prior to coming to Morton he taught one year in East Aurora. He is the Morton's head girl's basketball coach, having started in 1998.  He also is the sophomore assistant football coach.  He is married to Evelyn and they have three energetic kids, Bobby, Josi, and Maddy.

Mission for the Classes
Mr. Becker wants all children to enjoy physical education.  Each day he tries to plan activities that are fun and promote action.  His goal is to have all of his students moving and having a great time.  If each child leaves his class feeling good about themselves and having pink cheeks and sweaty foreheads, his lesson has been successful.

 

Ms. DeBoer

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Music

The music program at LincolnElementary School is designed to teach the students about the general concepts of music: rhythm, melody and harmony, form, instrumentation, and much more. The students, regardless of age or ability, will learn theses concepts through interactions such as singing, dancing, clapping, and playing instruments.

When the students are in sixth grade, they may join orchestra and band programs.  They will be given weekly lessons at Lincoln.  Those students also practice three times a week before school at the junior high from 7:45 to 8:45 and receive a bus ride back to Lincoln after their practices. 

Fifth and sixth grade students may also be a part of the fifth and sixth grade chorus.  These students practice after school once a week at Bertha Frank.  They will get a ride from Lincoln, but must be picked up after the practice. All three groups give at least 2 concerts per year. 

Other elementary performance programs at Lincoln include the following:

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd holiday program (usually the beginning of December)
  • 4th and 5th grade recorder and other added instrument program (usually in February) 
  • 6th grade musical/play (usually the end of October) 

Music is a fun, educational, and interactive program at LincolnElementary School.

 

Mr. Rocke

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Mr. Rocke teaches general music at Lincoln and Lettie Brown Elementary Schools. He also directs the Morton Elementary Chorus, which is made up of 5th and 6th grade students from all over the district. He spends a great deal of time in the world of music both at work and at play. He lives in Eureka with his wife, Meg, two sons, Gabe and Elias and daughter, Cadence. In his spare time he golfs and works on his Master’s degree as a student at Illinois State University.

He also, apparently, enjoys talking about himself in the third person.

The Computer Lab

We live in a technologically advanced world.  Computers and other media have found a place in nearly every part of life. The Lincoln computer lab is dedicated to helping students receive an introduction to this technology and provide them with the basic technology skills needed to succeed in their education.

While in the computer lab, students are introduced to the basic components of the computer system, as well as, basic computer technology appropriate for individual grade levels. Students are expected to handle the computer equipment with care and are taught proper hand and body positioning while using the computer.

Special precautions are taken by the district and school to ensure children are protected when using the Internet.

Teachers are continually integrating technology in the classroom. Beginning in second grade, students are introduced to keyboarding (some call it typing) in the computer lab. They continue to improve their keyboarding skills through sixth grade. These skills are applied to various class projects. With the use of word processing, spreadsheets, publishing software and the Internet, all Lincoln students use the computer year-round!

Lincoln students are also provided opportunities to use software programs that are fun and educational. Many enjoy creating drawings on the picture-making program. Contact Mrs. Mylott at Lincoln if you wish to know a full list of the software titles used at the school.

The district technology staff has developed a great website for Lincoln that is full of useful, fun and informative links. Teachers and students use the district site often in the classroom and lab.

We are looking forward to a successful year of learning!

 

Mrs. Dodson                                              

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