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About Me

Teaching P.E. is my passion! It has been my all time favorite subject. I love to go trail running, paddle boarding, swimming, and enjoy the great outdoors with my husband, kids, and dog. My love for travel lead me to a degree in International Relations from UC Davis. After a career in sales, I returned to school for credentials in multiple subject teaching and Physical Education. 

 

My mission is to teach ALL children how to live a balanced and active lifestyle, by staying mentally fit, being lifelong curious learners, eating well, and being kind to others.

Teacher and Parent's Corner

Teachers and Parents:

WHAT'S PHYSICAL LITERACY?

1. Physical Literacy Defined

1b. Forum 1:  Physical Literacy and Early Childhood, Middlesex, Canada

1c. Forum 2:  Physical Literacy

1c. Forum 3:  Physical Literacy

2.  Fundamental Movement Skills: Moving Towards Physical Literacy

 

FYI: I have GOOGLE CLASSROOM for fourth and fifth graders

I'm currently working on creating assignments. This is a new thing for me! I'm excited to become more tech savvy.

 

Parents: Family Time Fitness: Online Health Classes and Programs for your Family

 

Parents: Make Sure Your Child IS PHYSICALLY LITERATE

 

Students: STUDENT QUIZZES: How the body works, Muscles, Bones, Digestive System, etc.

 

Students: RECIPES for KIDS to cook 

THE NURTURED HEART APPROACH

 

I've been practicing this behavior management approach. It's very positive and effective.

I recommend this to every teacher and parent.

 

Nurtured Heart Approach

Current Assignments

Michelle Cabrita

EXERCISE IS LIKE MIRACLE GROW FOR THE BRAIN- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark 

 

Your strongest muscle & worst enemy is your mind. TRAIN IT WELL.

 

"Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." John F. Kennedy

Please visit my Google Site for more activities to do P.E. from home.

 

Dear Tassajara Hills Family-

 

I miss you and hope during this time away from school you are enjoying family time and staying active. Below are some recommendations and resources to keep you moving. Keep it simple! You can work independently or teach your family some of the fun activities we do in P.E. and encourage participation from everyone. We are all in this together and we all need to be active. If possible, try to get outside for a quick jog or brisk walk. Stay local!  

 

Like in class, do some warm ups (dynamic stretches), an activity to raise your heart rate and then a cool down (stationary stretches, yoga etc.). Choose anything below or something you’d like but try to incorporate the 5 components of fitness that we talk about; muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance (5th graders you can work on those areas that you have been tested on already or will be tested on).

The goal is 30 movement minutes a day or more.

 

Please visit my Google Site for at home P.E.activities, question of the day,logging exercise, and posting exercise pictures!!!

 

https://sites.google.com/srvusd.net/p-e-with-coach-cabrita/home

 

Make the most of these historic circumstances and stay active!

 

Coach Cabrita

 

Warm up

Coach C’s Crazy 8’s

High Knees or knee hugs

Heel kicks or butt kickers

Galloping, skipping, shuffling, or kareoke

Monster kicks or Super Marios (high knee skips)

Forward lunges or walking squats

Crab walk or Frog jumps

Curl ups, Russian twists and Leg lifts 

Push ups, shoulder taps or planks

Jumping Jacks, Jumping Jills and Jumping Jack and Jills

 

Activity- Get your heart rate up!

 

Here are a few links to get you started:

https://darebee.com/workouts/quick-hiit-workout.html

 

Or review a few things we have done this year:

Jump rope or jump over a crack in the sidewalk (1 minute per grade- 3x)

Throw/release and catch ~ for example, a tennis ball against the wall or with a partner (first graders remember - opposite foot forward). 

Practice your hand dribbling skills (dominant hand, non-dominant hand)

Practice your foot dribbling skills (dominant foot, non-dominant foot)


 

Cool down

Stretches: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/5070/youth-fitness-cool-down-and-stretch/

Sun Salutations: https://youngyogisacademy.com/sun-salutations-for-kids/

CosmicKidsYoga:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIBz0IdOFiQ&list=PL8snGkhBF7njTT4a7uqDiUB1qPBI4ZOBL


 

Additional resources from our professional organizations:

Active Home Resources from OPEN Phys Ed

PEACEMAKER INFORMATION CENTER

OUR AMAZING PEACEMAKERS...

 

Third Grade: 

Ajay, Corianna , Priyanka, Austin, Yazmine, Ian, Dillon, Lily, Catalina, Juliette, Jack, Nathan, Olivia, Colin, Lillie, Saina, and Hayden.

 

Fourth Grade: 

Anna, Ehab, Erin, Ellie, Yuvraj, Margaux, Hailey, Zann, Kellen, and Emilia

 

Fifth Grade:

Caden, Sahana, Evan, Levi, Jonathan, JulieAnn, and Ben

 

 

 

Follow-Up Monthly Meetings

The following days are from 1:00pm-1:30pm

 

 

April 29@ 1:00-1:30

 

May 27 @ 1:00-2:30 tentative- Peacemaker Pizza Party and treats from 1:00-2:30  (This will be an end of year celebration!) 

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER TO PREPARE FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Hello! Welcome back to school! I am so thrilled to be at Tassajara Hills! Please make sure your child is ready to roll for P.E. class...

 

1. BRING A WATER BOTTLE -

 *Label it with their name and classroom; Harper Hawk  Rm. 2 (students may rehydrate anytime).

2. WEAR PROPER EXERCISE ATTIRE- flexible, breathable, dress in layers (label jackets- first and last name). * dry fit, shorts, t-shirt, long sleeve if chilly, but wear a shirt underneath, NO sandals, and NO boots, please.

3. WEAR a hat, sunscreen, and sun glasses (optional) on P.E. days.

4. WEAR athletic shoes with laces or Velcro; they have great support and they won't fall off when running.

5. HAVE a POSITIVE ATTITUDE! 

6. BE SAFE, HAVE FUN, LISTEN AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!

Thank you for coming to class prepared!

WHAT DO WE LEARN IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION?

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER:

 

- Learning procedures, class expectations, practice new skills, and getting to know you, and more!

- Team building and cooperative activities on the field/ blacktop

Students will learn playground games like hopscotch,kick ball skills, gaga ball, tether ball, four square, spider/ switch, and wall ball.

- Flag Football

- Lacrosse.  We had a professional LAX player, BJ Grill teach a fun lacrosse game and he shared his story about how he got into lacrosse and info on the PLL. SIGN UPS for SCORPION lacrosse opened on Oct.1, 2019.

- Bocce ball and basic scoring. 

 

Skills: SEL- social emotional learning- being a respectful, responsible, and kind classmate.  Teamwork skills- assisting others,communicating, assessing oneself and teammates, practicing good sportsmanship. Underhand, overhand throwing and catching, chasing/ fleeing, and cooperative games.

 

OCTOBER- NOVEMBER- DECEMBER:

 

STUDENTS WILL LEARN  dribbling, kicking, passing, shooting skills and more in sports like soccer, hockey, basketball, as well as other fun team games. Dance, rhythm and movement. (Tent. -Assimilated stand up paddle boarding).

SPEED STACKING: we will join in the fun and work on breaking a WORLD RECORD on number of speed stackers at the same time on November. We are hoping to break last year's record in 2018.

ORDER YOUR SPEED STACKS AT SCHOOL $20-$25 The funds go towards buying Speed Stack Equipment.

 

JANUARY- FEBRUARY - MARCH: 

 

Cup stacking, juggling scarves, balance, basic tumbling skills- log roll, army crawl, forward roll, bear walk, and depending on the weather indoor fitness activities, work on fitness cards- assessing push ups, curl ups, sit and reach, trunk lift, and cardiovascular fitness.

 

 

PARENTS: You have an open invitation to join us in P.E. Also, if you have experience coaching, playing professionally, or personal training in soccer, hockey, lacrosse, football, nutrition, fitness training, dance, etc. I'd love to collaborate with you!

 

Please contact me!

 

Sincerely,

Coach Cabrita

 

P.E. Motto- Eat Right, Stay Fit, Work Hard, Never Quit, Brain Wise, Safety Smart, Live Strong for a Healthy Heart!

P.E. Motto-

SET GOALS! WORK HARD! DON'T QUIT! Learn from Olympians

Two Hurdlers, One Olympic Dream: Tia & Damian

 

Olympians Share Their Tips on Achieving Goals

 

 

Activities that your child will experience in PhysEd:

  • key elements of an overhand and underhand throw, kicking (soccer skills), dribbling a soccer ball, basketball skills, baseball/ softball skills- batting practice, pitching practice.
  • locomotor skills- jogging, leaping, hopping, skipping, sliding, side shuffle, skipping, galloping, running, sprinting, long distance running.
  • tennis- ball balancing, bounce ups/ downs, aiming the ball, racket angle, practicing returning the ball to a partner, serving,
  • playground games: kickball, tether ball, hopscotch, jump roping (tricks and skills), wall ball, four square, and more!
  • fitness stations: lifting weights (kettle bells), rope whips, balance beam/ balance pods, walking on stilts, pogo sticks, scootering, jumping jacks, planks, crazy 8s and more!
  • fifth grade- Fitnessgram Testing (February- May)
  • other skills we've practiced in the past: Lacrosse- passing and catching, Bowling, dancing- rhythm and movement, cooperative skills- parachute, kindness tag, communication skills, lessons on optimism, being respectful, a good sport, and team player.
  • Cricket, bocce ball, volley ball, team hand ball, hockey, and the First Tee Golf.

 

BASKETBALL: We moved onto basketball after this game. We're covering dribbling, the anatomy of a court- side lines, base lines, key, jump circle, centerline, foul line, passing- bounce pass, chest pass, overhead pass, shooting- BEEF- Bend knees, Elbow in, Extend, Follow through.

Students will learn the classic playground/ basketball games like HORSE, Around the World, Poison, and Knock out, as well as scrimmaging in the upper grades.

Practice shooting and dribbling everyday! You'll see a great difference!

Most of all HAVE FUN!!!

 

How much physical activity do children need?

Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.

This may sound like a lot, but don’t worry! You’ll soon  encourage your child to participate in activities that are age-appropriate, enjoyable and offer variety!

Just make sure your child or adolescent is doing three types of physical activity:

1. Aerobic Activity

 

Aerobic activity should make up most of your child’s 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week.

2. Muscle Strengthening

 

Include muscle strengthening activities, such as gymnastics, sit ups or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes.

3. Bone Strengthening

 

Include bone strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or running, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes

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Parent and Teacher's Corner - What's Physical Literacy?

Physical Literacy defined.

 

GET PHYSICALLY EDUCATED

EXERCISE IS LIKE

MIRACLE GROW

FOR THE BRAIN

 

TED Talks

 

WANT SMARTER, HEALTHIER KIDS?

TRY PHYSICAL EDUCATION...

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