• Welcome to Mr. Backlunds Page!
    Please visit often for links and ideas to stay active especially during 
    school closures. 
    Also please visit the Spanish, Music, Library
    and Art sites as well.
    May 26 - Good morning Girls and Boys, I hope you had a great Memorial
    Day Weekend! Today on my resources and links page I have added a link:
    22 great fitness ideas to do at home. There are a lot of great activities to do...
    please go and check them out!
    May 27 - Today I found a link with an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt on it. It looks 
    very fun! Please print out the list and feel free to make any changes that
    you would like. Use the list as a guide. Now go out and see what you can find!
    May 28 - Hi Boys and Girls today I added Fun and Simple Stretches for Kids
    to my Resources and Links page. I think if used often these simple stretches
    can really help you feel better throughout your day. Please go and give it a try!
    May 29 - Happy Friday everyone! For today I will give you a free choice day.
    Feel free to do any activity that you gets you up and moving whether it's
    indoor or outdoor. Just no video games please. Have a great weekend! 
    Do your BEST!
    Welcome to my web page and the 2019-2020 school year. Units that my classes will be covering in P.E. this fall are: Running, Football, Soccer and Fitness Testing. In the Winter we will be inside playing Volleyball, Badminton, Floor Hockey, Basketball, and completing the second round of Fitness Testing. We will complete the year in the Spring with 4th-grade swim, while the 3rd and 5th graders will be playing Frisbee games including Frisbee Golf (on the Frisbee Golf Course on the back field behind Alden), and Ultimate Frisbee (ball). When the Frisbee unit is completed we begin our Field Day Games unit including Capture the Flag, Speed Ball, Kick Ball, and Relay Races. Please consider taking your family to the Frisbee golf course to get outside and play together on the weekend or after school as it is open to the public during non-school hours.
    Regarding Fitness Testing, we have moved over to Fitness gram over the past several years from the Presidential Fitness Test. The reason we did this is that most of the U.S. made the change as well and Fitnessgram creates a less competitive environment. Students now compete against their own personal best scores, rather than an 85% score from across the country. Researchers believe that scoring students against their own personal best is more motivating for most than going up against students from around the country. The thought is that students will develop better personal fitness habits and therefore become better Fit for Life! The other great thing about Fitnessgram is that we will be able to track students' scores from K-8. This way every child in the whole school district will be able to see their own personal improvement. Fitnessgram components that will be tracked are: Curl ups, Pacer Test, Push-ups, Sit and reach, and Shoulder stretch. 
    Finally, I want all parents and students to understand my class expectations and how students earn their grade. Simply put, students earn their grade by their effort and behavior. My expectation for every student is that they try their best and behave properly in every class. This includes wearing proper clothes and sneakers to all P.E. classes. My rubric for grading is below:
                  Consistent great effort and behavior = P (Proficient)
                  Strong effort and behavior = A (Approaching)
                  Needs better effort and improved behavior = D (Developing)
                  Rarely on task and poor effort = B (Beginning)
    Thank you for visiting my web page. I will be adding Links, pictures and short videos throughout the year. Please come back to see additions, updates, and improvements.


    Doug Backlund
    Alden Physical Education Grades 3-5