• 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. 
    Update March 30:
    Hi Boys and girls! I hope you are doing well and I miss seeing all of
    you in school! Today I added 15 very fun activities and games that
    you can try out. See which one you like best. I also left all the links
    that I added last week so you can refer to those as well. I hope you 
    all have a great day!
    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