Prison dodge ball is a great game
Prison dodge ball is a great game to play at P.E. The
object of the game is to try to not get hit with a rubber ball anywhere
below the waist. You are separated into two equal-sized teams at the
beginning of the game. Then your team tries to hit people with balls and
tries to get them out! You get them out by hitting them with the balls.
It's fun to play but, the only hard part is being in jail. You see if you
get hit with the rubber ball you go to jail, the jail is on the other side
of the opponents parts of the court. The only way to get out is that a
person on your team throws a ball to you and you hit someone on the
opposite team. Then the person you hit is out and you return to your team.
I recommend playing in a basketball court.
--Carla Mendoza, Grade 5
Play Hammer Hammer
The game Hammer Hammer is getting better and we need more
people to play it. If everyone plays it will be more fun. Talk to Jin-Jay,
Buck or Aki, if you want to play at Nixon School. Hammer Hammer is a game
where the nails are chased by the hammer. The hammer is a tagger. There are
bases for nails and the free hammer frees the nails. It is really fun, come
out and play. You should try it.
--Buck Landstrass, Grade 3
Sports are fun, if you like them
Well, I think that handball is liked more by the
fourth-grade class, A-2. Twelve kids like handball. I don't know why.
Because I don't really like it, handball is not really fun for me, but I
play it. Seven kids like soccer, and seven kids like football. I like
soccer and football and rounders. No one likes rounders. Well, sometimes
kids play it, but they don't like it. Sometimes I play it, but I don't
really like it. One person in our classroom likes basketball. Well, I watch
it on TV, but I don't play because I can't really play it, but it's fun to
watch on TV. I think that all sports can be fun if you like them.
--Cynthia Prieto, Grade 4
Recess at Nixon
The kids at Nixon School play at recess and lunch. At
recess and lunch, they play handball, soccer, football and many other
games. They play games on the playground (either on the blacktop or the
field). They play games because they are fun to play and they want to take
a break from class. Recess starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 1020 a.m.
--Lucy Lanza, Sasha Pasko and Yuko Waki, Grade 3
Recess ball games
Students at Nixon play all kinds of games during recess.
The most popular are football, handball, soccer, basketball and rounders.
All of these games are fun to play because a lot of kids like to play these
games. We interviewed one class from each grade. We found that 28 students
like to play football, 33 students like to play soccer, 16 students like to
play handball, 16 students like to play basketball and 5 students like to
play rounders. Usually the older students play with the older students and
the younger ones stick with the younger ones.
--Jose Ayala, John Lambert and Hanspreet Sandhu, Grade 3
Touchdown, basket, score!
Swish, swoosh, through the hoop! What kinds of P.E. sports
do Nixon students like the most? From my own experience and a survey I did
asking what kids like in P.E., it has to be a toss up of handball,
basketball and football. The following fifth-graders shared these thoughts
with me about P.E.
Jamie Gamble said, "I like basketball the most because they put us
in groups of advanced or intermediate."
P.J. McGranahan said, "I like football because I like running
around and scoring points."
Atara Santis told me, "I like hockey because it is fun to guard the
Liz Wise said, "I like getting fit."
--Ken Martinez, Grade 5
Handball at recess
Mark Ustinov plays handball at recess on the little kids'
handball court. Ustinov plays handball with his friends, Eric Stewart and
Emil Bergner at recess and lunch. You play the game handball by letting the
ball bounce once on the ground and hit the board and you play until
somebody makes the ball bounce twice.
--Eric Stewart, Grade 3
Students' favorite sports are soccer, football and
Soccer, football and handball are the fourth-grade
students' favorite sports at Nixon Elementary School. The students in room
A2 voted on which sport they liked best. Seven people chose football, six
people chose soccer, and 12 people chose handball. I would say handball is
the most-liked sport of the students in room A2 and soccer is their least
I think more people chose handball because it is more popular to
play at recess and familiar to most of the students at the school. I think
soccer was picked as the least favorite because soccer is not liked by
girls due to the fact that that they can get muddy or can slip while
playing. However, I believe that all these activities are very fun and I
look forward to playing them every day.
--Jane Rue, Grade 4
Recess time sports range from handball to rounders
At recess time, the Nixon kids play all kinds of games,
like handball, basketball, soccer, rounders and football. The kids play in
different places, too. They play handball, basketball, and rounders on the
blacktop. On the grass field they play soccer and football, when the grass
is not wet. The students are usually happy and excited during the recess
time, but not always. Even though there are many basketball hoops and
handball courts, it still seems like it's not enough.
"People play football on basketball courts," said Jimmy, a
fifth-grade student. He added, "Also, people don't agree on the
"Sometimes all the handball courts are bombed, and they all have
the same exact rules. Why don't they just play together? There should be
more handball courts," said Andy Ball, another fifth-grade student.
--Yan Yan, Grade 5
Favorite recess activities
What are Nixon School students' favorite recess activities?
Some of us like to play sports like handball, basketball, football, soccer,
and rounders. Some of us like to spend our time by walking, talking, or
going to our library to read or play on the computer.
In a survey of 15 fifth-graders, three students each preferred
handball, football and games. No one preferred soccer, basketball,
stickers, library or rounders. Six students preferred walking and talking
with their friends. The following fifth-graders gave these comments about
Monika Williams said: "I like to talk to my friends because it's
better than getting hot and sweaty."
Johan Christensen said, "I like football because it's
Eliana Mendoza said, "Handball is my favorite sport at school."
--Atara Santis, Grade 5
Knock out is a popular game
Knock out is a game which a lot of people play. The way you
play knock out is there is a line of people and the first person and the
second person in line both shoot a ball, if the first person in line gets
the ball in before the second person he gives the ball to the next person
in line. The way to get someone out is if the second person in line gets
the ball in the basket before the first person in line.
--Jimmy Shoven, Grade 5
Aggressive skating is a very popular sport. There are many
different combinations for grinding, such as back slide acid or a fish
brain. There are many groups of skaters, they all skate together in a big
group. Most of the time, grinding blades are very expensive. Most grinding
blades cost from $150 to $350. There is now a rule that when you grind, you
must have a helmet on or you must take your blades off and leave the place
where you are grinding.
Usually, people grind at Stanford. It is a good place to grind
because they have everything to grind on, like curbs, rails, sidewalks and
stairs. But the main reason they come to grind at Stanford is there is a
very big campus so there is more space where people can grind. But there is
a disadvantage to grinding: you can get hurt easily, but if you know how to
grind it is harder to get hurt because you have practice grinding.
--Dylan Stewart, Grade 5
Stanford wins against Washington
Both these teams really wanted to win. Both teams had
worked very hard and never gave up. Washington was very disappointed
because they lost. The stadium was very big and many people were there. In
fact, the bleachers were covered. I wanted Stanford to win and they did. I
was very excited.
--Sophia Hifai, Grade 3
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