K – 12 assignments… Famous Last Words and Exercise Demo

Visual assignment

‘Famous Last Words’

For this assignment I want students to think of a historical figure, do a internet search for an image of this figure and create a meme in which the person expresses their last words. When thinking of what this person’s last words could be use the basis of what they were known for and accomplished in their lifetime.

The learning objective of this assignment is to research a historical figure and their impact on this world.  Through this research the student is to then reflect on what this persons last words to the world would be.  From this assignments student learn in depth on a historical figure and how they effected history also they will put themselves in that person’s shoes by thinking what that person’s last words may be.


Theodore Roosevelt

Also in this assignment I would have students give a brief explanation as to why they think this person would say what they said.  As for Theodore Roosevelt, he was a man that believed in a life of hard work, strength and toil as the only means to achievement.


Video Assignment

’60 Second Exercise Demo’

This assignment is designed with physical education in mind, I want students to record a 60 second video of themselves demonstrating a particular exercise.  Students can choose any exercise they want and in the video students must: 1 – introduce the exercise (equipment, positioning, technique, etc.), 2 – Demonstrate a few reps of the exercise, 3 – Explain the muscles worked and the benefits of the exercise.

The learning objective of this exercise is to not only encourage students to be active but to know the effect of the exercises they are doing.  I want students to be knowledgeable enough in the exercise they are performing that they can teach it to others.  This is a great assignment for teenagers as it encourages exercise and allows them to implement technology which will engage them both mentally & physically in a PE unit.


After this assignment I would encourage students to reflect on their work, what went well, what went wrong or how they would do it again.  As in the case of my video I would try to eliminate background noise and be more specific with how to perform the exercise.  I enjoyed the assignment, just need to tighten the video up.  Overall I think this would be a cool assignment for adolescents as it fosters independence and a dedication to their health & fitness.  They can learn from the assignment and help others learn from it too.



8 thoughts on “K – 12 assignments… Famous Last Words and Exercise Demo

  1. This post of yours is very meaningful. Love the visual part of your assignment and how you came up with the idea of an image of a person expressing their last words.
    Your video is greatly done also, Great Post!

    • I thought the video was ok but the background noise was distracting, I couldnt get the staff to turn the volume down on the TV’s… and I said cardiovascular endurance when I meant to say muscular endurance… also could have given a wider view of the exercise but these mistakes will help me when I do more videos as I think its pretty cool to share exercises, amybe some one will be motivated or learn from them….

  2. I agree the background noise was a little distracting, but it was out of your control. Overall I enjoyed the video. Maybe also give different angles of the exercise. But overall it was easy to understand and accurately done

  3. Nice choice of last word for president Theodore Roosevelt. From What I remember reading about him, he used to be very invested in martial arts and physical activity (strength) and to be a president like him required a lot of vigor and sacrifice.

  4. I like how you gave your understanding of Roosevelt’s last words and their significance. I see how this visual you used can relate to Physical Education, so great combination. Informative post!

  5. Awesome way of showing Roosevelt’s facial expression and the quote. The video shows how to conduct it in perfect form when doing the activity.

  6. I did not see this post before. Nice one…You are going to be a very good PE teacher coz you can relate everything to PE. Great post…

  7. I read a book about how Theodore Roosevelt helped “save” the sport of football back in its early beginnings, I learned a lot about early football and a lot about Roosevelt, he was a PE type president, really into sports & fitness. He has an interesting story to be learned…

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