Specialist Blog: CTF!

News from the Integrated Subjects program

October 23, 2017

It Isn’t Just Simple Tag Anymore!

by Molly Liston | P.E. and Health Teacher
What a crazy, fun adventure this year has been so far in Physical Education class! The kids have been involved in many fun warm-up games and have progressed their skills dramatically. They have been involved in a few different units so far including soccer, games in the woods, football, kickball, and a plethora of games to get them running and moving their bodies. Ask them about some of these games and watch them excitedly explain the rules: Fruit Salad, Fire and Ice, Dead Ant Tag, Hot Dog Tag, Park Ranger, Bulldog, Triangle Tag, Unicorns and Rainbows, Builders and Destroyers, The Grinch Stole Christmas, Tic-Tac-Toe Relay, Sprout, Dog Pound, Blob Tag, Watch Your Back Tag, Rakes and Leaves, Vampire Tag, and Get the Garbage Out of Your Yard. Each game not only gets the kids running and moving, but also works on key gross motor skills that will help them increase their skills and become a better teammate.

The kids seem to be fixated on playing Capture the Flag, or CTF as they most affectionately call it. I love playing it too, so I decided to do some research on what the major appeal is and just how it benefits its’ players. There are a plethora of articles and studies out there, but the one that intrigued me the most was written by a Middle School student and turned into a Prezi presentation. Her argument is strong, and I’m wondering if she was able to convince her PE teacher to continue playing CTF in class!

Capture the Flag
By Georgia Shay

​Capture the Flag is a game in which two teams compete, each one attempting to obtain the opposing team’s flag and prevent that team from stealing their flag.
Benefits: Capture the Flag has many health and fitness benefits associated with it. By playing this game, cardiovascular endurance, agility, coordination, reaction time, and speed can be improved.
Fitness Benefits : Capture the Flag improves agility, because you need to rapidly move to different locations in the play area to defend the flag and pursue the obtainment of the opposing team’s flag. Capture the Flag improves coordination, because many different movements are involved in capture the flag and legs especially need to respond quickly to visual cues. Capture the Flag improves reaction time because if someone begins to chase you, or someone enters your team’s area, in order to avoid getting tagged or allowing someone to take the flag, you need to quickly respond. Capture the Flag improves speed because one needs to run fast to evade being caught and catch up with someone attempting to take the flag.
Social Interaction: Relationships: Teamwork is required in Capture the Flag. Team members must work together to develop strategies and assign roles. Effective team cooperation creates desired results. If teamwork is not displayed, team members will most likely eventually learn that cooperation is key. If team members cooperate they can achieve more. By assigning specific roles to different players, more can be accomplished in an orderly manner. Individuals may have good ideas, and if team members work together, such strategies can help to win the game.
Social Interaction and Self Expression: Capture the Flag allows players to express themselves through the game and build stronger relationships with their teammates as well as learn how to effectively cooperate.
Self-expression: Capture the Flag allows you to express their thoughts and feelings. Your ideas and creativity are reflected through strategies. Personality can be shown through the role they are currently playing in the game. Confidence and determination can be expressed by going to get the flag, helpfulness by defending the flag, and thoughtfulness by helping others get out of jail.
Health Benefits: Capture the Flag improves cardiovascular endurance. Running to avoid being tagged or tagging another in the game strengthens your cardiovascular muscles because of the vigorous activity. More blood needs to be pumped throughout the body faster. There are many skills used in Capture the Flag. These include chasing, fleeing, and dodging. You need to be able to chase another player to tag them if they have the flag. You also need to be able to run quickly away from someone who is chasing you. You need to be able to dodge others when you are running, especially on the opposing team’s side. Evasive techniques like these help one not to get caught and to therefore end up in jail less frequently.
Enjoyment: Capture the Flag can be a very enjoyable activity. It can be very exciting because of the moments when you are chasing an opposing team member, sneaking to the other side, or being chased by someone. It can be fun to see strategies working. It is also very exciting the moment when you are running to your side with the flag. Capture the Flag can be played almost anywhere. As long as boundaries that are mostly equal can be defined, and play area is not too small, it can be played. There aren’t many costs to playing capture the flag. The only things needed are enough people, a play area, and the flags. The flags can be anything, as long as they are relatively easy to spot and the flags for both teams are similar or of similar sizes.

Importance and Value: I think that capture the flag is important and that it has value. It teaches cooperation and involves physical activity. It can also require different types of thinking. I think Capture the Flag is valuable because it helps to teach cooperation amongst team members while boosting physical activity and improving important elements of health and fitness such as cardiovascular endurance and coordination. The health and fitness benefits combined with the advance in teamwork and cooperation as a result of playing the game make a valuable physical activity.

Love. ‘It’s complicated…’


And Don Pasquale finds out just how complicated when he meddles in a young couple’s true love! With the help of the clever Dr. Malatesta, the lovers devise a “be careful what you wish for” scheme to teach him a lesson – she marries him! Donizetti’s hilarious love triangle sparkles with virtuosity & humor. Fun for the entire family. Sung in Italian with English supertitles so you’ll understand every word and ALL the comedy! Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti with Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti is the first production in Anchorage Opera’s 2017-2018 Happily Ever After season, and PNA’s own Ms. Katie is in the chorus!

All shows are in the Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, 11/3/17 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, 11/4/17 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, 11/517 at 4:00 PM. 3rd through 8th graders are invited to a freel student performance as well. If interested, email Ms. Katie by Wednesday, October 25th for details.

Spanish Phrase of the Week!

The Spanish Phrase of the Week this week is:

“A Ver”

Pronounced: (AH  BEAR)

A Ver means “Let’s See” or “Show me”.

It’s a good way to start a sentence: “A ver, ¿vamos a Fred Meyer, o vamos a Carrs?”

(Let’s see . . . should we go to FM or Carr’s?)

Or a great show-me phrase.  “Yo termino mi trabajo”
“OK, a ver.”

(I finished my work.  — Ok, let’s see it.)

Art with Brenda Jaeger

All classes are well underway with images of Martin Luther King, Jr. The 7th/8th Grades Art Class is completing their masterpieces with an emphasis on drawing groups of people, on average twenty or more.

Student-Artists are drawing studies of hands, eyes, and other facial parts in order to better depict the expressions on the face.

Soon, we will start designs for our painting on canvas. Each student will have two canvases to work on. First they will design the first piece, and we will have a class discussion on how we go about working on the canvas with each design.

We will talk about other artists and how we can approach our canvases. It will be fun!

It’s hard to believe it’s already October, and almost November! I love working at PNA!