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Promoting Physical Fitness, Grades K-5

Classroom Resources that Reinforce the Benefits of Physical Fitness

Found In: Health & Phys. Ed.PreK-2, 3-5

Get active, stay fit and have fun doing it with sports, games, and activities described in the following lesson plans and resources.

Lesson Plans

Scooter Scramble
Students in grades K-2 are divided into teams with different color jerseys, use scooters to collect objects (only one at a time), and place the objects in a garbage can marked with their colored jersey.

Balance Stations
Students in grades K-2 practice different balancing skills at eight stations.

Survivor Island Field Day
Students in grades K-6 use teamwork and leadership skills to complete nine cooperative challenges.

Mission "Possible" Fitness
Students in grades 3-5 work in small groups to complete six different missions together.

Lesson Plan Collections
PE Central: Lesson Plans for Physical Education Teachers
A collection of more than 2000 K-12 health and physical education lessons and assessment ideas.

Games Kids Play
This site gives instructions for hundreds of outdoor activities. Included are traditional games and jump rope rhymes.

Cooperative Games: The Ultimate Camp Resource
72 games that encourage teamwork and active participation from everyone.

Background Resources

Sports History
History, rules and ho-to information, including field and court dimensions, for a variety of sports from bocce to volleyball.

Sports: The History and Evolution
Modern sports history, including influences on popular culture and politics, and the origins of various sports and sporting events.

History of Sports: A Quick History of Sports
Hockey, football, basketball, tennis, the Olympics, and ancient sports.

Streetplay.com: Stickball, handball, spaldeens, and more!
Documents city games. Includes galleries of photographs.

Tools

Today in Sport
Events, birthdays and deaths in sport for every day in history from a wide variety of sports.

Sports Coaching Skills
Videos and animations demonstrate 1,000s of coaching drills. Free membership and registration for individual sports.

Books

Find these materials online:

Cross-Curricular Connections with Sports
Books connecting sports to other disciplines for students in grades 2-12.

Find these reading materials at your school or local library:
  • Children's Games in Street and Playground: Chasing, Catching, Seeking, Hunting, Racing, Dueling, Exerting, Daring, Guessing, Acting, and Pretending
    By Iona and Peter Opie
    Floris Books (January 2009)
  • Children's Games with Things: Marbles, Fivestones, Throwing and Catching, Gambling, Hopscotch, Chucking and Pitching, Ball-Bouncing, Skipping, Tops and Tipcat
    By Iona and Peter Opie
    Oxford University Press, USA (April 23, 1998)
  • The Lore of the Playground: One Hundred Years of Children's Games, Rhymes and Traditions
    By Steve Roud
    Random House UK (November 1, 2010)
  • The New Games
    By New Games Foundation
    Main Street Books (September 8, 1976)
  • More New Games
    By New games Foundation
    Main Street Books (September 9, 1981)
  • Best New Games
    By Dale Lefevre
    Human Kinetics; 1 edition (November 5, 2001)
  • Kick the Can, and over 800 Other Active Games and Sports for All Ages
    By Darwin Hindman
    Pearson Prentice Hall (March 1978)

Multimedia

    Last Updated: April 19, 2017

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