Physical Best Activity Guide: Elementary Level, Third Edition,
presents fun activities that help students gain the knowledge, skills,
appreciation, and confidence they need to lead active, healthy lives,
regardless of physical and mental abilities or disabilities. It includes
instructions on adapting 78 activities for kids of all skill levels and
a CD-ROM with numerous reproducibles.
This comprehensive health-related fitness education program is back and better than ever!
Developed by top-level physical educators, this third edition will help students gain the knowledge, skills, appreciation, and confidence they need to lead active, healthy lives, regardless of physical and mental abilities or disabilities.
Physical Best Activity Guide: Elementary Level has been used with much success across the United States, and for good reason: The text contains 78 easy-to-use activities ranging from noncompetitive to competitive and less demanding to more demanding. It also includes activities that allow for maximum time on task. All the instructional activities address the national physical education standards, dance standards, or health standards.
This new edition retains the best activities from previous editions and offers new ones from outstanding teachers throughout the United States. You will learn how to adapt the activities for all children, regardless of skill level or ability. Students will also learn skills to help them set realistic goals, manage their activity levels, and remain healthy throughout their lives.
This text offers the following features:
A new chapter, “Combined-Component Training,” combines aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility into single activities.
A CD-ROM contains a wealth of reproducibles, including charts, posters, signs, station cards, handouts, and worksheets, many of which can be adapted to meet your needs.
A section of Internet resources helps you develop your own special events.
Physical Best Activity Guide: Elementary Level, developed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, can stand alone or be used in conjunction with Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness: The Physical Best Teacher’s Guide, Third Edition, and Physical Best: Middle and High School Level. It can also be used with Fitnessgram®/Activitygram®, an activity assessment and computerized reporting system, and Fitness for Life: Elementary School, a comprehensive program promoting lifetime health-related fitness.
Part I: Introduction Chapter 1. Teaching Elementary Health-Related Fitness
National Standards for Physical Education
National Health Education Standards
National Standards for Dance Education
Integrating Physical Best Into the Elementary Physical Education Curriculum
Physical Best Activity Template
Chapter 2. Introduction to Health-Related Fitness Concepts
Health-Related Fitness Versus Skill-Related Fitness
Inclusion in Physical Education
Principles of Training
Key Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents
The Activity Session
Part II: Activities Chapter 3. Aerobic Fitness
Defining Aerobic Fitness
Teaching Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness
Training Methods for Aerobic Fitness
Safety and Aerobic Fitness
Aerobic Fitness Newsletter
Chapter 4. Muscular Strength and Endurance
Defining Muscular Strength and Endurance
Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance
Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance
Motor Skill Development Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
Muscular Strength and Endurance Newsletter
Chapter 5. Flexibility
Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility
Training Methods for Flexibility
Motor Skill Development Through Flexibility Activities
Chapter 6. Body Composition
Defining Body Composition
Relating Body Composition to the Other Health-Related Components
Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition
Body Composition Resources on CD-ROM
Chapter 7. Combined-Component Training
Teaching Guidelines for Combining Health-Related Fitness Activities
Chapter 8. Special Events
About Physical Best
CD-ROM User Instructions
Reference for elementary school physical education teachers.
Supplemental text for physical education college methods courses as well
as Physical Best workshops and certification programs.
SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly
AAHPERD) — is the largest organization of physical educators
in the country, with close to 20,000 members. SHAPE America created the
first-ever K-12 physical education national standards; developed the
Let’s Move in School public awareness campaign to increase physical
activity before, during, and after school; and originated the Shape of
the Nation Report, which reviews the status of physical education across
the United States. Among its many partners, SHAPE America works with the
Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association, The
Cooper Institute, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative,
and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.