Why was it popular in the 1960s, 1970s, and even into the 1980s? Who should know the movement education framework (MEF)? Why did its popularity fade, and where are we today? Who were the contributors to the beginnings of movement education?
Begin by selecting the body parts category card and placing it in the pocket chart. Depending on the developmental stage of your students, you may choose to create and place element cards for each of the body parts being covered in a lesson in the pocket chart, too. Learners at a higher developmental stage may not need this specificity. In that case, you may choose to bypass placing these element cards in the pocket chart and concentrate on providing a multitude of activities that use body
Location is the category title given to self- and general space, suggesting where the movement takes place. Self-space comprises each child’s individual working space, and general space is the total space you are providing the child for movement.
Teaching Movement Education: Foundations for Active Lifestyles will help you develop students’ movement skills, provide them with fun activities that will enable them to be successful in movement, and lay the foundation for healthful habits. It contains numerous tools and developmentally appropriate activities in the four basic movement concepts, along with three sets of lesson plans.
Movement skills give students the foundation for leading physically active, healthy lives. This book offers a perfect balance of knowledge base, pedagogy, and curriculum content—delivered with practical learning tools and activities—so you can help your students develop movement skills that foster healthful habits.
This theoretically sound resource has the following features:
A movement education tree with roots for the four basic movement concepts (body, space, effort, relationship)
A flip ’n’ fold listing of the four main concepts and their subcategories and elements, which you can easily store in your pocket or on a clipboard when teaching
A wealth of developmentally appropriate and fun movement education activities with which you can teach the fundamentals of movement education
Engaging KinetiKidz characters that demonstrate technically correct form for 121 movement elements and that help children move more, feel good, and think better
In section 1, authors Karen Weiller Abels and Jennifer Bridges introduce you to the history and philosophy of movement education and guide you through the movement education framework that you can use in your teaching. You explore how to teach movement skills and are supplied with fresh and creative ideas to incorporate movement teaching into your classes.
In section 2, part I, you move from learning about movement education to incorporating it into your classes. Here, you learn how to teach the four basic movement concepts and their related elements through 166 activities in the four concept areas. Section 2, part II supplies 6 educational games lesson plans, 6 educational gymnastics lesson plans, and 5 educational dance lesson plans.
Teaching Movement Education offers a complete framework to help your students build their movement skills and, in the process, enjoy being active throughout their lives.
Activity and Lesson Finder
Section 1: Introduction to Movement Education Chapter 1. History and Philosophy of Movement Education Chapter 2. Movement Education Framework Content Chapter 3. Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Assessment Chapter 4. Foundation for an Active Lifestyle Chapter 5. Innovative Teaching Ideas for Movement Education Chapter 6. Activity Analysis: Application to the Movement Education Framework
Section 2: Teaching Movement Education Part I: Movement Concept Activities Chapter 7. Body Activities Chapter 8. Space Activities Chapter 9. Effort Activities Chapter 10. Relationships Activities
Part II: Core Content Area Lessons Chapter 11. Teaching Educational Games Chapter 12. Teaching Educational Gymnastics Chapter 13. Teaching Educational Dance
Appendix A: The Flip ’n’ Fold
Appendix B: Resources for Teaching the Movement Education Framework
Glossary of Movement Education Terms
Glosario en Español de Terminología Educativa de Movimiento
About the Authors
Activity and lesson plan book for elementary physical education teachers. Text and reference for classroom elementary teachers and candidates, PETE candidates, and movement education courses. Reference for PE administrators.
Karen Weiller Abels, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of North Texas in Denton. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, including teaching elementary physical education. She has developed and taught many courses at the collegiate level that focus on teacher preparation, particularly in movement education.
Dr. Abels coauthored selections of the Children Moving ancillary materials and helped shoot, edit, and design 20 live-action video analysis activities covering all four developmental levels. She also codeveloped the flip ’n’ fold movement education document that serves as a quick reference for teachers and children.
She has coauthored many articles related to teaching elementary physical education and served as the Southern District representative for the Council on Physical Education for Children.
Dr. Abels enjoys running, weightlifting, spending time with her family, and taking her two dachshunds for walks.
Jennifer M. Bridges, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Services at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan. For more than 20 years she has taught motor development, motor learning, movement fundamentals, and dance to preservice majors in physical education teacher education. She also held the ACSM health fitness specialist certification for 15 years.
Dr. Bridges has coauthored portions of the well-known Children Moving ancillary materials, which involved shooting, editing, and designing 20 live-action movement analysis activities covering all four motor development levels for the online interactive ancillary video set. In addition, she developed the electronic, animated Movement Analysis E-Wheel based on the handheld manipulative wheel she adapted from the early work of Dr. Graham. This work led her to codevelop the manipulative document, presented in this text, called the flip ’n’ fold, which presents the movement education framework as a practical reference for teachers and children.
In her leisure time, Dr. Bridges enjoys being active with her family in a variety of outdoor pursuits, playing competitive badminton, and developing innovations.