Walking is a lifetime fitness activity that’s easy to incorporate into classes, but many teachers dread the moans and groans of students who find walking boring. Walking Games and Activities can change those negative reactions! Students of every age respond with enthusiasm to games such as Coyotes and Roadrunners, Beat That Lap, and the many other fun and challenging activities this book presents.
Walking Games and Activities is the first book to combine the concepts of fitness and walking as a vehicle for games. It’s a one-stop shop for teachers and activity leaders who want to teach walking in a fun way but aren’t sure how to begin.
This book provides 40 practical, easy-to-teach walking games and activities, including
learning activities that reinforce basic health, nutrition, and safety concepts;
games that combine fitness and problem solving;
games that emphasize cooperation; and
highly aerobic games.
The book reduces teacher preparation time by providing detailed instructions, teaching tips, pre-planned units, sample walking units, mini-lectures on topics such as walking form and nutrition, and tips for inclusion.
For each activity the book presents everything teachers need to implement a successful game:
Suggested grade levels
Instructions for organizing the students
Mini-lecture(s) that complement the game or activity
A step-by-step description of the playing area, rules and regulations, and scoring procedures
A worksheet with exercises for students to complete during or after the activity
Teaching tips and variations
The wide variety of games provides many ways to get students excited about walking. A game/activity finder at the front of the book makes it easy for teachers to find the right game for every situation. The games contain variations that teachers can use to fit different age categories; and the walking unit suggestions include guidelines for elementary, middle, high school, and college students.
Novice and experienced teachers at every level can use the fresh approach in Walking Games and Activities to keep students motivated by using walking to promote cooperation, friendly competition, fitness, and fun.
Chapter 1. Teaching Guidelines
Safety Tips • Tips for Inclusion • Sample Walking Units
Chapter 2. Mini-Lectures
Adjusting to the Environment • Benefits of Walking • Caloric Expenditure • Choosing a Route • Equipment • FIT Principle • Maintaining Healthy Body Composition • Managing Stress • Motivation • Nutrition • Perceived Exertion • Race Walking • Staying With Your Program • Taking Your Pulse • Target Heart Rate Zone • Training Principles • Walking Technique • Walking Warm-Up and Cool-Down
Chapter 3. Walking Games and Activities
Aerobic Activities • Interval Activities • Classroom Activities
Sample Training Programs • Walking Log • About the Authors
Resource for K-12 physical education and classroom teachers, recreation leaders, and others who promote physical activity and fitness in children. Text for college-level activity courses. Text for walking and physical education pedagogy classes.
June I. Decker is a professor and chair of Wellness and Movement Sciences at Western New Mexico University. She has taught walking for 10 years and has been a competitive race walker for 15 years.
Decker received a PhD in curriculum and instruction in physical education from the University of New Mexico in 1985. A member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), she is former secretary of its Southwest District and a member and former president of the New Mexico Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NMAHPERD). In 1999 Decker received the Southwest District AAHPERD Honor Award and the NMAHPERD Professional Achievement Award. She is also chair of the board of directors for the New Mexico Senior Olympics.
Decker has delivered numerous presentations at the local, state, regional, and national levels—but she believes that her most important accomplishment is her teaching. A resident of Silver City, New Mexico, she enjoys hiking and playing golf and tennis.
Monica G. Mize is a professor of health promotion and human performance and director of the physical education teaching program at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She has been a walking for fitness instructor for six years and has taught physical education for 22 years at every level from kindergarten through university.
Mize holds a PhD in physical education with an emphasis in curriculum and instructional strategies, which she received from Southern Illinois University in 1977. AAHPERD's Southwest District has presented her with an Honor Award (2000) and President's Service Award (1998), and she has received multiple awards from the AAHPERD state associations in Utah and Arizona. Mize has served as president of all three organizations. She also received Grambling State University's College of Education Research Award, Teaching/Service Award, and Teacher of the Year Award in 1988.
An advocate for physical education and active lifestyles, Mize has made individual and joint presentations on walking at local, state, district, and national conferences. In her spare time she enjoys walking, hiking, backpacking, and playing golf.