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Alignment of text with grade-level outcomes

This is an excerpt from Teaching Fundamental Motor Skills 3rd Edition With Web Resource by Allison Y. Colvin,Nancy J. Markos & Pamela J. Walker.

Elementary-age children bring an excitement to the physical education environment that is contagious. This book capitalizes on that student excitement by presenting motivating methods to promote successful learning experiences that enable children to demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns. When children are motivated to learn, when they want to keep practicing because they enjoy it, and when they are provided sound, sequential instruction, then success and achievement will follow.


Although motivation and success are important components of the teaching and learning process, high-quality instruction requires that detailed lesson plans be developed and implemented to meet the needs of all children, regardless of skill level. This book provides those resources.


The foundational knowledge required for being a skillful mover is found in mastery of the locomotor movements and basic manipulative skills. Within this text, we address the locomotor skills of hopping, galloping, sliding, running, skipping, jumping in the vertical plane, jumping in the horizontal plane, and leaping. The manipulative skills essential for later sport participation are also included: underhand rolling, throwing (underhand, overhand, and two-hand), catching, passing (bounce and chest), striking (underhand, sidearm, and two-hand sidearm), volleying (forearm and overhead), kicking, punting, and dribbling with the hands and the feet.


The primary objective of this edition of the book is to align this text with the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (SHAPE America, 2014). As table 1 indicates, all eight of the basic locomotor skills are included and aligned with the new outcomes.



Manipulative skills (i.e., those that involve controlling an object) are not as easily aligned to the outcomes. The progression of a basic manipulative skill to a sport skill can be very unique. The outcomes and this book both contain 17 manipulative skills, but the alignment is not exact; however, every effort for alignment has been made (see table 2).


Learn more about Teaching Fundamental Motor Skills, Third Edition.