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Physical Best Activity Guide-3rd Edition: Elementary Level

Physical Best Activity Guide-3rd Edition: Elementary Level


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    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.


    Reference for elementary school physical education teachers. Supplemental text for physical education college methods courses as well as Physical Best workshops and certification programs.

    Table of Contents

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    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
    Physical Fitness
    Inclusion in Physical Education
    Principles of Training
    Key Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents
    FITT Guidelines
    The Activity Session
    Motivating Students
    Setting Goals

    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
    Defining Flexibility
    Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility
    Training Methods for Flexibility
    Motor Skill Development Through Flexibility Activities
    Flexibility Newsletter

    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

    About the Author

    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.