No Excuses! - A Documentary about Quality Physical Education
QUALITY PHYSICAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY
EFFECTIVE TEACHING STRATEGIES
Examples of Cross Disciplinary Activities
SHAPE America Appropriate Practices
Incorporating content from other subject areas into a physical education curriculum has many benefits. One, it helps students with their other classes. Two, it builds support for your program. And three, classroom teachers can use some of these activities in their class, boosting physical activity throughout the day. We have lots of examples of how to do this below. Once you get the hang of it, incorporating other content in your lessons will become easier to do.
- 3.7.1 Physical education forms part of a multidisciplinary curriculum, but integration doesn’t compromise teaching the concepts important to developing a physically educated individual.
- Students can calculate the score from a given game scenario: "Team A scored 14 two-pointers, 4 three-pointers, and 7 free throws. What is team A's score?"
- Students can calculate statistics for a student's performance: "Student A made 19 of 23 attempts. What is his/her success rate?"
- Students can calculate calories expended in activities: "Food A has 'X calories' and jumping jacks burn 'X calories per hour.' Perform jumping jacks for as long as needed to burn off the calories of Food A."
- Students can add numbers to determine who is the tagger: "Students play a modified version of rock, paper, scissors. On 'go,' students place 1 to 4 fingers out. The first student to add both students' numbers together becomes the tagger."
- Math Trails: students stop at designated sites along a route and explore math in the environment.
READING AND WRITING
- Students can act out stories from books like Dr. Seuss or Go Dog Go.
- Students can connect concepts from physical education to books they are reading.
- Students can be given task sheets or other assignments that require reading and writing.
- Students can write stories/poems that include the lesson/unit objectives. These poems can also be used for learning motor skills.
- Students can complete journal entries, reflections, and exit slips.
- Teachers can post vocabulary terms on a "Word Wall." Download our Word Wall List with Instructions and our Word Wall PowerPoint Template.
- Students can learn common sayings in multiple languages, such as: hello, goodbye, thank you, your welcome, etc.
- Teachers can start each lesson with the "Word of the Day" from the unit. Teachers can also do "Joke of the Day," which often include words with double meanings that must be explained to understand the joke.