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Promoting Elementary School Physical Activity

Promoting Elementary School Physical Activity

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    Physically active children experience healthier growth and development. They are less likely to be overweight. They learn more effectively and manage their behavior better. Yet many classroom teachers offer little or no time for physical activity because they feel pressed for time, space, and equipment.

    That’s where Promoting Elementary School Physical Activity: Ideas for Enjoyable Active Learning comes in.

    This text provides K-5 classroom teachers and physical educators with simple, creative strategies and activities that have proven successful in schools and that are suitable for all children. The ideas are practical, accessible, and backed by research that supports the benefits of physical activity in the classroom. They are also flexible—meaning the authors present guidance and options for modifying activities, so teachers can choose what works best for their students. Most activities can be carried out in small spaces or within an existing classroom setup.

    Promoting Elementary School Physical Activity offers a total of 50 ready-to-use activities in four categories:
    • Classroom physical activity breaks
    • Physically active instruction
    • Recess
    • Enhanced physical education

    The games and activities afford schools the opportunity to emphasize physical activity throughout the day. The activities are easy to fit into the curriculum at any and all points, including before and after school. Little or no equipment is needed; for the few activities that require equipment, suggestions are provided to make simple equipment from everyday materials. In addition, most chapters offer quick tips to help teachers overcome any challenges that might come up with the activities in that section, and many chapters come with an infographic that shows or describes the benefits of the activity for the topic being discussed.

    Promoting Elementary School Physical Activity is organized into three parts:
    • Part I, Classroom Physical Activity, offers ideas for integrating classroom physical activity breaks, incorporating physical activity into academic instruction, taking advantage of recess, and creating a physically active classroom.
    • Part II, Physical Education, is written specifically for the physical education teacher. It provides simple strategies for getting students moving throughout physical education class, connecting them to physical activity resources in the school and community, and facilitating lifelong physical activity.
    • Part III, The Physically Active School, presents more options for student physical activity, including ideas for before- and after-school programs and physically active transport to and from school. It also focuses on the importance of the physical environment, physical activity policies, physical activity practices, and social environment. The comprehensive school physical activity program is explored as a tool to organize and coordinate the physical activity opportunities presented throughout this book.
    This practical guide makes it easy for teachers to bring the fun of physical activity—along with its academic, social, and health benefits—to their K-5 students.

    Audience

    Elementary school classroom teachers, elementary physical education teachers, and school district directors. Supplemental undergraduate text for physical education teaching courses.
    Part I. Classroom Physical Activity

    Chapter 1. Classroom Physical Activity Breaks
    Learn more about classroom physical activity breaks, which are brief times for physical activity in the classroom between periods of instruction and before, during, or after transitions throughout the day.

    Chapter 2. Physically Active Instruction
    Learn more about physically active instruction, where the teacher incorporates bouts of physical activity into academic instruction.

    Chapter 3. Recess
    Learn more about recess, which is a regularly scheduled period within the school day for physical activity and play.

    Chapter 4. The Physically Active Classroom
    Learn more about physically active classrooms, which combine nontraditional arrangements of the space and student-centered learning to reduce barriers to physical activity in the classroom.

    Part II. Physical Education

    Chapter 5. Enhanced Physical Education
    Learn more about enhanced physical education, which involves curricula and practice-based approaches that aim to increase the amount of time students engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity during physical education classes.

    Chapter 6. Physical Education Beyond the Gymnasium
    Learn more about physical education beyond the gymnasium, where the physical education teacher creates a positive, motivational climate that results in students wanting to be physically active, connects them to physical activity opportunities during out-of-school time, and communicates with families about physical activity.

    Part III. The Physically Active School

    Chapter 7. Physical Activity Before and After School
    Learn more about physical activity programs that provide supervised opportunities for children to be physically active immediately before and after school.

    Chapter 8. The Physically Active School Environment
    Learn more about the four interacting parts of the physically active school environment: physical environment, social environment related to physical activity, physical activity policies, and physical activity practices.

    Chapter 9. Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
    Learn more about the five components of a comprehensive school physical activity program: physical education, physical activity during school, physical activity before and after school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement.
    Russell R. Pate serves as a professor in the department of exercise science at the University of South Carolina, where his research is focused on physical activity and its promotion among children and adolescents. Also, he has worked extensively on initiatives aimed at advancing the role of physical activity in public health. Pate is a lifelong distance runner, and he has directed two U.S. Olympic marathon trials.

    Pate has served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. He served on the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee in 2008 and 2018. Pate has been recognized by ACSM as its Honor Award recipient, and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

    Pate received a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Oregon in 1974. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, theater, traveling, college sports, and spending time with his family.

    Ruth P. Saunders, a professor emerita in the department of health promotion, education, and behavior at the University of South Carolina, has taught and conducted research for over 30 years. She actively participates as a member of the children’s physical activity research group in the department of exercise science and as a co-investigator in Prevention Research Centers, a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Saunders has conducted federally funded and foundation-funded research in schools, preschool centers, children’s residential homes, and churches. Her research interests, focused largely on physical activity in children, include organizational-level physical activity interventions, influences on physical activity, and monitoring and evaluating physical activity interventions in organizational settings.

    Saunders received her PhD in public health education from the University of South Carolina in 1986. She has received numerous teaching, research, and community volunteer service awards. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, yoga, writing, and painting.

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