Learning Through Movement and Music
Exercise Your Smarts
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Kids love to move—and it’s proven that children learn academic concepts better when those concepts are combined with music and movement. So Debby Mitchell created a book and DVD package that includes video clips that combine learning with music and movement. The DVD also includes reproducible assessments, lyrics, and posters that can be used in the classroom to facilitate learning.
Learning Through Movement and Music: Exercise Your Smarts gets upper-elementary and middle school students moving while teaching them about their bodies, health and fitness concepts, and assessment of their fitness abilities. The book and DVD include
• background information and song lyrics for each activity;
• video clips that introduce each of the 14 activities;
• lyrics to use as handouts;
• posters for many of the concepts that can be used in the classroom; and
• activity assessments (including questions and answers, flow charts, word searches, and crossword puzzles) and teacher answer keys.
The DVD contains posters that reinforce the health and fitness concepts as well as the song lyrics and assessments, which you can reproduce. You can distribute the song lyrics to your students, helping them to learn the concepts. The activities are a great blend of movement and academic concepts and are suited for use in both PE classes and regular classrooms.
The activities themselves cover warming up, stretching, muscle identification and workouts, cardio and interval training, fitness testing, the FITT principle, and cooling down.
Learning Through Movement and Music enlightens students on the benefits, guidelines, and reasons for exercise and fitness in the environment in which they most love to learn: one where they are moving and having fun!
Resource for upper-elementary physical education and classroom teachers and for middle school physical education and health specialists.
Activity 1 Parts of an Exercise Bout
Activity 2 Warm-Up
Activity 3 Dynamic Stretch
Activity 4 Where Are My Muscles?
Activity 5 Muscle Workout
Activity 6 Cardio March
Activity 7 Cool-Down
Activity 8 Static Stretch
Activity 9 Interval Training
Activity 10 Fitness Test
Activity 11 I’ve Been Working on My Body
Activity 12 Boogie Woogie Bones
Activity 13 Why Do We Exercise?
Activity 14 FITT Principle
Teach your students a fun way to exercise with the Cardio March