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Instructional Materials in Physical Education

The WWW sites linked to from this page provide practical assistance for Physical Education teachers wanting to use the Internet as part of their classroom planning/instruction. Please read our disclaimer.
AskERIC Lesson Plans - Physical Education
Numerous lesson plans in Games, Gymnastics, Motor/movement skills, Outdoor education, Skill-related fitness and Team sports covering various grade ranges in K-12.

Athletic Animations
A series of animations that will help Track and Field coaches instruct students in proper techniques for sprints, hurdles, relays, race walk, steeplechase, long jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault, shotput, discus, javelin, and hammer events. In some events, both introductory and advanced techniques are provided.

Best Practices in Physical Education
This document from the Physical Education Provincial Specialist Association of the B.C. Teachers' Federation offers guidelines for planning safe physical education activities. Five movement categories are covered - games, dance, gymnastics, individual and dual activities, and alternative environment activities.

Coaching Tips: Badminton
Within the following sites, you'll find tips and techniques for playing, coaching and training in badminton.

Coaching Tips: Basketball
  • The Coach's Manual Use the menu on the left side of the page to navigate through this site. Included are Fundamental Skills, Choosing the Team Offense, Fast Break Offenses, and Half-Court Offenses. There's also a "Manual for Gym Rats" for students at this site.
  • Download Drills Hundreds of drills organized under 12 sections.
  • Pre-Game Drills Drills in ballhandling, passing, shooting, defense, offense, big man, and conditioning.

Elementary Physical Education
This site from the Omaha Public Schools serves as a meta-list of links to specific PE lesson plans. Links are organized by more than a dozen types of PE activities, for example: Chase, flee and dodge; balancing; rolling-basic tumbling; jumping over a rope; jumping and landing; kicking a ball; throwing/catching....

Encarta Lesson Collection: Physical Education
Select "Physical Education" on their Lesson Collection Page to find about a dozen diverse lesson plans in this subject.

Fitness Theme Page
This CLN Theme Page has links to information about Fitness. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (game directions, lists of exercises, lessons) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

G.A.M.E. T.I.M.E.
Descriptions of skill games that can be used in the classroom under the headings: Manipulative, Locomotor, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Football and Other. Caution: You need to know how to navigate backwards in this frames-based web site.

Game Central Station
Over 200 games for K-12 students are described in this searchable database. Search criteria include: game name, grade level, related sport, skills (e.g., eye-hand, agility, endurance) and location (indoor/outdoor). You can also find warm up activities, holiday games, and cross-curriculum games.

Games and Lessons Submitted by Clover Park P.E. Specialists
Over a dozen ideas from practicing PE teachers.

Games Kids Play
A library of playing instructions for more than 50 of the most popular kids (activity) games plus a set of links to over 250 other activity games.

Health and Sports Units
LETSNet (Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students through the Internet) is designed to help teachers understand the web and find ways to make effective use of web resources in the classroom.

Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs)
These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Physical Education curricula in K-12.

Internet Lesson Plans
Each month, IBM provides a new set of Internet activities focused around a specific theme for a targeted range of grade levels. PE topics that have been developed include: Health and Fitness (Grades 5-7); Olympic Games; (Grades 3-6 and 7-10); Take a Hike (Grades 7-9); and, Baseball (Grades 3-6 and 5-8). A teacher's guide is included for each topic.

Non-Traditional Gymnastics: Lesson Plans, Activities and Assessments
This site has unit plans, lesson plans, activities, and assessments to support non-traditional gymnastics instruction where the teacher sets tasks that allow children to work at their own level (as opposed to traditional gymnastics where the children are asked to perform specific skills such as forward rolls or cartwheels according to actions specified by the teacher). Warning: This is a Geocities site and, as such, you'll have to put up with intrusive and annoying advertising.

PE Central
This site, specifically designed for PE teachers and students, contains PE lesson ideas and assessment ideas.

PE Lesson Plans
This link is to the Sports Media Web site which has suggested drills for various sports (e.g., basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, and more), games, standards and benchmarks, and links to other repositories of PE lesson plans.

Physical Education Lesson Plans
Five teaching units are offered at this College of Education, University of Saskatchewan page - Ice Skating, Gymnastics, Football, Aerobics, and "Sending and Receiving".

Physical Education Lesson Plans
Over 30 lesson plans organized into 7 categories (integrated curriculum, fitness, tag games, classroom games, health/nutrition, miscellaneous, and throwing/catching). There are also resources on assessment.

Physical Education Lesson Plans
This site is part of the "Classroom Connection" and contains well over 125 PE lessons plans contributed by different teachers.

Responsible Healthy LifestylesTeacher Resource Guide Movement-Fitness 1990
If you can get by the title, you'll find a fairly large collection of activities organized by grade from K to 6. Each grade level has 5 or 6 categories of movement/fitness activities. Within each category, there may be a half dozen briefly described activities.

Snowshoes for Kids: Teachers Corner
This site has ten winter fitness PE activities/games for K-8 students. These have been targeted for schools with class sets of snowshoes (Spring Brook Company, the site host, can sell those sets to you) or they can be adapted for normal winter footware. Included as well are various associated articles, for example about history of snowshoes, winter activities, hypothermia, etc.

Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers
There's a variety of PE ideas, activities and worksheets for elementary students at this site. You'll also find a feature titled "Time-Fillers". This is a collection of short activities which can be used within a number of subject areas to fill a few spare moments during the day.

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