Fun, Fitness, and Skills: Powerful Original Games Approach

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-Engage kids in fun, new games while teaching them key fitness concepts.

-Provide appropriate skills practice for students.

-Offer plenty of variations to keep the games fresh and exciting.

-Use field-tested games that are ready to go at a moment's notice.

Fun, Fitness, and Skills: The Powerful Original Games Approach brings 93 fresh games with countless variations. The games are easy to adjust to all grade and ability levels, and you'll never run out of fresh ideas for fun and exciting games that teach fitness concepts and skills.

Created by a former teacher and current physical education mentor and staff developer with the Department of Education in New York City, these games have been field-tested in many schools with diverse populations at various grade levels. Yet the outcome of those field tests has been uniform: Kids love the games and teachers find them to be educationally sound and easy to implement.

In Fun, Fitness, and Skills, you will find

-easy-to-follow games that allow you to concentrate on kids being active and having fun;

-clearly written educational objectives for each game that help you focus on key fitness concepts and skills to be learned;

-a game finder that makes selecting the right game for your needs quick and easy;

-tips and suggestions for teaching and classroom management; and

-variations to keep the games fresh and interesting.

The games include warm-ups, fitness and skill games, tag games, and games specially designed for students in kindergarten and first grade. The book also encourages creativity as you create your own games. Many of the games can be modified by changing equipment or a few rules for a sport or activity. Several games use fantasy, holidays, movies, television shows, or classic games with a twist. Most games are cooperative in nature but have a low-key competitive element or variation that will help students understand how to work together while also learning how to compete appropriately and with good sportsmanship.

These games, which address the NASPE National Standards, will help you meet important physical education objectives. The book focuses on activity that is fun while also building skills for activities that students can enjoy for life. Indeed, through Fun, Fitness, and Skills: The Powerful Original Games Approach, kids will have fun and learn while practicing skills and fitness concepts. You will discover exciting new ways to teach or improve your students' skills and fitness. This cookbook of games with all their variations will be a recipe for active success in your classes!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736068291
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Howie Weiss, MA, is a staff developer for the New York City Department of Education. He taught physical education for over 30 years, served as a mentor for other teachers, and was the chairperson of the New York City physical education curriculum design team. Weiss has led workshops at local, state, and national physical education conferences. He received the Master Teacher Award from the New York Board of Education and is one of only 6 physical educators in New York City to ever receive this award. Weiss is a member of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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Table of Contents

Game Finder

Chapter 1. How to Teach a Powerful Original Game
Chapter 2. Warm-Ups
Chapter 3. Fitness Games
Chapter 4. Tag Games
Chapter 5. Fitness Games With a Skill Emphasis
Chapter 6. Games for Students Ages Four to Seven
Chapter 7. How to Create an Original Game

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    I am not a phys ed teacher but I started reading this book when I found it on my friend's desk - he teaches phys ed in Junior High. My reaction - why can't a book using these concepts be written for parents yearning for activities they can do with their children, activities that are fun and character building with the added benefit of countering the couch/computer potato atmosphere permeating so many homes ? I hope Mr. Weiss will write a book for families since, truth be told, I wouldn't mind participating in these games myself !! Clever and thoughtful !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    Easy and Educational and Fun

    This book has great games that are so easy to implement. And, they are both fun and meet learning standards. Mr. Weiss not only presents so many good games, he shows the reader how to adust the game for any space, any number of children, and any level of participant. Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Excellent Teaching Resource

    This is a great resource that includes activities and games that address specific health-fitness components and at the same time includes ways to address specific skills. The author also includes ways to modify games and activities to keep them inclusive, motivating and keep your students moving. Each game or activity includes specific objectives as well as ways to vary the game to keep it interesting, new, or address other skills. This is more than just a compilation of physical education activities it is built around the author's philosophy towards physical education, movement, and the ability to fold health-fitness concepts into skill-building activities. I would recommend this book highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    Great resource for PE teachers

    This outstanding PE book is a must for all Physcial Education teachers. The book contains a myriad of practical, ready-to- use, and easy-to-follow activity ideas. It provides new and meaningful games, including fun-packed fitness activites. Whether you are an experienced or inexperienced PE teacher, Mr. Weiss' book should be the first one you reacher for when writing your Lesson Plans. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

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    This book is a must-have for all Physical Educators!! All of the games/activities in this book are very easy to follow. I teach middle school, and they are very easy to modify for my students. The tag games are a great way to start each lesson, and each game/activity is based on NASPE's national standards. The students are NEVER bored with these games, and I look forward to trying them out each day. By taking the emphasis off winning and losing, you will find 100% participation in your classes!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

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    I have been using this book for about 2 weeks with my K-3 classes and the kids are noticing a difference in the gym. They really like the twists on some of the 'old' games we used to play. This is a very inspirational book for an physical education teacher. Don't spend another day teaching kids without it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    It is certainly powerful...

    I know Mr. Weiss and have been in a few sessions that he has taught for the Department of Education of NY. He really knows his subject material and presents it in a most organized, easy to understand manner. The Game Finder, with attention to some FITNESSGRAM components, at the front of the book, is extremely helpful. I do have difficulty trying to decide just which games are my favorites because there are so many great ones. I use many of them in my PE classes. Great work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2007

    Howie has the wow factor !

    If you are in need of the physical educator's Bible , then this book is a must not only for younger teachers, but also, for (us) veterans who need to be re-tooled.Howie's book hits the mark of excellence. It is apparent from the very beginning that this book has the ability to change the way physical education is perceived. Howie's wealth of experience is noticeable on each page.He leaves so many variations and alternatives that can be used in all areas of education.. This is not only a 'How to Book' , it is a why , and a I wish I had this twenty years ago. I call this book a page turner because I couldn't wait to see what Howie would come up with next. He didn't dissapoint, in fact , this book gave me the energy to continue my quest to become even more active beyond retirement. Howie, thanks again for giving us a different view of the way to teach and to reach out to make a difference. Great job! and will there be a sequel?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    A great find!

    Score one for day camps! This is an indispensable guide of exciting age based games sure to be a source of fun, as well as, build self esteem. A true find for both novice and experienced athletic directors. This will be a great addition to my summer program. Susan Wortman (summer camp director)

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