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This comprehensive health-related fitness education program is back and better than ever!

Developed by top-level physical educators, this third edition will help students gain the knowledge, skills, appreciation, and confidence they need to lead active, healthy lives, regardless of physical and mental abilities or disabilities.

Physical Best Activity Guide: Elementary Level has been used with much success across the United States, and for good reason: The text contains 78 easy-to-use activities ranging from noncompetitive to competitive and less demanding to more demanding. It also includes activities that allow for maximum time on task. All the instructional activities address the national physical education standards, dance standards, or health standards.

This new edition retains the best activities from previous editions and offers new ones from outstanding teachers throughout the United States. You will learn how to adapt the activities for all children, regardless of skill level or ability. Students will also learn skills to help them set realistic goals, manage their activity levels, and remain healthy throughout their lives.

This text offers the following features:

• A new chapter, “Combined-Component Training,” combines aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility into single activities.

• A CD-ROM contains a wealth of reproducibles, including charts, posters, signs, station cards, handouts, and worksheets, many of which can be adapted to meet your needs.

• A section of Internet resources helps you develop your own special events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736081177
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 306,780
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), a nonprofit professional organization, is an association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. NASPE is dedicated to educating the general public about the importance of physical education for all young people. Through its members as well as corporate and public partnerships, NASPE develops and supports sport and physical activity programs that promote healthy behaviors and individual well-being. NASPE's 15,000 members include K-12 physical educators, college and university faculty, researchers, coaches, athletic directors, and trainers.

Physical Best is a comprehensive health-related fitness education program developed by physical educators for physical educators. Physical Best is designed to educate, challenge, and encourage all children in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for a healthy and fit life. The program helps students move from dependence to independence and take responsibility for their own health and fitness. Physical Best educates all children regardless of athletic talent or physical and mental abilities or disabilities. This program is implemented through high-quality resources and professional development workshops for physical educators.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1. Teaching Health-Related Fitness to Elementary School Students

National Standards for Physical Education

National Health Education Standards

National Standards for Dance Education

Integrating Physical Best Into the Elementary Physical Education Curriculum

Physical Best Activity Template


Chapter 2. Introduction to Health-Related Fitness Concepts

Health-Related Fitness Versus Skill-Related Fitness

Physical Fitness

Inclusion in Physical Education

Principles of Training

Key Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents

FITT Guidelines

The Activity Session

Motivating Students

Setting Goals


Part II: Activities

Chapter 3. Aerobic Fitness

Defining Aerobic Fitness

Teaching Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness

Training Methods for Aerobic Fitness

Safety and Aerobic Fitness

Aerobic Fitness Newsletter

Chapter 4. Muscular Strength and Endurance

Defining Muscular Strength and Endurance

Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance

Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance

Motor Skill Development Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities

Muscular Strength and Endurance Newsletter

Chapter 5. Flexibility

Defining Flexibility

Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility

Training Methods for Flexibility

Motor Skill Development Through Flexibility Activities

Flexibility Newsletter

Chapter 6. Body Composition

Defining Body Composition

Relating Body Composition to the Other Health-Related Components


Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition

Body Composition Resources on CD-ROM

Chapter 7. Combined-Component Training

Teaching Guidelines for Combining Health-Related Fitness Activities

Chapter 8. Special Events

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