Archive for the ‘physical education’ category

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

Free Math Video Lessons & Much More!

March 15th, 2010

Hi! It’s Monday, March 15, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
WatchKnow.org: Mathematics

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended this website that offers free videos that teach every school subject including over 1800 math lessons on video! The videos archived here have been researched, rated and sorted by WatchKnow, a non-profit online community. The videos are from other Internet sources such as YouTube. The difference here is that the ads and user comments have been eliminated, and the videos have been sorted and rated to provide easier use along with some helpful guidance.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the “Directory” to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include:

  • Number Basics
  • Operations
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Graphing, Statistics, and Probability
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Pre-Algebra and Algebra
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • ‘Language of Mathematics’ Series
  • Math Study Skills and Test Prep
  • History of Math

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. Some have been uploaded by site members. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content. To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities. There are different levels of membership and some (such as the level that allows you to enter WatchKnow contests) requires you to provide access to personal information.  Get the details at the website.

As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including:

  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Languages
  • Physical and Health Ed
  • The Arts
  • Computers and Technology
  • Practical Skills
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics

WatchKnow’s goal is to collect all the best free educational videos that are made for children and explain every topic taught in schools, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

Kids Exercise and Fitness

October 19th, 2008

Recommended Website:
KIDS EXERCISE

All ages; non-readers will need assistance.

Normally, I don’t feature Physical Education on ClickSchooling, but this note from Louise Clare of the “Kids Exercise” website intrigued me:

“We have created a public interest website that focuses on keeping your kids fit, active and healthy, which I thought may be of interest to your readers. We don’t make any profit from the site but we’d like to spread the word and get the information out to as many people as possible.”

Essentially this site archives interesting articles with tips and advice for keeping your kids active and fit by providing exercise and nutrition ideas!

When you get to the site, you’ll see instructions at the top of the screen for how to navigate the site. Below that are some featured articles of interest. Use the menu on the left to access many articles by experts and journalists on these topics:

  • Fit Families – Learn how to make time for family fitness including using pets as exercise partners.
  • Fit Kids – Find out how much activity kids need, get fitness suggestions for 5-12 year olds, learn about fitness equipment, personal trainers, and yoga for kids.
  • Fit Teens – Discover fitness games for teens, how to have a healthy body image, and how to manage stress through exercise.
  • Fit Under 5’s – Get fun activities to channel your preschooler’s boundless energy and form good nutrition and exercise habits early.
  • Fitness On the Go – Incorporate movement into holidays and vacations. Get the scoop on Sports and Weigh Loss Camps.
  • Home Fitness – Enjoy suggestions for active indoor play. Learn about exercise videos for kids and how to get fit playing computer games!
  • Nutrition & Health – Learn about foods that fuel active, growing bodies and improve health and fitness.
  • Sports – Read advice on all kinds of sports activities from cold weather sports to extreme sports to martial arts for kids and more!

The articles I read were well-written with a nice balance of facts, practical advice, and easy tips for incorporating health and fitness into your family’s daily lives.

BAM! (Body And Mind)

January 27th, 2007

Recommended Website:

BAM! (Body and Mind)

In order to stay healthy, we really need to make sure to get enough
exercise. Most kids these days aren’t active enough. Here’s an innovative
website from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the US
Department of Health and Human Services.

Here’s what you will find:

  • Activity Calendar: Select activities you’d like to do, and schedule them
    into your week. This handy calendar is printable, so you can check off each
    activity as it is completed.
  • Activity Cards: here you can learn the rules for many different sports.
    Which one would you like to learn next?
  • “I Heard” Hurdle Race: Answer all of the questions correctly, and your
    athlete will clear all the hurdles. If you miss any, you can go back and try
    for a better result. This game is short, so it won’t make you lose sight of
    the goal, which is to actually go out and get moving. :)
  • Meeting the Challenge: Read about successful athletes who have overcome
    major challenges (disabilities)
  • Go For Activities You Like to Do: Take a short profile quiz to get some
    recommendations for sports you might like to try :)

Bonus:

  • Get some advice from the Xperts on how to stay physically active
  • Braggin’ Rights: Read success stories from other kids like yourself. You
    can also post your own, and see if it is selected to appear on the site.

When you have finished determining what sport or other activity would suit
you best, learning how to do it, and scheduling it into your week, don’t be
afraid to turn the computer off and start moving! Your body will thank you.
:)

When you get back, you might like to check out the other health-related
sections of this site: Diseases, Food and Nutrition, Your Safety, Your Life,
and Your Body.

Enjoy! :)

P.E. with Circus Fit

June 24th, 2006

Recommended Website:
CircusFit.com

ClickSchooling list member Mary Burns recommended this site that offers a whole new take on physical education. Mary wrote, “Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey have put together an incredibly comprehensive program called CircusFit. It has a complete, lesson-by-lesson curriculum, including downloads, online activities, video clips, etc.”

In response to America’s epidemic of childhood obesity due to poor nutrition and inactivity, Ringling Brothers specifically created CircusFit curriculum to provide educators and parents with a fun way to incorporate fitness and nutrition into healthy living habits. You’ll find fitness tips, recipes, and fun physical games your family can play together to become CircusFit!

As the website explains, circus performers are accomplished athletes who need to be in top physical condition, making them ideal role models who can encourage young people to be active and fit. Acrobats, clowns, high wire and trapeze artists, and many other performer-athletes show kids of all ages an action-packed and playful approach to health and fitness.

The CircusFit Program consists of FREE learning modules that require registration for access. Use them sequentially, or pick and choose the individual lessons (that include interactive videos and activity suggestions) that fit your schedule. The lessons combine educational health and science info with movement and exercise. Each Lesson incorporates character education (via positive role models) and includes vocabulary building as well.

Turn on your speakers to experience the full multi-media design of the site. When you get there you’ll see an icon menu in the center of your screen. This is sort of a “sampler” with hints and tips for developing healthy habits along with some fun exercise and game suggestions.

If you look up in the right hand corner of the screen you’ll see another menu. Read the “Parents” section for ideas on how to use CircusFit at home. Click on the “For Educators” button to access the real meat of this site — all of the learning modules and lesson plans. You’ll be amazed at the content provided here for free.

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