Posts Tagged ‘physical education’

ArtzEdge – Free Lessons in the Arts

March 14th, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

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

In 2003, ClickSchooling featured The Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge website. ClickScholar MaryAnna re-visited the site and said, “It has really improved — lots of multimedia including some interactives children can do independently.”

For those of you who enjoy in-depth, multi-disciplinary lesson plans – this site is for you! You’ll find hundreds of art-themed lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts and many are integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

The lessons are divided into “Grade Bands” for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. One could easily make the case that this site offers enough material for an entire year’s worth (or more) of free curriculum.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of lessons. Use the search mechanism on the left side of the page to sort the lessons by subject or grade range. Then, click on any lesson on the menu. A new page opens displaying the lesson overview, objectives, and instructional plan along with suggested activities and 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. Review the lessons 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.

Kids Exercise and Fitness

October 19th, 2008

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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.

Free Geography Lessons for Grades 1-12 & More!

August 2nd, 2007

Recommended Website:

The Educator’s Reference Desk: Geography

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

For those of you who need some inspiration on how to introduce or teach the
subject of geography, this website offers over 50 free Geography lesson
plans. They are created for classroom use but many can be adjusted for use
in homeschooling. While the lessons are presented in a structured format,
many of the ideas for covering topics are quite innovative. When you get to
the website you’ll see a menu that includes lessons with titles such as:

  • As The Globe Turns (Grades 4-8)
  • Better Than Breadcrumbs: Maps & Symbols (Grade 1)
  • Continent Game (Grades 4-6)
  • Electronic Mapping (Grades 7-12)
  • Geography of the Middle East (Grades 10-12)
  • How We Travel (Grades K-2)
  • Learning Physical Geography Through Making an Edible Map (Grades 1-3)
  • Plotting a Hurricane Using Latitude and Longitude (Grades 9-12)
  • States and Their Capitals (Grades 4-6)

Click on any lesson and a new page opens listing the objectives, materials
needed, the procedure for teaching the lesson, and links to additional

Bookmark this website so you can return to explore similar lessons that are
archived here for the following subjects:

  • Arts
  • Character Education
  • Computer Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Health
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • and more

Here is
the direct link to access all of the above lessons.

P.E. with Circus Fit

June 24th, 2006

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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.

Multi-Cultural Calendar

April 3rd, 2003

Recommended Website:
Multi-Cultural Calendar

This website offers a calendar of holidays and commemorative dates that are celebrated and/or honored in various countries by people of different cultures. All of the entries to the calendar are made by kids. They submit entries of how they celebrate a particular day in their country or culture and in some cases include information about the historical background or significance of the date, along with suggested activities and special recipes. Some of the entries are very detailed, others are sparse and incomplete.

When you get to the site you will see a short introduction. There is a menu on the left side of the screen that allows you to search by month (easiest), holiday, country, and author (the student who submitted the entry). Click on any item and a new screen opens with additional instructions and click-throughs that will lead you to the calendar and the information you seek.

Before you explore the Calendar, consider clicking on the words “connecting the calendar with your curriculum” in the introductory paragraph on the landing page. A new page opens with suggestions for activities that will help you use the calendar to learn about subjects such as Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Physical Education.

Visitors to the site are encouraged to submit their own entries. So if you see incomplete or incorrect information on any of the entries — or if you don’t see a particular holiday or memorial day on the calendar, you can submit information about it to be considered for posting to the calendar.