Posts Tagged ‘physical education’

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.

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.

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