Elementary Physical Education
March 12, 2001, Vol. 3, No.6



Welcome to yet another issue of the "Elementary PE" section at Pelinks4u.

Already half the scholastic year has gone by, and I realise just how exciting, demanding, yet fulfilling my own teaching has been for me, and hopefully my pupils. As far as I am concerned, I am very lucky to have the best job in the world! There have been moments where I have felt “limp,” yet the rewards have been immense too! I share with you a most appropriate quotation regarding teaching physical education to our younger pupils:

"Children are like sponges; they absorb all your strength and leave you limp...
But give them a squeeze and you get it all back."
--Ann Van Tassells

It is on this note that I would like to extend to you all, an invitation to share your enriching experiences in teaching elementary Physical Education for children. Contact any of the Section Editors below to become involved in this amazing journey into our profession!

Marina Bonello
Elementary PE Section Editor

"I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are;
because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.
I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far;
for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are."

~ Milton Berle ~

 Featured Articles
Study finds children are helped by low-fat diet.

Children with high cholesterol can be put on low-fat diets without stunting their growth or intellectual development, researchers say. Read the entire article that was featured in the New York Times here.

Childhood obesity soars in UK

Obesity in children? Results similar to U.S.A studies are rampant also in the UK. "The proportion of children classed as overweight or obese rocketed between the mid-80s and mid-90s, a study has found". Read more here, and view more related articles in Editorial. search engine.

This is an Australian based search engine which searches thousands of "physical education" sites from all over the globe. Each search provides popular press articles related to the topic of interest. You can opt to search for sites in Australia, New Zealand, or the entire globe. A very comprehensive tool.


 Dance & Rhythms
You are invited to a Bun Dance

Check this out if you need a break!


"He who has a thousand friends
Has not a friend to spare,
While he who has one enemy
Shall meet him everywhere."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Please let your colleagues know about PELINKS4U, and remember you can catch up on a year's worth of news in our PE Archives.

 Physical Education News
Sport for All is an exciting new program being launched by Naspe, in partnership with Human Kinetics and Sportime. This exciting program aims to facilitate increased physical activity and sports readiness among children in after-school, or community settings. The Naspe National Faculty is seeking to train 35 activity leaders. For more info read here.

Despite an emphasis to move towards a “new” physical education, it seems that there are still very unclear ideas regarding outdated (perhaps?) activities like dodgeball. You might want to read the contrasts as expressed in the following articles:

Dodge Ball "Takes a Drubbing In Several School Districts
It's a time-honored part of physical education classes, a game where students home in on their classmates across the gym and hurl a rubber ball at them as hard as they can, hoping to drill their opponents and eliminate them from play." Read more.

The Death of Dodgeball: A Generation of High-tech Couch Potatoes Meets a New Kind of PE
"A sixth-grade boy zaps digital monsters left and right without breaking a sweat. But climbing a flight of stairs makes him huff and puff. A 15-year-old girl tapes every episode of "Friends" and watches them over and over. One lap around the track, however, leaves her gasping. A mom drives her kids to Blockbuster to rent "Air Bud". Across the street, the neighborhood hoop casts a lonely shadow in the afternoon sun. There's not a basketball—or a player—in sight." Read more.

Gym Game Is Unable to Dodge School Policy Shifts
Dodge ball, the venerable gym class game in which the point is to peg a peer, has long been cherished by bullies (who view it as stress relief), and reviled by less athletic students (who expect to get hit every game)". Read more.

Time's up for 'killer-competitive' gym classes: New programs integrate sports, social skills, and more.

The Tyranny of Dodge Ball.
"As we’ve learned more about the benefits of physical activity, and as reports about the sorry state of American fitness pile up, it is increasingly clear that gym class must be more than an opportunity to torture the clumsy." Read more.

The Dodge Ball Debate
"Educational leaders are debating the appropriateness of dodge ball in physical education classes. They want to end all human target games." Read more.

What are your views on this issue? Join the discussion forum created on this topic by entering here.


Experts have stressed the educational and social value of the free-form, less structured activity typifying recess. Yet, what is happening to it in the USA and the UK? Recess is being severely restricted in the UK, in a drive for safety; and in the USA, in a drive to provide more curriculum time for academics.

And yet we have ever increasing levels of obesity and slouchers. The Recess Forum has been created here.

 Contribute YOUR Ideas

If you have ideas, comments, letters to share, or questions about particular topics, please email one of the following Elementary PE Section Editors:

Gerry Cernicky
Paula Summit
Tom Winiecki
Marina Bonello

Help to support quality physical education and health education by contributing to this site.
 Featured Curriculum Web Sites

Australia's Curriculum Council Health and PE Framework

Health and Physical Education provides students with an understanding of health issues and the skills needed for confident participation in sport and recreational activities. You will be able to read about and download PDF documents in various sections:
Definition and Rationale; Health and Physical Education Learning Outcomes; The Scope of the Curriculum; Learning, Teaching & Assessment;, and Links Across the Curriculum.

You can also check out the PE and Health Syllabus for Year 11 and 12 Examinations in PE (including Common Assessment Tasks ) here.

From USA: Idaho Curriculum

The Idaho Department Of Education provides online the Idaho Scope and Sequence Guide for K-6 PE, an excellent resource to review. Assessment ideas are also provided for each outcome. The Health Scope and Sequence Guide is also available here.

New Zealand Curriculum of Health and Physical Wellbeing

The Ministry of Education's Website is host to the latest curriculum developments in the Health and Physical Wellbeing. You can download documents available regarding the Curriculum, Curriculum Updates, Teaching and Learning Materials, and other relevant links.

You can view featured Press Releases from the "Education Gazette". Look for "New Health and PE Curriculum" in the left hand column, and also from Curriculum Update.

 Hot Ideas from PE Central

Cooperative Activity Books

This is a 36 page spiral bound book featuring over 20 Cooperative Activity Ideas printed directly from the pages of PE Central. Included also is a cooperative assessment idea from the Assessment Section.

Easter Theme Ideas

With Easter round the corner, you might want to check out these neat Easter-related lesson ideas:

You can find scores of other quality lesson ideas here.

Elementary PE Books

Need Elementary PE resources? Check out the recommended texts here. Look out in particular for the new "Children Moving", and "Becoming a Master Teacher".

Teaching Elementary Physical Education.

For me, the best hands-on journal for us out there in the field! Written with great enthusiasm and dedication; a bridge between theory and practice! Now you can also search issue abstracts online here. Select "Teaching Elementary Physical Education" in the Pull down box entitled "Journal Name".

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