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May 23, 2000


Sports is more than Physical Education. Students develop team cooperation, good sportsmanship and self-esteem! Join Education World as we dive into the wonderful world of sports!

Lesson Planning

  • New PE Trend Stresses Fitness and FunAs the amount of physical activity children get in and out of school has declined in recent years, youngsters have become more overweight and less fit. To help reverse that trend, some fitness experts say, physical education classes should be revamped so there is less emphasis on team sports and more on lifelong fitness activities.
  • Gold Medal Olympics Activities! Citius, Altius, Fortius. Those are the Latin words for the Olympic motto, which in today's language means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger." The best athletes from around the world exemplify that creed as they compete in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. As the Games begin, Education World offers you ten gold-medal lessons about the Summer Olympics.
  • Are You Ready for Some Football? Students improve basic language and math skills while learning some facts about football and famous players.
  • Take Them Out to the Ball Game! When baseball fever strikes, these activities from Education World can be the perfect antidote. Included: A stadium full of activities and links to team sites, baseball math sites, cross-curricular projects -- and even the famous Abbott and Costello "Who's On First?" script!
  • A Basketball Tournament In this unit, designed to introduce students to the concepts and activities related to basketball, students practice dribbling, passing, shooting lay-ups and jump shots, and defensive footwork.
  • The Web Puts 'Fizz' Into Phys-ical Fitness! May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the perfect time to reinforce the value of exercise and physical activity for better health. The Web has just the resources to help you with new games, ideas, and lessons that will make your students jump for joy!
  • Fitness Lab This lab is used to show children the benefits of exercise through active participation.
  • Let's Get Physical! Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with Education World's tour of physical fitness Web sites. Get your students moving with hundreds of "active-ities" -- with the emphasis on active! Included: An activity idea from each site!
  • Apache Ball Students play a game of dodge ball in which the object of the game is to eliminate the other team. In this activity, students work on throwing, catching, dodging, and aiming skills as they practice teamwork.
  • Rope Volleyball Students will use a jump rope as a net and volley a ball or balloon over the net a specified number of times.

Message Boards

How do you teach Phys Ed? Do some strategies work better than others to encourage students to work as a team? Share your thoughts and ideas on a special message board!

Subject Centers

Are you looking for a Physical Education resource? Be sure to check out the PE/Health subject center!

From The Education World Archives

  • Great Sites For Teaching About: Great Sites for Teaching About... Olympics Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about the Olympic Games.
  • Girls and Sports -- A Winning Combination! Can playing with dolls deliver harmful messages to young girls? Why are noncompetitive sports important for girls development in the early years? How can educators encourage girls to embrace sports?
  • Be Fit for Life Says P.E. Teacher of the Year Named best high school physical education teacher of the year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Dale Kephart -- a former Olympic gymnast -- uses fun and music to help kids get fit for life.
  • Great Sites for Teaching Physical Fitness Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About page highlights ten Web sites that are among the best for teaching about physical fitness.
  • Fit for Life: On-Line Resources for Teaching Physical Fitness Actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the human body has "the performance capability of a Ferrari and the durability of the Chevy." Whether you consider yourself a Mustang or a Model-T, you can help your students see the value of exercise and activity.
  • Emphasizing Sportsmanship in Youth Sports Coaches, teachers, and parents serve as role models for sportsmanlike behaviors in children. This story from the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports examines the latest research on the topic of developing sportsmanship.
  • Sports Math Scores Points with Students AND Teachers! Looking for math activities to connect with this week's big Homecoming game? Teachers can grab students' interest with a site that teams math with sports -- and everyone comes out a winner! Included: Math teaching resources for all sports, all grades!
  • Play Ball! Pro Teams Reach Out to Schools! From lesson plans to scholarships! Professional baseball's community outreach programs educate and enrich young students. From lesson plans to scholarships, local major- and minor-league baseball teams can offer students more than just a fun day at the ballpark!
  • Three Baseball Autobiographies Score a Hit With Young Readers! Cal. Sammy. Nomar. Three new baseball bios! Cal Ripken, Jr., Sammy Sosa, Nomar Garciapara -- three great names in baseball in the year 2000 -- three new biographies for young readers!
  • Senate Bill Wants P.E. Back in Nations Schools Today, only one state in the nation requires daily physical education. Later this month, about 100 physical education teachers will meet with their congressional representatives in Washington, D.C., to voice support for an amendment to an education bill that may help put physical education back into schools.
  • Computers and Phys Ed Do Mix! Students and teachers in Hood River, Oregon, use a spreadsheet program to track progress in physical fitness. Included: Teachers share their reactions and the reactions of students and parents.
  • Jackie and Me Teaches Tolerance Avon books and author Dan Gutman have hit a home run with a new book, Jackie and Me! Start with the story of Jackie Robinson and his important contributions to baseball and American history, then add to that engaging plot lines, colorful characters, and considerable surprises -- and you have a winning book, a perfect classroom read-aloud!

Related Resources From Education World

  • Sports Media This is the Web site for Sports Media, a non-profit organization of physical education experts.
  • Amateur Sports Amateur-sports.com offers free listings for non-profit sports organizations and school sports teams. That's not all! Check out the site's Health and Fitness Program for some great health and exercise advice.
  • Benny Goodsport This site provides information, activities and stories about sports and recreational activities for kids.
  • Game Central Station Game Central Station is a great physical-education resource with a growing listing of 220+ games for children in preschool through 12th grade in the fully searchable database.
  • Games Kids Play The title is pretty self-explanatory -- this Web site lists children's games and their rules.
  • PE Central Online resources for educators of physical education.
  • Physical Education Lesson Plans Over 80 interesting and varied Physical Education lessons submitted by PE teachers across the country.