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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.8

Writing and Physical Education

To help boost skills and increase opportunities for practice, writing assignments are starting to turn up in all kinds of courses -- but in physical education class? For sure! As kids jump, climb, and get fit, their instructors are using writing to help them focus on the goal of overall fitness. Learn how students can exercise their bodies and their writing skills during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month -- and all year through. Read some recommendations for practical assignments that enhance physical education and writing goals.

"At Bellair Elementary School, we believe reading and writing in physical education is a great way to reinforce the reading and writing skills being taught in the classroom," Chris Knope told Education World. "Basically, it's about repetition of skills, and practice. Incorporating reading and writing in physical education allows students another opportunity to begin the process of mastering reading and writing skills."

As a coach and physical education instructor for grades 1-6, Knope often tells his Glendale (Arizona) students, "It's time to exercise our brains so we know why we exercise our bodies," when they encounter a writing or reading activity in their PE classes. Some of the assignments he gives are basic, such as word searches that introduce new vocabulary or fill-in-the-blank quizzes. Others -- like reading and summarizing newspaper articles that pertain to health and nutrition -- require more effort.

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Getting Reimbursed for Healthful Snacks

Providing nutritious snacks for students in the afterschool programs in the Miami-Dade County (Florida) Public Schools gives children the fuel to learn after a long school day.

The district participates in the National School Lunch Reimbursable Snack Program, which provides healthful snacks for youngsters. Since joining the program, the quality of the snacks has improved and the food cost for the afterschool programs has been reduced dramatically.

The School Food Service Authority is feeding approximately 5,100 children an afterschool snack at 74 school-based afterschool programs throughout the county. Seventy-two of the programs are located in low-income areas, and two are not.

The snacks are prepared by the Food Service Department at the kitchen of each school. Clear guidelines were put in place before starting the program and training provided to the afterschool program staff. Training was provided to ensure that the full snack is served and that the afterschool program takes a proper meal count each day.

Read more about this program at: National School Lunch Reimbursable Snack Program.

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