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ERIC Number: EJ826302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Physical Education and Language Arts: An Interdisciplinary Teaching Approach
Solomon, John; Murata, Nathan M.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v21 n6 p19-23 Jul-Aug 2008
Physical education is a prime content area for interdisciplinary learning. The movement components of physical education can be used as a medium through which children are provided with opportunities to practice and strengthen language skills. Cone, Werner, Cone, and Woods (1998, p. 4) agree: "interdisciplinary learning is an educational process in which two or more subject areas are integrated with the goal of fostering enhanced learning in each subject area." The interdisciplinary curriculum benefits students by enriching student learning across academic disciplines, while appreciating the knowledge and expertise brought on by other teachers. One specific interdisciplinary learning curriculum is the connected teaching model which can be used as a foundation to integrate language arts into a quality physical education program. The basis for integrating physical education and language arts into one program derives from the fact that movement and learning are linked and that quality physical education can contribute to a child's alertness, energy, clearer thinking in class, and academic achievement. This article discusses how to design an integrated lesson for physical education and language arts whereby physical activities are augmented with language arts. It presents a Physical Education and Language Arts sample lesson which offers an example of how the NASPE standards 1 and 4 and National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) standards 3 and 6 were addressed. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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