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ERIC Number: EJ931561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Integrating Children's Books and Literacy into the Physical Education Curriculum
Fingon, Joan C.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n4 p10-13 Mar-Apr 2011
Since the onset of No Child Left Behind (NCLB, 2002) schools have been focusing on raising test scores in reading and mathematics, while at the same time feeling pressured to reduce subjects such as physical education and health. It seems for many educators finding time in the school day for students' physical activity has become increasingly challenging. Yet, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the academic success of America's youth is strongly linked with their health. One approach that could enhance students' learning is through integrating more physical activity into the curriculum. Likewise, instructional time might also be increased if physical educators and classroom teachers collaborated and shared resources. Since physical educators have less time with students than classroom teachers, this article supports the integration of literacy learning and physical activity in helping children succeed in school. It offers a thoughtfully prepared and annotated children's book list related to health and physical education, as well as ideas for using some of these resources in the classroom. It also reinforces how physical activity can be supported in the curriculum without taking away activity time from physical education. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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