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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Contents Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Curriculum Connectors Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x Song List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv Introduction Unit 3 Benefits of Moving & Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cooperative Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Benefits to Children with Special Needs . . . . . . . . . . 11 The activities in this section serve three purposes: Meeting Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 (1) They offer the students opportunities to work Implementing the Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 cooperatively with partners and in small and large groups. (2) They provide greater challenge, beyond Early Elementary Children: Developmental Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . what the children experience in unit 2. (3) These 27 activities can physically and emotionally prepare Unit 1 the students to successfully work together in those Openers and Closers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 educational gymnastics and rhythm and dance This section consists of the “quieter” activities— activities in units 4 and 5 requiring participation in those involving isolated body parts, such as the pairs or groups. hands, face, arms, or legs, and specific relaxation Unit 4 exercises. Choose these activities to psychologically Educational Gymnastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 and physically prepare your students to begin or Included in this section are activities related to the end their movement experiences—or any time a less gymnastic skills of transferring weight, rolling, and vigorous activity is called for. balancing. Also included in this unit is exploration of Unit 2 combinations of locomotor and nonlocomotor skills, Basic Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 as gymnastics typically involves the sequencing of These activities explore the fundamental locomotor movement skills. and nonlocomotor skills and the movement elements of space, shape, time, force, and flow. They form the foundation of a child-centered physical education program and provide the basic knowledge essential to the next three categories. vii COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL