Fun Stuff for Physical Education #90
February 11, 2010

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #90
February 11, 2010

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

1. Editor's Note

Welcome to the latest issue of Fun Stuff for PE! What are four good things about February? Snowshoeing; cross-country skiing; sitting by the fireplace with a hot chocolate; and the Winter Olympics! That's right, they start this weekend! As a diehard Olympaholic, I'm sure I'll have my TV on throughout all of my waking hours.

We have some excellent free content in this issue:

  • “Free Resources” features eight free lesson plans from the United States Tennis Association.
  • The “PE Update Blog” discusses a the common conflict between high school graduation ceremonies and sports championships.
  • “From the Archives” provides an article that describes how to make your school hallways into an indoor training-track suitable for spike use.
There are also many free resources on the PE website, including more than 40 sample articles, a links page, the latest PE-related news and headlines, the PE Blog archives and the Fun Stuff newsletter archive.

For those of you who are PE members, this issue includes a list of the latest articles added to the website. I hope you enjoy this issue! Dick Moss, Editor


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #90
February 11, 2010
2. From the Web/Free Resources


The USTA has developed a new tennis curriculum that includes eight easy-to-follow lesson plans. There's a cost for the complete curriculum, but these lesson plans can be downloaded for free. They're targeted towards grades 3-6, but can be adapted for higher and lower grade levels. The lessons are based on NASPE standards, can accommodate large and small groups and can be conducted without courts.

You can download the free lesson plans from the following web-page. Scroll down to “Bringing Tennis to Schools” and click the “(download here)' link in the third paragraph.


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #90
February 11, 2010
3. New Additions to the Website

Here are the Articles that were added to the PE Update website over the past two weeks.
These articles are available only to paid members of PE

  • Sport Psychology: Parents Receive Significant Benefits From Their Children's Participation In Sport
    Parents who sit at practices and games (and possibly volunteer) may be getting as much out of the experience as their athlete-children.
  • Promotion: School Spirit Contest
    A creative way to attract a gym full of loud, supportive fans, all wearing school colors. Includes a printable award.

  • Reproducibles: Good Luck In Exams Certificate
    A printable certificate that wishes students "good luck" as they begin their exams.

  • Resources/Tennis: Eight School Lesson Plans From The United States Tennis Association
    Eight free physical education program lesson plans for tennis, provided for free from the United States Tennis Association.

  • Soccer: Musical Hoops Leadup Game
    A soccer leadup game that improves dribbling, ball control and field awareness.

  • Tennis: Shorten Your Strides When Approaching Distant Shots
    To prevent overrunning the ball, players should take shorter, quicker strides as they approach distant shots.

425 other articles on these six topics! Become a member and you can access all that information today! Click Here!

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #90
February 11, 2010
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Fun Stuff for Physical Education #90
February 11, 2010
4. From the PE Update Blog
Monday Morning Musings on the World of Sports, Coaching & Physical Education from Editor, Dick Moss.

Every year, students are forced to choose between attending their sport's championship or their high school graduation. Can't this be avoided?
To read more, go to the PE Update Blog:


To see the PE Update Blog archives, go to: PE Update Blog Archives


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #90
February 11, 2010
5. From the Archives
In every issue, I'll highlight a useful article from the PE Update Archives. The article will be available to non-members of the website for a week, and to members forever!

This issue's article is:

Do you use your school hallways for indoor track practice? Here's how a portable, rubberized sprint strip can convert any school hallway into an indoor training track.

The PE website has 97 other "Equipment/Facilities" articles ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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