Physical Best Activity Guides

Developed by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Education (formerly AAHPERD), a trusted source in the PE field!

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These books have been developed by physical education teachers, for physical education teachers! Both Elementary and Middle/High School versions contain information activities that are suitable for any student. The Teacher Guide focuses on correlating research showing that physical activity directly relates to academic performance, and uses specialized methods to help you incorporate this concept into current classes.

PE, Rooted in Science

Decades of scientific research have proven a correlation between regular physical activity and a myriad of critical developmental prospects for students, including good health and improved cognitive performance. Physical Best Activity Guides put this research to work by introducing practical, field-tested lessons, and activity plans into your PE curriculum, designed to drive positive progress in other areas of students’ lives. With these lesson plans in place, students will literally play their way to a higher level of developmental wellness!

Each lesson laid out within these guides utilizes the best in modern research data, in accordance with SHAPE America standards, and National Physical Activity guidelines. Each chapter includes not only the activity plans themselves, but also key discussion topics for the class, assessment and goal setting materials, real-world examples, and testing materials.

Two Levels of Education

Lifelong activity is an integral part of lifestyle that’s learned throughout adolescence, which is why there are 2 activity guide options for teachers to choose from.

  • Elementary guides offer 78 activity options that are designed to be non-competitive and unintimidating to younger students as they start their journey to an active lifestyle. Each activity outlined offers a distinct lesson to help students relate physical movement with their overall wellness. This guide provides a fundamental foundation for learning more advanced health concepts in later years.
  • Middle/High-School guide take active education a step further, to instill the importance of movement and physical activity in students who are at transitionary periods in their life. 70 different activities explore everything from movement and dance to nutrition and diet, to lay out a comprehensive understanding for wellness. Students will learn to set physical goals and meet them in a variety of different ways that are conducive to their unique bodies and lifestyles.

See full content lists for each below.

Teacher’s Guide

This guide is broken into 4 parts, spanning 14 total chapters relating to physical fitness. It also includes student assessment materials and appendices with reproducible materials and tabulated information.

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Foundations of Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity
    • Chapter 1. Introduction to Physical Best
      • What Is Physical Best?
      • What Makes Physical Best Unique?
      • Physical Best Companion Resources
      • Related Resources
      • Physical Best Certification
      • Summary
    • Chapter 2. Physical Activity Behavior and Motivation
      • Does Physical Activity Decline With Age?
      • Internal Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behavior
      • External Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behavior
      • Why Physical Activity Decreases With Age
      • Motivating Students to Be Active for Life
      • Creating Physical Education Programs That Motivate
      • Building a Fitness Program Using Student Goals
      • Summary
    • Chapter 3. Basic Training Principles
      • Understanding the Basic Training Principles
      • Applying the Basic Training Principles
      • Components of a Physical Activity Session
      • Social Support and Safety Guidelines
      • Summary
    • Chapter 4. Nutrition
      • Foundations of a Healthy Diet
      • Categories of Nutrition
      • Dietary Tools
      • Consequences of an Unhealthy Diet
      • Summary
  • Part II: Components of Health-Related Fitness
    • Chapter 5. Aerobic Fitness
      • Importance of Aerobic Fitness
      • Defining and Measuring Aerobic Fitness
      • Teaching Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness
      • Determining How Much Physical Activity Is Needed
      • Aerobic Fitness Training Principles
      • Monitoring Intensity
      • Cross-Discipline Ideas
      • Training Methods for Aerobic Fitness
      • Addressing Motor Skills Through Aerobic Fitness Activities
      • Safety Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness Activities
      • Summary
    • Chapter 6. Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Definitions of Muscular Strength and Endurance Concepts
      • Benefits of Resistance Training
      • Resistance-Training Cautions
      • Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Principles of Training
      • Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Addressing Motor Skills Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
      • Safety Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
      • Summary
    • Chapter 7. Flexibility
      • Definitions of Flexibility Concepts
      • Types of Stretching
      • Benefits of Flexibility
      • Factors Affecting Flexibility
      • Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility
      • Principles of Training
      • Addressing Motor Skills Through Flexibility Activities
      • Safety Guidelines for Flexibility Activities
      • Summary
    • Chapter 8. Body Composition
      • Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition
      • Relating Body Composition to Other Health-Related Fitness Components
      • Methods of Measuring Body Composition
      • Helping the Overfat or Underfat Student
      • Summary
  • Part III: Curriculum and Teaching Methods
    • Chapter 9. Integrating Health-Related Physical Fitness Education Into the Curriculum
      • Curriculum Development
      • Recommended Core Content for a Health-Related Fitness Education
      • Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
      • Program Design
      • National Standards
      • Developing Curriculum to Promote Lifetime Fitness
      • Fitness for Life
      • Determining Unit or Grade-Level Outcomes
      • Summary
    • Chapter 10. Teaching Styles and Strategies
      • Preparing the Environment
      • Teaching Styles
      • Enhancing Health-Related Fitness in the Classroom Setting
      • The Homework Concept
      • Extending Physical Activity Time
      • Technology
      • Summary
    • Chapter 11. Including Everyone
      • Relevant Laws
      • Benefits of Inclusion
      • Methods of Inclusion
      • Major Areas in Which to Ensure Inclusion
      • Summary
  • Part IV: Foundations of Assessment in Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity
    • Chapter 12. Principles of Assessment
      • Assessment
      • Applying Assessment Tools
      • Grading and Reporting Student Progress
      • Using Assessments for Program Planning
      • Summary
    • Chapter 13. Assessing Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity
      • Guidelines for Appropriate Health-Related Fitness Assessment
      • FitnessGram®
      • Tailoring Health-Related Fitness Assessment
      • Using Health-Related Fitness Results Appropriately
      • Guidelines for Appropriate Physical Activity Assessment
      • Strategies for Assessing Physical Activity
      • Using Physical Activity Assessment Results
      • Summary
    • Chapter 14. Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Domains
      • Cognitive and Affective Domains
      • Health-Related Fitness Knowledge: The Cognitive Domain
      • The Affective Domain
      • Tools for Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Domains
      • Grading in the Cognitive and Affective Domains
      • Summary
  • Appendix A: Worksheets and Reproducibles
  • Appendix B: Nutrient Content Claims
  • Appendix C: Exercises for Prepuberty
  • Appendix D: Alternatives for Questionable Exercises
  • Appendix E: Body Mass and Body Composition Measures
  • Appendix F: Student Asthma Action Card
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index
  • About Physical Best

Book is 288 pages.

Elementary Guide

This book is divided into 2 parts, spanning 8 total chapters relating to physical fitness. It also includes a CD-ROM with student instructions.

  • Activity Finder
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Introduction
    • Chapter 1. Teaching Elementary Health-Related Fitness
      • National Standards for Physical Education
      • National Health Education Standards
      • National Standards for Dance Education
      • Integrating Physical Best Into the Elementary Physical Education Curriculum
      • Physical Best Activity Template
      • Summary
    • Chapter 2. Introduction to Health-Related Fitness Concepts
      • Health-Related Fitness Versus Skill-Related Fitness
      • Physical Fitness
      • Inclusion in Physical Education
      • Principles of Training
      • Key Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents
      • FITT Guidelines
      • The Activity Session
      • Motivating Students
      • Setting Goals
      • Summary
  • Part II: Activities
    • Chapter 3. Aerobic Fitness
      • Defining Aerobic Fitness
      • Teaching Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness
      • Training Methods for Aerobic Fitness
      • Safety and Aerobic Fitness
      • Aerobic Fitness Newsletter
    • Chapter 4. Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Defining Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Motor Skill Development Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
      • Muscular Strength and Endurance Newsletter
    • Chapter 5. Flexibility
      • Defining Flexibility
      • Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility
      • Training Methods for Flexibility
      • Motor Skill Development Through Flexibility Activities
      • Flexibility Newsletter
    • Chapter 6. Body Composition
      • Defining Body Composition
      • Relating Body Composition to the Other Health-Related Components
      • Nutrition
      • Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition
      • Body Composition Resources on CD-ROM
    • Chapter 7. Combined-Component Training
      • Teaching Guidelines for Combining Health-Related Fitness Activities
    • Chapter 8. Special Events
  • Appendix
  • References
  • About Physical Best
  • CD-ROM User Instructions

Middle/High School Guide

This guide is broken into 3 parts, spanning 10 total chapters relating to physical fitness. It also includes a CD-ROM with student instructions

  • Activity Finder
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Introduction
    • Chapter 1. Teaching Middle and High School Health-Related Fitness
      • National Standards for Physical Education
      • National Health Education Standards
      • National Standards for Dance Education
      • Integrating Physical Best Into the Middle and High School Physical Education Curriculum
      • Physical Best Activity Template
      • Summary
    • Chapter 2. Introduction to Health-Related Fitness Concepts
      • Health-Related Fitness
      • Summary
  • Part II: Activities
    • Chapter 3. Aerobic Fitness
      • Defining Aerobic Fitness
      • Teaching Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness
      • Training Methods for Aerobic Fitness
      • Motor Skill Development Through Aerobic Fitness
    • Chapter 4. Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Defining Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance
      • Motor Skill Development Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
    • Chapter 5. Flexibility
      • Defining Flexibility
      • Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility
      • Training Methods for Flexibility
      • Motor Skill Development Through Flexibility Activities
    • Chapter 6. Body Composition
      • Body Composition, Physical Activity, and Nutrition
      • Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition
    • Chapter 7. Combined-Component Training
      • Teaching Guidelines for Combined-Component Training
      • Motor Skill Development Through Combined-Component Training
  • Part III: Personal Fitness Connections
    • Chapter 8. Self-Management and Goal Setting
    • Chapter 9. Being a Good Health and Physical Activity Consumer
    • Chapter 10. Planning for a Physically Active Lifestyle
  • Appendix
  • References
  • About Physical Best
  • How to Use This CD-ROM

Physical Best Activity Guide Options

Physical Best Activity Guides are available individually in 3 varieties.

  • Elementary
  • Middle/High School
  • Teacher’s Guide 
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