Physical Education for Homeschool, Classroom, and Recreation Settings

Over 100 activities for small groups!


Give your small groups of students a chance to have huge amounts of fun with more than 100 games designed to keep them engaged, active, and excited. Each game within this text is easy to learn and provides endless hours of fun, while also building critical skills required to lead a healthy life.

Great for Small Groups

Great for groups of students at camp, in recreational settings, who are homeschooled, or who have been broken into smaller groups within a larger class, the games outlined in this book work to make the most of small-group play. Games and concepts presented in the book rely on smaller groups to ensure everyone is involved in the game and is contributing a vital part. The result are games that build confidence in individuals and that foster team cooperation.

There are 7 types of activities laid out within this book, giving you the ability to choose a game that’s best fitting to your lesson focus or group of students. Choose from warm up and cool down activities; target, net, wall, and territory games; dribbling, striking, and field games; and dance and gymnastics activities. The sheer variety and scope of games possible makes this guide a supreme resource for homeschooled students and physical education at camps.

A Superior Resource

Each of the 104 game variations described within the text comes grounded in superior research and investigation as to their ability to stimulate a child’s cognitive and physical development. Games are backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) research, the Canadian Sport for Life Model, and the proven Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach.

Activities are also easy for instructors to quickly understand and relay to students. The book comes with complete explanations of each, as well as photos and illustrations that might be required to describe them. Included suggestions even help you to understand and modify the core facets of the game to best fit your small group of students.


This book is broken into 8 chapters, each focusing on a different type of game style.

  • Game Finder
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Understanding the Big Picture
    • Teaching Games for Understanding
    • Use of Questions
    • Teaching Suggestions
    • Equipment Suggestions
    • Overall Learning Expectations
    • Lesson Planning
  • Chapter 2. Warm-Up, Cool-Down, and Fitness Games
    • Warm-Up
    • Cool-Down
    • Stretching
    • What Is Fitness?
    • Warm-Up and Cool-Down Cardio Activities
    • Warm-Up and Cool-Down Strength Activities
  • Chapter 3. Target Games
    • Throwing
    • Rolling
    • Shooting, Throwing, or Kicking
    • Passing (Football)
  • Chapter 4. Territory Invasion Games
    • Dribbling
    • Ball Control
    • Passing
    • Shooting
    • Defense
  • Chapter 5. Net and Wall Games
    • Racket
    • Volleyball Pass
  • Chapter 6. Striking and Fielding Games
    • Striking and Throwing
    • Passing
    • Fielding
    • Running
  • Chapter 7. Dance
    • Dance Instructions: No Fear!
    • Dance Instructions Made Easy and Fun
    • Overall Movement Patterns
    • Creating Your Own Dances
    • More Formalized Dances
  • Chapter 8. Gymnastics
    • Skill Development for First to Fifth Grades
    • Other Types of Gymnastics
    • Progression
    • Using the Movement Themes and Variations
    • Lesson Format
  • References and Resources
  • About the Authors

Book is 232 pages.

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  • Unit: Ea
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