Teaching Movement Education


Develop students’ movement skills, laying the foundation for the formation of healthy habits.

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To assist students in developing the framework for a healthy life, this text teaches basic movement concepts, including body, space, effort, and relationships. The book features both theory and applied concepts for instructors to utilize as they’re teaching movement skills, to instill the benefits of an active lifestyle in students.

Everything Needed to Teach Movement

This book is designed to be a complete guide for teachers as they work to assist students in building foundations for active lifestyles. The text first approaches movement education in theoretical terms, giving the history, progress, and recent innovations regarding the scientific study of movement. Teachers will learn the core concepts of movement—body, space, effort, and relationships—and work to understand how these elements can be harnessed within lesson planning for optimal results.

As teachers push past theory and delve into practical application, the text offers 121 movement elements—demonstrated by KinetiKidz characters within the book—that can be performed by students. As students master these movement skills they’ll become more confident, feel better, and find themselves grounded in their ability to control their own bodies.

Finally, this guide contains 6 educational games, 6 gymnastics activities, and 5 dance lessons that can be employed within your lesson planning to help students master movement skills.


This text is broken into 2 sections. Section 1 is an introduction to movement education, with 6 chapters focused on the theory of movement. Section 2 is split into 2 parts, spanning 7 additional chapters, detailing the application of information gleaned in Section 1. Two appendices provide quick reference.

  • Activity and Lesson Finder
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Section 1: Introduction to Movement Education
    • Chapter 1. History and Philosophy of Movement Education
    • Chapter 2. Movement Education Framework Content
    • Chapter 3. Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Assessment
    • Chapter 4. Foundation for an Active Lifestyle
    • Chapter 5. Innovative Teaching Ideas for Movement Education
    • Chapter 6. Activity Analysis: Application to the Movement Education Framework
  • Section 2: Teaching Movement Education
    • Part I: Movement Concept Activities
      • Chapter 7. Body Activities
      • Chapter 8. Space Activities
      • Chapter 9. Effort Activities
      • Chapter 10. Relationships Activities
    • Part II: Core Content Area Lessons
      • Chapter 11. Teaching Educational Games
      • Chapter 12. Teaching Educational Gymnastics
      • Chapter 13. Teaching Educational Dance
  • Appendix A: The Flip ’n’ Fold
  • Appendix B: Resources for Teaching the Movement Education Framework
  • Glossary of Movement Education Terms
  • Glosario en Español de Terminología Educativa de Movimiento
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Authors

Book is 280 pages.