Teaching the Nuts and Bolts of Physical Education

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A field guide for teaching 24 basic locomotor and manipulative skills.

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Aligned with the concepts outlined by SHAPE America, this book helps you to teach 8 locomotor and 17 manipulative skills to students, as a foundation for proper physical development in future years to come. Rather than simply explaining the mechanics of each skill, the text provides a comprehensive guide to teaching them, to ensure mastery on the part of students.

Comprehensive Skill Development

Many books focus on the essential motor skills required to be taught within the demands of national PE standards, however few texts actually provide instruction as to the best way to introduce these skills in a way that allows for easy student adoption, refinement, and mastery. This book focuses on teaching manipulative skills from start to finish, with practical mechanics, examples, and tests to engrain the physical motion and the conceptual idea in students.

The book introduces each skill conceptually, focusing on 4-6 critical elements that go into performing it. As students learn these concepts, cue words and vocabulary are introduced to cement them. Mechanics are introduced to bridge the gap between theory and practice, with troubleshooting charts and guides provided to pinpoint areas of concern for individual students. Lesson plans and activity guides introduce the complete skill into games, so students have fun while learning them!

All chapters and skills are outlined to meet SHAPE America standards, to provide students with a sound foundation for development that will follow them through adolescence and into maturity.

A Myriad of Skills

Introduced within the text are 8 locomotor and 17 manipulative skills, each are instrumental in physical development. Locomotor skills such as sliding, skipping, and jumping are simple for students to understand, yet build into numerous physical activities they’ll encounter in the future, making early mastery critical. Manipulative skills such as throwing, catching, and kicking, will become more important in time as students become physiologically aware of themselves and expand their horizons into athletics.


This book is divided into 10 chapters, each focused on a specific locomotor/manipulative skill and activities conducive to learning that skill.

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • How to Use This Resource
  • Chapter 1. Building Skills for Success
  • Chapter 2. Locomotor Skills
    • Hopping
    • Galloping
    • Sliding
    • Running
    • Skipping
    • Jumping (Vertical)
    • Jumping (Horizontal)
    • Leaping
  • Chapter 3. Underhand Rolling
  • Chapter 4. Throwing
    • Underhand Throwing
    • Overhand Throwing
    • Two-Hand Overhead Throwing
  • Chapter 5. Catching
    • Catching Above the Waist
    • Catching Below the Waist
  • Chapter 6. Passing
    • Bounce Passing
    • Chest Passing
  • Chapter 7. Striking
    • Underhand Striking
    • Sidearm Striking
    • Two-Hand Sidearm Striking
  • Chapter 8. Volleying
    • Forearm Passing
    • Overhead Volleying
  • Chapter 9. Kicking and Punting
    • Kicking
    • Punting
  • Chapter 10. Dribbling
    • Dribbling With Hands
    • Dribbling With Feet
  • References
  • About the Authors

Book is 64 pages.