Teaching Kindergarten Science Concepts Through Physical Education: 13 Movement Activities that Bring the Next Generation Standards to Life
Co-written by Steve Reifman (National Board Certified elementary teacher and author of Rock It!: Transform Classroom Learning with Movement, Songs, and Stories) and Seth Martin (Physical Education specialist and California Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports, Teacher of the Year, 2010), this resource is designed to help busy kindergarten teachers enhance their science instruction through the use of movement, while also strengthening their physical education curriculum. It contains 13 movement activities that are 100% aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for Kindergarten.
The standards include four topics: Weather and Climate, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Forces and Interactions, and Engineering Design. Within these overall topics, there are 13 specific standards. The structure of the book is extremely user-friendly and was created so that each of the 13 movement activities directly addresses one of the standards.
Movement is a powerful learning catalyst. Movement engages, energizes, and motivates. Children react differently to activities that include movement. Students become emotionally involved, pay closer attention, and remember more. The activities in this PDF resonate with children on an emotional level, engage them deeply, and enable them to make a personal connection with academic content.
Each activity description includes a brief introduction, the standard being addressed, the time and materials needed, a recommended location and student grouping arrangement, the steps involved in preparing for and completing the activity, and possible variations and extensions. In addition, the resource includes a link to a free set of printable pages needed to implement some of the activities.