50 Games for Going Green: Physical Activities That Teach Healthy Environmental Concepts

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Human Kinetics, 2012 - Education - 112 pages
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Activate your students' interest in environmental issues with these fun physical activities! With 50 Games for Going Green: Physical Activities That Teach Healthy Environmental Concepts, teachers and youth leaders will find easy-to-present games and activities to inspire and educate students about caring for the environment.

Authors Carol Scaini and Carolyn Evans have created a range of innovative activities to help students learn the value of reducing, reusing, and recycling and explore concepts of carbon footprint reduction, climate change, and global warming. 50 Games for Going Green includes

- warm-up, circuit, and station activities;

- physical fitness challenges, relay races, and literacy and drama activities; and

- cooperative games.

A special Eco-Thoughts feature offers simple take-aways with each activity, giving your students information to think about, discuss, and act on. Easily adaptable for a range of ages, abilities, and skill levels, this collection of activities will help your students get moving, thinking, and working together while learning what they can do to help the environment.

50 Games for Going Green makes learning a truly active experience and gives you creative ways to help students get their daily dose of moderate to vigorous physical activity. The activities can be played in the gym, classroom, or outdoors and require little or no equipment. Many activities repurpose everyday recyclable items for play, such as cards from recycled paper, balls from socks, and bowling pins from plastic bottles.

Detailed descriptions and illustrations make it easy to understand how to teach each activity, and the game finder helps you quickly choose the right one for each class. In addition, the book's easy-to-follow format provides information for each activity on equipment and setup requirements, instructions for play, variations, and safety considerations.

Taking an active learning approach to environmental stewardship makes caring for the Earth a tangible, memorable, and fun experience. By encouraging students to get active and go green, 50 Games for Going Green offers a hands-on way for students to contribute to their physical health and improve the health of their environment.

 

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Contents

WarmUp Activities
1
Relays
19
Circuit and Station Activities
35
Literacy and Drama Activities
51
Fitness Activities
63
Cooperative Activities
87
50 Ways to Pitch In and Do Your Part
105
Recommended Resources
109
About the Authors
111
Ad
113
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About the author (2012)

Carol Scaini, MEd, is a health and physical education teacher, guidance counselor, and member of the environmental team at Treeline Public School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Scaini is also a part-time health and physical education qualification instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (OISE/UT) and a part-time instructor in the department of education at Tyndale University College in Toronto.

An experienced educator, Scaini is a frequent presenter at health and physical education conferences and has authored several health and physical education resources for a number of nonprofit organizations and health and physical education organizations.

Scaini is a member of Physical and Health Education Canada's Health Promoting Schools Program Advisory Committee (HPS PAC) and an executive member of the Ontario Association for the Supervision of Physical Education and Health Education (OASPHE).

In 2011, Scaini earned an Award of Distinction from the Peel District School Board. She received the Dr. Andy Anderson Young Professional Award from PHE Canada in 2007 and the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001. That same year, Scaini received the honor of Ontario Teacher of the Year.

In her free time, Scaini enjoys exercise, photography, technology, and time with her nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Carolyn Evans, BEdu, is a teacher librarian with the Peel District in Mississauga, Ontario. She is also the coordinator of school environmental initiatives and chairperson of the school green team. With a passion for health and environmental issues in education, Carolyn has 30 years of teaching experience in physical education, classroom, special education, and library.

Evans has been a workshop presenter at various school, board, and provincial conferences and has developed various resources in health and physical education for not-for-profit and health and physical education organizations.

In 2007, Evans was given an Award of Distinction from the Peel Board of Education for her exemplary work on the Daily Physical Activity Implementation Committee. In 2010, she was nominated for the Prime Minister's Award, a national award in recognition of teaching excellence' the Premier's Award, a provincial award for excellence in leadership; and another Award of Distinction from the Peel Board of Education.

Evans is a member of Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), Ontario Physical Health and Education Association (OPHEA), Canadian Intramural and Recreation Association (CIRA), HPE steering committees with Peel District School Board, ECOKIDS.ca, and Schools for a Living Planet-World Wildlife Federation (WWF).

In her free time, Evans enjoys being active with her family in the great outdoors, gardening, and reading.

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