Physical Education Resources
GoNoodle is a solution for students who have the wiggles, need a brain break, or are assigned indoor recess again. Educators can set up an account for their class and select an avatar. (These "grow" and change as users continue to utilize the website.) Activities for brain breaks, morning stretches, energizing runs are just some of the options available.
PE Central - What works Best in Physical Education is a website dedicated to educators incorporating physical activity in not only as a core content, but throughout the day. Lessons, Assessments, bulletin board ideas and even professional development ideas. Links to many other PE resources as well.
PowerPoint projector target games- This link will take you to a video with instructions on how educators can create their own projector target games. Very simple construction and easy to personalize the activity to engage all students in this unique skill and strength building activity. This video was created by an elementary PE teacher in Andover, MA.
Cooperative Games - A resource of 50 cooperative and initiative games that require students to work and cooperate with one another in order to complete a task and finish the game. Many choices for either large classes or small classes.
Online Heart Rate Monitor allows users to help you measure your heart rate online, in beats per minute (BPM), without using an actual heart rate monitoring device. Based on your age and maximum heart rate (HRmax), it will also determine your heart rate training zone. Students enter their age prior to tapping their beats to help calculate the rate correctly.
Enhanced Physical Education Resource Guide - This document is a product of the Enhance P.E. Task Force. Illinois Public Act 97- 1102 created the task force, which is charged with promoting and recommending enhanced P.E. programs that can be integrated with a broader wellness strategy and health curriculum in K-12 schools in Illinois.Many resources and website links within this document. Updated ISBE website link to Physical and Health Standards Page CLICK HERE.
Kidnetic - The Web site is designed for kids aged 9-12 and their families, the Leader’s Guide is a lesson-based curriculum guide for health professionals and educators to use when working with patients and students, and the Parents’ Guide provides quick and easy-to-use information just for parents. All components of Kidnetic.com promote healthy eating and active living in a way that is fun and relevant.
Jitterbug is an iOS and Android app that will play a game where bugs go running randomly across the screen. Educators can connect the device to a projector and display the game on a large wall so that students can "over hand throw" balls towards the bugs for skill practice or aerobic exercise. In the advanced mode users can select the amount of bugs and the game will run continuously.
Digital Badges in PhysED is an ebook on how to incorporate a digital badging system to create a "Gamification" system in PE. The ebook breaks down how to setup the system and connects educators with many simple platforms and some "extras" to get students engaged with physical activity outside of the classroom. This system can easily be adopted by a "new to tech" educator as well as an experienced technology educator.
Health Education Resources
SuperTracker from the USDA allows students to create an account or just use the online tools to track food, compare food choices for nutrition, track fitness activities, weight management goals and group challenges.
Daily Fit Log is a tracking system for K-12 students. Educators can setup classes to create student accounts. Educators will need to CALL to start the process. They will receive an activation code, this will allow them to sign in and begin creating classes and student can start creating a fitness plan, health goals and other data. Information can be exported in excel spreadsheets either for one student or the whole class. Students do not need to have an email address to be enrolled.
PBS Learning Media - Illinois Edition- PBS Learning Media provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Health/ PE Topics with interactive activities are searchable but here are a few:
Mouse Party 9th-12th Grade (Drugs)
Fizzy's Lunch Lab 1st-4th Grade (Nutrition)
Nutrition- What your body needs 1st - 5th Grade
Empathy- An Arthur comic K-3rd Grade (SEL)
Kids Health is a great resource of health items in kid friendly language, even a dictionary of medical terms. Many topics covered with interactive activities and videos, lesson ideas and parent connections. Age appropriate up to pre-teen. See the "teen health" here also for teenage topics. Website also has a selection at the bottom of the left hand menu that converts it to Spanish.
Biodigital Human Google App - 3D platform that simplifies the understanding of anatomy, disease and treatments. Explore the body in 3D! A better way to understand health and the human body. The BioDigital Human is a free 3D platform that simplifies the understanding of anatomy, disease, and treatments. The most comprehensive set of true 3D anatomy and health condition models ever assembled, all accessible through your browser! Choose from 1000’s of interactive visualizations to build your own custom library of models. Interactive tools combined with detailed medical descriptions provide an unprecedented new visual format to learn about your body.
Cool Food Planet is a platform that has students interactive within a game environment while learning about their food. It starts off with them selecting their age range 6-8 or 9-12, then they can create their avatar. Choices to play range from "food from farms", "buying your food", etc. There are educator resources available if teachers select "adult" at the bottom of the main website.
Teens Health is a great resource of health items in teen friendly language, even a dictionary of medical terms. Many topics covered with interactive activities and videos, lesson ideas and parent connections. Age appropriate for the teenager that might not want to discuss issues. A website to use in class and to share with students that might just need a resource. The parent tab is a great resources to share with families. Website also has a selection at the bottom of the left hand menu that converts it to Spanish.
The MyPlate Daily Checklist (formerly Daily Food Plan) shows your food group targets – what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. For a more advanced experience, you can create a personal daily food plan using the SuperTracker's MyPlan. You will be asked to create a profile, and you can register to save it if you want. You can then use some or all of the SuperTracker's other features.