By Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Provincial Fitness Unit
Guest Writer for PSD Wellness Initiative
With all of the excitement of a new school year, it takes a while to fall back into a routine. As a Health
Champion, you are aware of the district’s support around the development of physical literacy, but you might be
wondering where to start! There is a lot of information and resources available to schools, so here are a few
reminders about resources that you might want to dust off this September.
Ever Active Schools Recipe Card Lesson Plans – These lesson plans are great for Physical Education
and provide well rounded lessons and units all in one.
Be Fit for Life’s Move & Play through Physical Literacy cards are great for extra time, in classroom
activities, warm up activities, and in Physical Education class. These are also great as they were
designed with simple language so that the students can choose and lead activities as well.
The Yoga Techniques for the Classroom resource is great for in class, especially for active breaks.
The cards come with access to pre-set PowerPoint presentations for use in the classroom.
To build on all the above resources, the My Skills Poster and Lesson Plans were created to support
teaching Fundamental Movement Skills. Support the students to learn what skills are called and be
aware of the types of skills they are participating in when being active.
Most importantly, be mindful of the concepts of physical literacy when choosing and playing games and
activities in Physical Education class, classroom daily physical activity opportunities, indoor recess, and even
school wide activity opportunities. Remember, there are a lot of resources out there that can complement all of
the great activities and lessons that you have already. Most of these games and activities focus on purposeful
activities that provide opportunities for students to develop their motivation, confidence, physical competence,
knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.
Lindsay Wright is a trained facilitator with the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta and can be reached at bffln