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  • Objective: Adapted from the game In the Zone (Hughes, J. 2002. No Standing Around in My Gym. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics), Catch Me if You Can emphasizes teamwork and strategy through a high-energy passing and catching manipulative game.
  • From my book PE2theMax II: Stepping up the “Game” in Physical Education, the game of Action Packed provides a great way to introduce and/or integrate multiple fitness and social activities that will allow students to demonstrate competency in fitness skills, in the attempts to also enhance persistence, team- work, and camaraderie.
  • Objective: To reinforce spatial awareness, fleeing and dodging, throwing for accuracy, and hula hoop manipulatives in the wacky, action-packed game of Hooper’s Hulas.
  • Objective: to provide students various ways to develop and improve aim and accuracy while learning to manipulate various throwing objects.
  • From my book PE2theMax II: Stepping up the “Game” in Physical Education, in the game of Going Cuckoo, students must cooperatively and quickly work together to get all of the misplaced Cuckoo eggs safely to their mother’s nest, while reinforcing throwing, catching, hand-eye coordination, and cardiovascular fitness. Scenario: There are two common kinds of cuckoos in North America, the blue-billed cuckoo and the red-billed cuckoo. Bird watchers have observed and learned that cuckoos do not like to care for their young. The sad truth is that cuckoos actually lay their eggs in another bird’s nest and leave them to be hatched and cared for by another bird. To avoid the risk of extinc- tion, a group of bird watchers have decided to team up and find the misplaced cuckoo eggs and safely transfer all the fragile eggs to their natural mother’s nest.
  • Objective: This is a fast-paced aerobic game that focuses on the movement competencies of dodging and fleeing.
  • Objective: A strategy-based game where teamwork, decisiveness, and communication skills are critical to win it ALL or walk away with NOTHING (accept having fun with your friends and getting active)!
  • Objective: This game improves bowling for accuracy while placing students in nonstop defensive situations.
  • Objective: Students will practice and improve bouncing for accuracy, spatial awareness, defensive strategy, and cardiovascular endurance in the high- energy game of A Drop in the Bucket.
  • This is an excerpt from my book PE²: Double the Physical + Double the Education = Double the Fun. Included are some additional teaching tips to assist you in time management and grouping strategies. These strategies are especially helpful if you teach large classes of 50+.
  • Each class that arrives to physical education must enter the gym, get into personal space, and await the teacher’s instructions. A student “caught being ready” (sitting still, listening, etc.) is chosen every class to go to the stage to be the Stretch Captain. Variation/Option: since most students want to be chosen, I’ve added a new stipulation in order to be selected as the Stretch Captain. In this variation I ask “who knows their multiples of 4 or 6 or 8, etc. This limits the number of students who raise their hands and challenges those students who do not know their multiples to learn them so that they may be chosen for a future class. The Stretch Captain will read and lead each stretch from the list of stretches, while counting to 10 or whatever multiple is chosen times 10. Upon completion, the Stretch Captain will roll the fitness die to determine what fitness activity all students must perform. Note: the teacher can supplement any fitness activity if a fitness die is not available. This is a great incentive for entering the gym correctly because EVERYONE wants to be the Stretch Captain!
  • Helpers of the Month Here is a fun incentive I use with my 5th graders who excel and demonstrate great attitudes in physical education. Helpers of the Month assist me in promoting behavior expectations to other students. This incentive utilizes 5th graders as physical education helpers in daily setup, cleanup, errands, and other classroom management needs. 5th Grade Student Teachers Here is a fun incentive I use with fifth graders who excel and demonstrate great attitudes in physical education. This program utilizes fifth graders as student teachers at various physical education stations for kindergarteners.
  • For decades, there has been a search for PE activities that blend academic and physical elements. With time being a huge factor, a balance must be achieved; physical intensity must not be diminished by time spent on verbal instruction. Could the answer to this balance be easy? Easy as PIE? INNOVATIVE WAY YOUR P.E. PROGRAM CAN: •Promote reading and math •Reinforce classroom content •Challenge students physically and mentally PHYSICAL: Students use lots of high energy locomotor skills, running, skipping, leaping etc, to find assigned letters and in the span of a few seconds use fine motor skills to place the ball on the word building tray. Correct throwing form and proper basketball shooting technique may be practiced as students must throw balls into the unique mixer goal. ACADEMIC: Beginning readers get extra practice in letter recognition, spelling high frequency sight words and word building. Established readers use subject specific task cards to reinforce classroom concepts in areas of English, science, nutrition, health, etc. The math concept of fractions is utilized as “just keeping score in a game.” COLLABORATIVE: Students work in teams and every team member has a role to play. Each team has a captain, a point guard and several letter “ninjas”. Teams compete for points by spelling words quickly and must work together. The elements of cooperation and competition are extremely effective in keeping students motivated and on task. The inventor of the game, Carol Cranford is a retired physical education specialist from Alabama. "Thank you for checking out this game. It is now a staple item in my physical education curriculum because my students love it". JD Hughes
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    Objective: To elevate dance appreciation through unique, fun, and exciting rhythmic dance skills with the attempt to alleviating any preconceived negative feelings concerning dance.
  • These are a few hands-on tools I use to engage students in the learning process. I simply tie them into a lesson/game that fits well with the tool I'm using. Although there is a small investment involved to add these products to your equipment, it's interesting to see how captivated students are when they can actually see and feel the effects of an occluded artery, or how much sugar and fat are in the foods they eat. Students also are amazed at the fat chunk and that although it weighs the same as muscle, it takes up twice the space, plus it is gross to feel. The Pack of Toxic Tar Display contains two removable cigarettes filled with gooey "tar." The tar in these two cigarettes represents the amount of toxic tar that a smoker receives from smoking one pack of cigarettes.
  • Nonverbal cues are a great time management tool I often times implement in physical education to avoid disrupting the flow of learning when instruction is being given. Implementing the nonverbal cues allows me to quickly address and alleviate many problems instead of stopping the class, addressing the problem, and re-starting the class. For example, I’m demonstrating a skill and I notice a student who is talking to a friend; instead of calling them out and disrupting class, I simply make eye contact with that student and do the “cut it out” cue without hindering my demonstration.
  • This new guide includes 30 games and dances in an easy-to-use spiral bound book. All games and activities have been classroom-tested and used successfully with children ages 4 to 13.
  • To elevate dance appreciation through unique, fun, and exciting rhythmic dance skills with the attempt to alleviating any preconceived negative feelings concerning dance.
  • Objective: All students will actively engage in the mysterious game of Trick or Treasure because what is unveiled could be a trick or could be a treasure. Trick or Treasure provides a fun, high-energy outlet for students to reinforce fitness skills, strategy and deception.
  • EcSTATIC Bowling

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    OBJECTIVE: EcSTATIC Bowling is the advanced and more competitive version from the original game of EcSTATIC. Teams will race to complete the cooperative bowling and static balance challenges. AND as a bonus, holding static poses is great for building core strength!
  • OBJECTIVE: Grinchmas will be one of your go-to favorites to get your students into the holiday spirit. Co-authored with my great friend and colleague Butch Soles, Grinchmas was birthed out of the games Stack Attack and Blockheads from PE²: Double the Physical + Double the Education = Double the Fun (2011), Grinchmas is an ideal game to help students practice and improve throwing and bowling for accuracy, and offensive and defensive strategy. Grinchmas combines the art of cup/bucket stacking, the strategy, and tactics incorporated in offense and defense, the skill of throwing and bowling to hit various targets, along with the “never give up” attitude it takes to be successful. SCENARIO: The grumpy, old Mr. Grinch and his Grinch relatives are back at it once again to try and take away the joy of Christmas by stealing the children’s presents and destroying all of the Christmas trees! It is up to the children of Arborville to save Christmas by sending all of the Christmas presents back down the chimney and returning the Christmas trees to all of the families of Arborville.
  • Gobble, Gobble PE Game

    $1.00$2.00
    Students will practice and improve kicking and soccer-style dribbling, defensive and offensive strategy, and cardiovascular endurance in the throwback, Pac Man-like game of Gobble, Gobble.
  • This updated version includes 120 pages of 24 of my newest, never-seen-before games that infuse play and fun with a purpose along with movement-based games that integrate common core material along with 2, fun dances. The games contain easy-to-read illustrations, diagrams for class set up, and task cards along with answer sheets.
  • If you agree that physical education should be fun, instructive, and a place where students acquire physical and life skills, then you’ll love the games and activities in PE2theMax! J.D. Hughes, author of the No Standing Around in My Gym.
  • Keep all students in your physical education program moving, learning, and on their toes—even when you're teaching very large classes.
  • Hula Hut Throw Down

    $2.00$2.50
    Hula Hut Throw Down combines the art of hula hut building, the strategical tactics incorporated in offense and defense, the skills of hitting various targets, along with the “never give up” attitude it takes to be successful.
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    To elevate dance appreciation through unique, fun, and exciting rhythmic dance skills with the attempt to alleviating any preconceived negative feelings concerning dance.
  • Objective: The dice game of Blockheads provides a fun, high-energy outlet for students to reinforce fitness skills and practice number recognition, number comparisons, and be able to create and solve various subtraction problems.
  • Pokémon Go Get ‘em is a cooperative game that will allow students the opportunity to explore various ways to develop and improve ball manipulation, slingshot skills of force and accuracy, while helping to improve each student’s cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.
  • Objective: This game requires teamwork and critical thinking in a race to build the tallest building. The idea of building blocks may also be used to introduce and reinforce the FITT principle of exercise (Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type).
  • This indispensable resource includes 95 pages of teaching tips, incentives, motivational ideas as well as unique, never-seen-before games that infuse play and fun with a purpose. The games contain easy-to-read illustrations and diagrams to aid in class setup.
  • J.D. Hughes’ 100+ minute easy-to-use DVD offers a stimulating assortment of action-packed, educational games and ideas that focus on maximizing participation and involvement, as well as including ways to intrigue, engage, and motivate your students for years to come.
  • Scooter Scavenger is an invigorating Scooter board game that improves teamwork, strategy, and counting skills. There are many exciting variations in this fast-paced scooter game!
  • The Best of PE² & HyPEd Up Volume 4 offers 11 of J.D.’s most popular gym-tested games and dances, along with his insightful behavioral and classroom management strategies.
  • J.D. Hughes’ 100+ minute easy-to-use DVD offers a stimulating assortment of action-packed, educational games and ideas that focus on maximizing participation and involvement, as well as including ways to intrigue, engage, and motivate your students for years to come.
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    Objective: This is a fast-paced game where teamwork, decisiveness, and communication skills are critical to wheel ’n deal teams to success.
  • Objective: to help students perform/practice kicking, trapping, dribbling, and passing skills through soccer stations to prepare them for a game-type situations.
  • The Best of PE² & HyPEd Up Volume 3 offers 11 of J.D.’s most popular gym-tested games and dances, along with his insightful behavioral and classroom management strategies.
  • Objective: This mind-boggling game improves problem solving, teamwork, strategy, and accuracy as each level challenges teams to make “the great escape.”
  • OBJECTIVE: Adapted from the game Hula Hut Throw Down (PE2theMax II, 2011), Volleyblaster is an awesome follow up game to reinforce the skills of volleyball. Volleyblaster combines the art of hula hut building, the tactics incorporated in offense and defense, the serving skills of volleyball and hitting various targets, along with the “never give up” attitude it takes to be successful.
  • Objective: This is a game where pandemonium, throwing and bowling for accuracy, and teamwork can actually coexist.
  • This bundle contains 69 Physical Education essential questions and 26 Vocabulary Words to be posted on my word wall in the gymnasium. Each EQ and Word Wall (WW) will be discussed and/or illustrated at some point during the physical education year. I felt that each of these EQs and vocabulary words should be incorporated into my curriculum and covered to ensure a balance of learning in my physical education class. I believe these EQs and words will make a significant difference in building students’ background knowledge and comprehension. Each EQ and Vocabulary Word has been typed up on its on page. All you have to do is print them out.
  • Objective: to utilize gymnastic mats and scooters to reinforce teamwork, offensive and defensive strategy, and aerobic fitness. The object of the game is to travel around on your scooter to try and destroy all of the other team's force fields (gymnastic mats) by knocking them down with the BIG ball.
  • Bowling Bombs II challenges each student’s bowling accuracy, offensive and defensive strategy, and cardiovascular fitness, while encouraging spatial awareness.
  • To elevate dance appreciation through unique, fun, and exciting rhythmic dance skills with the attempt to alleviating any preconceived negative feelings concerning dance.
  • Objective: This is an invigorating fitness game where teamwork and strategy can easily be confused with “C.H.A.O.S.”
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    OBJECTIVE: It’s sometimes “Risky Business” trying to make money in today’s society, but with some hard work and some potential low or high risk investments, you can really make it big! The game of Risky Business is a cooperative challenge that provides a great way to introduce money recognition and counting money, while integrating running and fitness in the attempt to enhance persistence, teamwork, and camaraderie.
  • Objective: a great cardiovascular game that not only improves hand-eye coordination, throwing, catching, and aiming skills, but also introduces and reinforces young children to teamwork, cooperative, and strategizing skills. This game comes from my first book, No Standing Around in My Gym.
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    Students will develop and improve Frisbee manipulation skills of visual tracking, accuracy, control, throwing, and catching. Frisbee Smack Down utilizes various positions to provide teammates multiple opportunities to communicate and elicit teamwork and strategy to become team champions.
  • In Yeah Baby! students learn how to strategically place items to avoid losing them to the other team, work on finesse, and improve throwing for accuracy.
  • OBJECTIVE: Adapted from the game Cold Hard Cash (HyPEd Up, 2017), We’re on Lockdown is a high energy, non-stop fitness game where teamwork and perseverance are crucial to find the hidden keys. The hidden keys will then be used to unlock each safe to expose the mystery code to escape the lockdown.
  • Objective: Students will explore various ways to develop and improve ball manipulation skills such as visual tracking, accuracy, control, throwing, catching, and socializational skills through the use of Super 70 Gatorskin balls or tennis balls. The game of Bucket Bash will also test each child’s patience, demanding perseverance in order to succeed.
  • The objective of Scooter Skills Galore is to explore the many exciting ways to manipulate and control scooters while participating both independently and with a partner.
  • Objective: Students will explore the various ways to develop and improve balloon manipulation skills such as visual tracking, accuracy, control, tapping, catching, right- and left-handed manipulation, and socialization skills through the use of balloons.
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    Watch student teams “Launch It” in a cooperative game that will allow students the opportunity to explore various ways to develop and improve ball manipulation, and slingshot skills of trajectory, force, and accuracy. The game of Launch It is a great prerequisite to the games of Slingshot and Slingshot Golf.
  • I designed Scoot N' Shoot to help reinforce the basketball skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting, while on a scooter. Your students will love this unique way to exercise them on scooters while getting to play basketball.
  • The objective of Outbreak is to maximize participation, teamwork, and aerobic fitness in a Zombie-like tag game. Players are trying to collect enough medicine to survive the deadly Outbreak!
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    Objective: Students will practice and reinforce number recognition, number comparisons, and be able to recognize the differences between greater than, less than, more, less, high, low, and equal to through the thrilling game of Roll with It.