We are excited to announce a new resource for Dallas ISD teachers, students, and families. This resource has been developed in response to a recommendation by the School Health Advisory Council's Physical Activity and Fitness Subcommittee with the purpose of ensuring we maintain and promote the physical activity and fitness levels of our students whether they are receiving face-to-face or remote learning opportunities. The initiative utilizes a monthly calendar that will provide opportunities for parent and family engagement in activities that will promote the importance of physical activity and support overall health and wellness. The calendar will also support the use of activity breaks or "MOVING MINUTES" in the classroom setting. The Physical Activity and Fitness Calendar is called "Dallas ISD On the Move!" and we would like your support in promoting it to your campus staff, students, and families. Dallas ISD On the Move! can be accessed by clicking the photo above.
Physical education (PE) is a required academic subject that teaches participation in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity. In PE, students learn to work as a team, develop healthy personal fitness habits, and set fitness goals now and throughout their lives. Like other academic subjects, PE is based on a curriculum, with learning standards. Students learn a wide range of skills in PE, not just sports.
Children and teens should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Physical education and physical activity are important because they help young people stay healthy and alert, and can improve academic achievement. Exercise and daily physical activity can help students manage their stress and focus better on their lessons.
Like other academic subject areas, if your child cannot be in the school building, the school should provide PE instruction via remote learning. While your child is at home, you can support their learning and encourage them to participate in physical activity every day with the following free resources.
- Rising New York Road Runners: Active at Home(Open external link): Provides physical literacy-based activities and games for students, families, and teachers to do at home. The activities in this free site are safe to practice under space constraints and social distancing guidelines.
- BOKS At Home Resources(Open external link): Free physical activity curriculum and support for parents to make physical activity and play a part of every child’s day.
- CATCH Health at Home:(Open external link) (free access through Google Classroom)
- GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home(Open external link): Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos and curricular activities
- MTI World Beats(Open external link): Produced by the NYCDOE and Hip Hop Public Health, this collection of Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Bollywood, Lo-Fi, and Latin music will get your student dancing and moving. Free download!
- Hip Hop Public Health: H.Y.P.E. at Home(Open external link): No gym, no problem! You don’t need any fancy equipment to dance. Listen to these dance breaks to encourage physical activity at home.
- Online Physical Education Network(Open external link) (OPEN): Games, calendars, activity logs, and other resources for parents and teachers to encourage movement at home.
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Fitness Breaks(Open external link): Short videos with soccer, basketball, and other exercises.
- USA Baseball Fun at Bat at Home(Open external link): This introductory bat-and-ball program offers several baseball/softball-related activities that can be done at home through a complete activity curriculum, interactive videos, access to the USA Baseball Championship Principles book, coloring sheets, and more.
- USTA Tennis at Home(Open external link): Find tennis tips, fun activities, and tennis-themed educational content the United States Tennis Association and Net Generation to keep everyone in the family active.