iRun 201

October 3rd, 2017

Today we will extend the iRun conversation, focusing on how the SPARK HS iRun unit specifically applies principles, guidelines and methods.

iRun 101

September 26th, 2017

SPARK HS’s newest web-only addition, iRun, is a fitness-based running unit designed to promote personal health, fitness and running performance.

Q: How Can We Help Students Reach 60-a-day?

May 5th, 2014

For National Physical Education Week, we’re taking a deeper look into a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and resources available to help reach the goal of 60 minutes of MVPA a day.

How to Use SPARK Integrations

February 7th, 2014

Learn what SPARK Integrations are and how to use them! Integrations include Art, Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, and Science, Wellness, Home, Global, and Multicultural topics.

Healthy Family Habits for Every Month of the Year

January 15th, 2014

True positive change is often not drastic or sweeping. It takes time to modify your family’s lifestyle and create lasting healthy habits. SPARK creates resources for educators to teach kids the importance of physical activity and healthy eating at school, but establishing a healthy routine begins with parents at home. As you look ahead to […]

Holiday-Themed Tag Games

December 9th, 2013

Here are four fun holiday-themed tag games submitted by teachers across the country – these games will get your kids moving and put everyone in the holiday spirit! Grinch Tag Santa’s helpers vs. the Grinch. Holiday hustle has new meaning! Grades K-2   Turtle Dove Tag Limited space movement break with a hungry Turtle Dove. […]

8 Ways to Improve Your Health by the End of the Year

December 6th, 2013

When January 1 rolls around, we are often more determined than ever to get fit and feel great. Research shows that only 8 percent of us actually achieve New Year’s resolutions, however. The main reason? We make dreamy resolutions but fail to follow up with the planning and work needed to achieve them. Instead of […]

Overcoming Challenges to Providing Physical Activity For Preschool-age Children

July 10th, 2012

Part One: Time One of the biggest reasons teachers are not able to provide sufficient amount of minutes of physical activity is time.  With all of the responsibilities teachers have leaves little time for activity.  Instead of giving up, look for ways to integrate activity into your day.  Here are some ideas to get you […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Structured Activity vs Unstructured Activity

July 3rd, 2012

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that preschool-age children should get at least 2 hours of physical activity each day.  An hour of activity should be structured and the other hour unstructured. But what is the difference between these two types of activities? Structured Activity is: • Planned and directed • Designed […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Stop and Start Signals

June 26th, 2012

In order to keep children on task and provide instruction during lessons, it is important to teach children to respond quickly and consistently to start and stop signals. This will allow more time to be spent on activity rather than class management.  There are many different types of stop and start signals.  There are many […]