A Guide for Elementary Classroom Teachers
ROBERT GAMBLE and JULIA WILKINS
1st ed., April 1996, 213 pages, $19.95
After teaching for many years at the elementary level, Dr. Gamble
came to realize that physical activity was severely lacking in
the average school day. He felt that a solution was to incorporate
some motor activity into his own classroom routine. After searching
for books of ideas or activities to use within the classroom,
he found that there was a shortage of literature and materials
in this area. Although books were available, most of them were
dated, competitive in nature, and seemed to be geared toward learning
in specific content areas. There was nothing that just provided
motor activities that could be used by the classroom teacher at
any stage of the day, with little preparation.
Non-Competitive Motor Activities was written to fill this gap
in the market place. It is intended for elementary teachers of
all grades, to be used at any point when it is felt that a break
from academics and some physical activity would be beneficial
to the learning process. This book is also appropriate for after-school
programs, day care centers, play groups and summer programs. This
book is also every camp director’s dream for those “rainy
days” when activities are confined to the recreation hall.
The book is divided into six sections containing over 200 examples
of motor activities, accompanied by easy-to-follow, step-by-step
instructions. All activities emphasize participation, cooperation,
development of small and large motor skills, while also improving
self-esteem. The activities vary from individual exercises requiring
minimal space to group games necessitating a large area such as
a gymnasium or outdoor play site. All the activities have been
field tested over a number of years.
1: BALL GAMES
2: RUNNING, CHASING AND TAGGING GAMES
3: OBSTACLE COURSES AND BALANCING EXERCISES
4: DIRECTED MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES
5: BODY MOVEMENT GAMES
6: STRETCHING AND EXERCISING WORK-OUTS
Gamble is a professor of Education at D’Youville
College in Buffalo, New York. He has a master’s degree and
Ph.D. in early childhood and elementary education and has been
published widely in these fields.
Julie Wilkins has a master’s degree in social
policy and wrote her thesis on education in women’s prisons.
She has been published widely in this area. She has taught at
all grade levels from kindergarten through twelfth grade and also
has years of experience teaching a broad, particularly in England.