Listed below are some articles and books that may be of interest to the classroom and physical education teacher concerning integration of PE with other subject matter. Check out our Bookstore as well for these and other Integrated books.


Teaching Elementary Physical Education. January 1999, Vol. 10. Special feature on The Integrated Curriculum.

Teaching Elementary Physical Education. May 1996, Vol. 7. Special feature on Integration.

Werner, P. (1996). Interdisciplinary programing: An idea whose time has come. Teaching Elementary Physical Education (September). p. 28-30.

Interdisciplinary programing discusses the inherent values and ways in which two or more disciplines can be combined together to enhance learning. The different levels of interdisciplinary programing are discussed and principles for selecting subjects are detailed.

Rauschebach, J. (1996). Tying it all together: Integrating physical education and other subject areas. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 67, (2).

This article discusses the advantages of integrated activities. It explores the advantages of subject integration and provides guidelines for planning activities.

Placek, J. & Sullivan, M. (Jan. 1997). The many faces of integrated physical education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, pp. 20-24.

Recently, the concept of an integrated curriculum in schools has received increased attention. Placek and Sullivan discuss two forms of integration and how to integrate physical education with other subjects.

Meyer, M. (Nov. 1997). The New PE. Better Homes and Gardens. p. 108-110.

This article gives a brief overview of the old way of teaching physical education versus the new way of teaching to the whole child so that skills are enhanced and success is achieved.

Manzo, K. (1997). As some skate forward, others dodge PE. Education Week (April 2, 1997).

This article discusses the problems with the ever popular game of dodgeball. It discusses why modern physical educators have moved beyond these types of activities to more developmentally appropriate games.


These and other books concerning integration can be seen and purchased in our PEC Integrated Products.

Gilbert, A. (1976). Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement Experiences: A Handbook for Teachers. MacMillan Publishing Co. (ISBN: 0023428007).

This book is geared for the classroom teacher and the physical educator who desire to integrate academic subjects with physical activity. Ideas are presented in simple, clear language for teaching in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art and music.

Kirchner, G., & Fishburne, G. (1998). Physical education for elementary school children (8th ed.). WCB/McGraw-Hill Publishers (ISBN 0697126374).

Chapter 14: Integrating Physical Education With Other Subjects (p. 287). This chapter addresses academic concepts that can be reinforced through a variety of physical activities.

Humphrey , J. (1990). Integration of Physical Education in the Elementary School Curriculum. Charles C. Thomas Publishers. (ISBN: 0398057079).

This book gives the history and background of the use of integration in the elementary school curriculum. Specific activities for integrating physical education with reading, language arts, math, science and social studies are provided.

Silverman, S. (1996). Student learning in physical education: Applying research to enhance instruction. Human Kinetics Publishers.

Chapter 14: "Integration as a Curriculum Model in PE: Possibilities and Problems" by Judy Placek, of this fine book discusses the latest information about integration of classroom subjects and physical activity. This research based chapter of this book contains NO integrated activity ideas. Information about the pros and cons of integration are presented along with other information.

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