Health & Exercise Science
0835.27001 (TR 9:30-10:45)
Esby 2
Spring 2001

Professor: Dr. Stephen L. Cone
Office: Esby 18
Office Hours: Tues 8:00-9:00, Thurs 8:00-9:00, Fri 11:15-12:00, Other by appointment
Email (Office):
Phone (Office): (856) 256-4500 x3704
Email (Home):
Phone (Home): (609) 747-9047
Web site:

Catalog Description

This course is designed to be an introductory course that includes the study of locomotor and non-locomotor patterns, manipulative, rhythmical movement patterns, and skill development as they relate to motor learning. These fundamental principles will be analyzed in terms of teaching elementary school children. Throughout this course the concept of providing challenging yet success assured learning experiences for skill development and the enhancement of self esteem will be consistently reinforced.

Course Objectives

Developmental (fundamental) movement skills enable the child to handle him/herself in a variety of movement situations. They form the major curriculum component of physical education in the primary grades (K-3). This course is designed to provide the physical education/teacher certification major with the opportunity to become familiar with the components of developmental movement, to refine his/her own personal skills, and to increase his/her knowledge base in teaching developmental movement skills and activities. Through exposure to a variety of learning experiences, the prospective teacher will begin to develop a repertoire of movement activities necessary for the teaching of physical education from the developmental approach.

By the completion of this course the student will be able to:

Required Texts

Kirchner, G. and Fishburne, G. J. (1998). Physical Education for Elementary School Children, 10th edition. Boston: WCB/McGraw-Hill.

Kirchner, G. and Fishburne, G. J. (1998). Yearly Programs, Units and Daily Lesson Plans, 10th edition. Boston: WCB/McGraw-Hill.

Course Requirements

Email / Web: You are required to send me an email before class on January 18, 2001. I will be corresponding with you using email and the web. The course syllabus is available on my web page (25 points)

Participation: Attending class and participating in discussions/activities is expected. This includes all work done in class. You are allowed one absence, five (5) points will be deducted per absence thereafter.  Two (2) points will be deducted for each class that you are late arriving, tardy.  Two points will be deducted if you are not prepared to participate, appropriate dress(70 points)

Exams: There will be a total of five exams during the semester, each is worth 25 points. (125 points)

Skill test/proficiency: Students will demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in performing the fundamental motor skills. Satisfactory proficiency is defined as that needed to be an appropriate, effective role model for children. This will be completed by taking an inventory of personal fundamental motor skills and feedback from your peers and me. (35 points)

Movement Activity: Students will contribute a written example (for online distribution to each member of the class) of a developmentally appropriate movement activity. This requirement will be submitted electronically and posted on the course web site. (30 points)

Lesson Plans/Micro Teaching (part of Movement Activity assignment):  Students will demonstrate how teaching content involving individual and dual sports can help facilitate the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for Health and Physical Education by completion of a lesson plan associated with one of the mini-teaching sessions. This requirement will be submitted electronically and posted on the course web site as a part of the Movement Activity assignment listed immediately above. (25 points)

Readings and Reviews: Students will complete 2 selected readings. A copy of the reading must accompany the summary and analysis of the article.  Reviews without the attached article WILL NOT be accepted. (40 points)

Notebook/Portfolio: The notebook/portfolio is a collection of various materials that demonstrate your interest, knowledge and command of the course content. You will collect material throughout the course. For each section/item write a summary and analysis describing the items usefulness in teaching elementary physical education. Place contents in large notebook. Content should include the following materials: (a) Articles from journals, (b) Research from publications, (c) Excerpts from books and texts, (d) Internet information, (e) Class work (papers, tests, activity sheets, class notes), (f) additional items (included in this section would be an analysis of fundamental movements as demonstrated in athletic events). (50 points)

Grading Scale

A 372 - 400 A - 360 - 371 B + 352 - 359 B 332 - 351
B - 320 - 331 C + 312 - 319 C 292 - 311 C - 280 - 291
D + 272 - 279 D 252 - 271 D - 240 - 251 F <240

Course Policies and Expectations

Honesty: You are EXPECTED in this (and every other class you take) to complete your work honestly and fairly. Copying other people's papers, citing references that you did not use, plagiarizing an author's words and cheating on exams are some examples of dishonest practices that will at minimum cause you to fail the class. DO NOT CHEAT. If you are unsure about whether or not something is "legitimate" in a paper or project, discuss it with me. Plagiarism occurs whenever you copy more than three words of someone else's text without directly quoting it or use someone else's ideas without giving them credit. YOUR PAPER MUST BE WRITTEN IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Where noted in the syllabus, YOU MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THE ARTICLE OR BOOK YOU CITE.

Late Work: Late papers will be accepted with a 10%-per-day penalty. Missed tests may be taken within one week with a 10% penalty. Athletes who will miss a test due to a sports event will not be penalized for the make-up test as long as they provide the official excused absence form BEFORE the exam date. Athletes should arrange a make-up time PRIOR to their absence. Illness, car problems and job demands are legitimate concerns, however I have no way of verifying them to waive the penalty. For a long-term problem, however, I can be flexible so please talk to me about it.

Tardiness: It is disruptive to the class and the instructor when students arrive late. Please be on time! If there is a legitimate reason for you to be late on a regular basis, discuss it with me. Repeated tardiness will lower your participation grade.  You will be considered tardy if you arrive after I have finished taking roll.

Personal Responsibility: YOU are responsible for keeping up with your work and your grade in the class. If you are having concerns about anything in the class, talk to me about it early. Little can be done about a grade at the end of the semester!

Class Cancellation: In case of bad weather or instructor illness, class may be cancelled. If I am sick, I will leave a message with the HES secretary (256-4785), send an email to you and a sign will be posted on the classroom door. Never assume that class is cancelled. Call me at home (609-747-9047) or in the office (856-256-4500 x3704 - don't leave a message) to be sure.  You can also check the University site (

Topical Outline

A. Fundamental movement overview

B. Locomotor movements

  • Even- walk, run, leap, jump, hop
  • Uneven- skip, slide, gallop
C. Know locomotor movements
  • Basic- bend, stretch, twist, turn, swing, sway
  • Combined- rise, lower, push, pull, dodge
D. Mechanical principles of movement

E. Movement education

  • What can I move?
  • How do I move?
  • Where can I move?
  • How can I move better?
  • Movement sequences?
F. Manipulatives
  • Fine motor skills - balancing, pushing, pulling, tossing and receiving objects
  • Basic ball skills - throwing, catching, striking
G. Concepts of motor learning
  • Motivation
  • Whole-part learning
  • Transfer
  • Practice
  • Knowledge of results
  • Reinforcement
  • Retention
H. Variations of fundamental movements

I. Stunts and pre-tumbling activities - individual, partner, group, equipment

J. Practices of the master teacher

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