Graduation Date

Summer 2021

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Jill Anderson

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Jayne McGuire

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Libbi Miller

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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This paper seeks to address an absence of resources for teachers that highlight cross-curricular integration of physical education and core academics to benefit the learning, motivation, health, and academic outcomes of students. Curricular integration, or the highlighting of overlapping themes between subjects, has become a popular way to maximize educational time in schools. The benefits of curricular integration are well documented, however, less known are the benefits of curricular integration in the fields of physical education and special education. By analyzing existing literature, reviewing existing curricula and educational resources, and surveying educational professionals, a guide was created to support teachers in creating integrated physical education and core academic lessons. This project focuses on kindergarten through second grade and aims to support student development physically and academically through engaging lessons.

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