Kids jumping on horizonResources

School districts make decisions about the identification of additional resources that will support teachers and students in their learning and understanding of physical education. The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following resources to assist local schools in their efforts and does not endorse any particular program or website.

Educator Resources

  • Advocacy. Tools and resources that support the importance of physical education including the connection between physical activity and academic achievement and the importance of physical education in developing healthy behaviors and healthier lifestyles.
  • Curriculum Development & Design. Resources to support the design and development of physical education.
  • Instruction & Assessment. Resources for instruction and assessment of physical education.
  • Observances. Listing of physical education-related awareness and observance days, weeks and/or months that can be used to bring attention to a health education topic, issue or concern. 
  • Data. State and national data sources related to physical education.
  • Research & Reports. Documented resources that support physical education and healthy lifestyle practices.
  • Professional Organizations. A list of professional organizations for physical education educators.
  • State Organizations. State organizations related to comprehensive physical education.
  • National Organizations. National organizations related to physical education.
  • Higher Education. List of physical education teacher preparation programs in Maine.

Student Resources

  • 5210 Let’s Go! Let’s Go! in Maine focuses on helping kids and families eat healthy and be active. Resources are available for parents, teachers, doctors, child care providers and community organizations to share the same four healthy habits every day: five or more fruits and vegetables; two hours or less of recreational screen time; one hour or more of physical activity; and zero sugary drinks.
  • BAM! - Body and Mind. BAM! is aimed toward youth ages nine to 13 and was created to answer kids' questions on health issues. Children can discover ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger and safer. The website includes interactive, educational activities.
  • National Football League (NFL) Play 60. The NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. There are many ways students can join the Play 60 movement.
  • PE Central. Provides resources for all things health and physical education.

Parent/Community Resources

  • Websites & Support Materials for Adults. Physical education information for parents, community members, service providers, etc.
  • Advocacy. Tools and resources that support the importance of physical education including the connection between physical activity and academic achievement and the importance of physical education in developing healthy behaviors and healthier lifestyles.
  • Data. State and national data sources related to physical education and academics.
  • Research & Reports. Documented resources that support physical education and healthy lifestyle practices.
  • State Organizations. State organizations related to comprehensive physical education.
  • National Organizations. National organizations related to physical education.
  • Higher Education. List of physical education teacher preparation programs in Maine.