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Below is a list of resources that can help you to improve the physical literacy levels of your child(ren). Many of the resources relate to the four assessment areas of Passport for Life (i.e., Active Participation, Living Skills, Fitness Skills, and Movement Skills).

General Information 

Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canadian Paralympic FUNdamentals Resource

Special Olympics Canada FUNdamentals Program

National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

PHE Canada - Health Promoting Schools 

Fostering Physical Literacy through Quality Physical Education 

Physical and Health Education Canada

PHE Canada - Physical Literacy for Educators

PHE Canada - Physical Literacy Brochure

Canadian Sport for Life: Tips for Parents

Physical Literacy on YouTube

Book: Whitehead, M. 2010. Physical Literacy: Throughout the Lifecourse. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

At My Best™ 

PHE Canada's online store 

Book: Robinson, D., and L. Randall. 2013. Teaching Physical Education Today. Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing

Book: Pangrazi, R. P., and S.L. Gibbons. 2003. Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children: Canadian edition. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon. 

Active Participation 


Alberta Centre for Active Living

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

PBS Kids Go!: Zoom Games

Wilderdom: Physical Games and Activities for Groups

Book: Rink, J.E., T.J. Hall, and L.H. Williams. 2010. Schoolwide Physical Activity: A Comprehensive Guide to Designing and Conducting Programs. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Living Skills 

UNICEF and Life Skills

True Sport

Sport for Development

Josephson Institute Centre for Sports Ethics

High Five

Mental Health Association of Canada (local chapters)

PHE Canada - Youth Mental Health 

PHE Canada - Leadership Development Resources

Fitness Skills 

Thompson Educational Publishing: K-12 Functional Fitness Charts

Fitness Fun Forever

Monkey See: Fitness for Kids

SPARK Basic Body Positions

Balance Games for Special Needs Kids

Elite Soccer Conditioning: Balance Training Drills for Soccer Players

BrianMac Sports Coach: Core Stability Best Core Exercises

Implementation of a Core Stability Program for Elementary School Children

Book: Carpenter, J., and C. Sinclair. 2011. Physical Best Activity Guide: Middle and High School Levels. 3rd ed. Reston, VA: National Association for Sport and PE.

Note: There is also an elementary school version of the book above.

Book: Temertzoglou, T. 2007. Healthy Active Living: Keep Fit, Stay Healthy, Have Fun. Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing. (Also get the accompanying grade-specific Student Handbook).

Movement Skills 

1. Fundamental Movement Skills

PHE Canada Series - Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)  

Australia Department of Education Fundamental Motor Skills: A Manual for Classroom Teachers

Sport New Zealand Developing FMS (5–12): Syllabus 

Sport New Zealand Developing FMS (5-12): Introduction Manual

Sport New Zealand Developing FMS (5-12): Games and Sports

Sport New Zealand: Observing FMS

Movement Skills Manitoba - Basic Movement Skills Assessment (K–4)

Northern Ireland Curriculum Developing Fundamental Movement skills (Grades K-4)

Book: Teaching the Nuts and Bolts of Physical Education 2nd Edition (Ages 5-12)

Book: Fundamental Fun: 132 Activities to Develop Fundamental Movement Skills


2. Sport 


Kids Sport Canada


Canadian Sport for Life

Sport Research Intelligence sportive (SIRC)


3. Educational Gymnastics 

Article: Baumgarten, S., and K. Pagnano-Richardson. 2010. Educational Gymnastics Enhancing Children's Physical Literacy: Harnessing the Natural Actions of Children Offers a Great Way of Developing Body Management. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 81 (4): 18–25.  

Article: Coelho, J. 2010. Gymnastics and Movement Instruction: Fighting the Decline in Motor Fitness. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 81(1): 14–18. 


4. Dance

PHE Canada - Dance Resources for Teachers

Book: Carline, S. 2011. Lesson Plans for Creative Dance: Connecting with Literature, Arts and Music. Windsor, ON: Human Kinetics. 

Book: Schrader, C. A. 2005. A Sense of Dance: Exploring Your Movement Potential. 2nd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics