In theatres and playgrounds across the western world Hip-Hop has proved itself to be a positive source of fascination and inspiration for many young people, regardless of ethnicity and social background. This book affords teachers the opportunity to relate to their students without resorting to displays of youthful affectation.
Offering children sufficient physical activity time is a challenge for every educator. But with "Hip-Hop Health: Learning Concepts Through Physical Activity," you can provide your students with physical activity and health concepts in ways that are fun and engaging
The "Hip-Hop Health" DVD can be easily incorporated into a health unit. It offers six five-minute health raps that will get your students moving in the classroom or the gym. The format of the DVD allows you to use each segment of physical activity as a short activity break or all the segments together as a full 30-minute workout without the worry of instruction time or equipment. The incorporated health raps offer a fun, engaging way to teach children about muscles, bones, nutrition, flexibility, and stretching.
Co-created by educators Chris Wells and Kurtis Johnson, the DVD also offers instructions for teachers, tips on using the DVD, the lyrics to the raps, and suggestions for various uses of the DVD to help educators make the most of "Hip-Hop Health." These great resources are available in PDF format and can be printed and shared with other educators.
Recent research indicates that physical activity not only benefits children's health but also improves their ability to concentrate and enhances learning. "Hip-Hop Health" will help you get your students moving, having a great time, and learning lifelong health concepts with upbeat and contemporary rhythms and music.
Christopher Wells is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and holds a degree in health and physical education. Christopher was a standout high school basketball player; as a senior, he was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team in 2000 and earned a full scholarship to play for a Division I basketball programme. Christopher has always loved working with children. In 2004 he was offered a position at Liberty Lake Day Camp as the athletic director. He created the first elective rap course and inspired the minds of young children through the exploration of writing music. Kurtis Johnson is a graduate of Rowan University. He worked in the education field for 12 years before becoming an event director at a day camp and weekend corporate picnic facility. He coached a high school boys' varsity basketball team for 5 years. Kurtis has extensive experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds: special needs, Asperger's, behavioral issues, the gifted and talented, as well as mainstream. He worked many of his summers at sleepaway camps and day camps heading up various divisions of camp life. Many of these experiences have prompted him to venture out on the entrepreneurial trail - opening up Successful Solutions, a tutoring company for children, as well as Metrovibe, a children's entertainment company. Through his hard work and dedication, he only wishes to inspire children to dream big and work hard to achieve those attainable dreams.