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PE2theMaxJ.D. Hughes
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120 pages

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If you agree that physical education should be fun, instructive, and a place where students acquire physical and life skills, then you’ll love PE2theMax: Maximize Skills, Participation, Teamwork, and Fun. J.D. Hughes, author of the popular No Standing Around in My Gym, has created 30 never-been-done-before games, tried and tested in the gymnasiums and on the fields and courts of Villa Rica, Georgia, where he teaches elementary school. These games are designed for large groups—anywhere from 30 to 75 students—but can be scaled back easily for smaller class sizes. Each game provides students of all athletic abilities the opportunity to have fun, be active, and acquire movement and sport skills.

Here’s what you will discover about the games in PE2theMax:

The games in PE2theMax are student centered, not teacher centered. As such, students are motivated to challenge themselves to succeed. The games are inclusive and developmentally appropriate. They define what a quality PE program and the New PE philosophy are all about: promoting participation and lifelong fitness as well as self-esteem and initiative. Most important, from the kids’ perspective, “these games rock.”

About the Author

J.D. Hughes, MA, has received numerous awards throughout his teaching career, including the Georgia Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2004 and an honorable mention in USA TODAY’s 2003 All-USA Teacher Team program (he was the only PE teacher to be so honored that year). Hughes was certified in 2001 by the National Board for Teaching Professional Standards, and he received a specialist’s degree in education in 1999. He is currently elementary physical education chair for the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. A member of the advisory board for PE Central’s Best Practices and Grades 3-5 Lesson Plans, he also presents at workshops and conferences. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Beth, and daughters, Janie and Josie, as well as cycling, weight training, and NASCAR racing.

Table of Contents

  • Ballistic
  • Bewildered
  • Boo-Yah
  • Bounce Brigade
  • Bowl-a-Hula
  • Bowling Blitz
  • BRYG It On
  • Building Blocks
  • C.H.A.O.S.
  • Crocodile Mile
  • Empire Mania
  • Finesse
  • Flag ’Em Down
  • The Great Escape
  • H2O No!
  • Head Honcho II
  • Hideout
  • Med Alert
  • Nuclear Reaction
  • Operation “Space Junkyard”
  • Pacemaker
  • Pindemonium
  • Scooter Blitz
  • Shockey
  • Super Bowl
  • Supremacy
  • Under Siege
  • Well Designed
  • Wheel ’n Deal
  • Yeah, Baby!


Reference for elementary and middle school PE teachers, community recreation leaders, and youth group leaders.

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