Essential Elements of Wellness for Elementary Children Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHED-1331-001 Essential Elements of Wellness for Elementary Children


Course Description

Essential elements of wellness education for children aged five to ten, including a review of critical health knowledge, developmentally appropriate activities, fundamental motor skills, basic principles of motor learning and assessment and various aspects of health instruction also included.

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Department Expectations

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
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You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


CHOOSE ONE OPTION- This class is designed in a way in which the student can choose an age range of children that fits the degree plan that the student is seeking and/or the age range of children the student desires to learn about and eventually work with in a career(see the options below).  If the student is undecided at this point as to which degree option they want to choose, that is not a problem.  Simply choose the age range they are interested in most at this point.  When you have made a choice, purchase the textbook that goes with that option from the AC Bookstore or from an online vendor.

Pre-school/Early Childhood(PS) Option(ONE BOOK):

Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child, 9th Edition, 2015, Marotz, Lynn R., Cengage Learning, bundled with Blackboard Edition Mindlink to accompany the text.  Blackboard Edition Mindlink is necessary in order to view all publisher information including 20 video clips.  The textbook is bundled with Mindlink at the West Campus Bookstore for a very competetive price.  You may purchase this textbook from the AC Washington Campus Bookstore or  from  You will need to have access to a textbook and purchase an access code if your book does not come bundled with one.  You may purchase an access code (Blackboard Mindlink) from 


Elementary/Middle/High School Option:

Physical Best- Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness and Health, 4rd Edition, Shape America

This textbook has a key code to access a Supplemental Web Resource.  To ensure that you can use this key code, purchase a new book.  In a used book, the key code may have already been used.  Access to the Supplemental Web Resource is required for this class. 


Students will need access to a computer with Broad Band internet service, computer printer, and printer paper.

Student Performance

Pre-school/Earl Option(PS):

1. Analyze principles of nutrition, evaluate nutrition assessment, and examine regulatory requirements for nutrition.

2. Describe community health problems, universal health precautions, legal implications regarding health, and analyze environmental and personal hygiene.

3. Describe principles of safety as they relate to children, evaluate regulations regarding child safety, safety procedures and children's environments for safety.

4. Demonstrate skills in computation, record keeping, referrals and resources as they apply to nutrition, health, and safety.

Elementary/Middle/High School Option(EMH):

1.  Demonstrate competence in Teaching Health-Related Fitness to school age children.  Includes, but not limited to the concepts of Inclusion, Training Principles, Key Guidelines, FITT Guidelines, Motivating Students, and Setting Goals.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to teach a variety of activities that target Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength/Endurance, Flexibilty, Body Composition and Combined Component Training.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to Administer the FitnessGram Assessment Module.  Includes assessment of  Physical Fitness, interpreting results, and understanding data.  Assessment includes the following components:  Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition, Muscular Strength/Endrurance, Flexibility, Daily Physical Activity.

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to follow all Amarilo College policies and procedures.

Grading Criteria

A maximum of 900 points will be possible:                                                           Grading Scale:

Tests/Exams                                            500 points                                           A = 810 - 900 points

Weekly Assignments                               100 points                                           B = 720 - 809 points

Observation Journal or Practicum           200 points                                           C = 630 - 719 points

 1 WEB Activity                                        100 points                                           D = 540 - 629 points

                                                                 900 points total                                   F = Below 540 points


Five Unit Exams - 500 points

Each exam may consist of multiple choice, and/or short answer.  Exams will cover specific chapters.  Each exam is worth 100 points for a total of a possible 500 points.

Weekly Quiz's and Assignments - 100 points

Assignments will consist of weekly case studies or chapter questions.  These will be assigned each week over the course of the semester.  Be sure to read the directions stated under each weekly assignment.  When completing the assignment, please keep in mind what the assignment is asking you to do.

1 WEB Activity - 100 points

The WEB Activity will generally come from specific web sites, and is in addition to weekly assignments.  When asked to summarize, write the summary using your own words, not the exact words stated in the article or web site.  If you want to quote part of an article, be sure to enclose it with quotation marks.  Remember not to plagiarize.  I am interested in your understanding and interpretation, not simply what the web site states.

Observation Journal  OR  Practicum* - 200 points                                                                                                      Each student will complete ONE of the following depending upon which option chosen: 

      1)Complete a journal documenting a 3 hour observation experience                                                                                        (PS-Preschool/Early Childhood option)      


      2)Complete an activity Lesson Plan/Physical Assessment Practicum (Elementary Through High School Age Option).   

        *See the details for these assignments in the course content page.


Students are expected to log onto the class site and complete all work according to the directions there.


*If the instructor deems it necessary, changes may be made to the calendar/syllabus.

Week 1         Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)

Week 2         Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)

Week 3          Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)

Week 4         Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)

Week 5         Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)

Week 6         Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)


Week 7         Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)

Week 8         Chapter Quiz and Assignments(See Weekly assignments in "Content" link)

                                            See the course content for test schedule

Additional Information

To satisfactorily complete this course, the student will:

1. Read assigned chapters in the textbook and view any media assigned with each chapter or section of the text.

2. Participate by completing and posting weekly assignments by the deadline dates.

3. Satisfactorily complete five exams on scheduled dates.

4. Complete and submit Observation Journal and original log sheet with signatures by 5:00 pm on Friday of week 12(EC-preschool option only).  Complete  a 1.5 hour  on campus practicum(elementary and middle school age options only).

5. COMPLETION AND VERIFICATION OF A 3 HOUR OBSERVATION or a 1.5 hour practicum(depending upon the course option you choose) IS MANDATORY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.

If choosing the Early Childhood-Preschool (PS)option:


- a criminal background check will be conducted on each student in order to have access to the public schools and child care facilities.  All students must have a clear criminal history on file with Amarillo College in order to successfully complete any TECA course at AC. 

- If you do not have a current, clear criminal history on file with AC:                                                                                                              1.  Mail to AC Child Development  Lab School, Box 447, Amarillo, TX 79178) or bring the following items to the AC                     Child Development Lab School on the West Campus IF YOU PLAN TO DO YOUR OBSERVATION HOURS AT THE AC LAB SCHOOL OR AT THE AC HAGY CENTER or   2. Contact the facility that you plan to observe at to get details about how to submit the background check.

Required:  1) your current driver's license (copy, if mailing); 2) $2 money order payable to TDFPS; 3)completed criminal history form; and            4) notarized affidavit.  The clear criminal history has to be on file before you may begin observing.  Once you have been cleared, It generally only takes a few days to get the information back from the State.  Please make this a priority and mail or bring your items by 5:00 pm on Friday, of week 2 of the course.

              Note: If you have resided outside the State of Texas within the last five years, you will need to complete a fingerprint test.  You will need                           to first contact Education Office at 371-5188.

If choosing the Elementary/Middle/High School (EMH)Age options:

 An activity lesson plan and one 1.5 hour Lesson Plan/Physcal Assessment practicum will be required.  The practicum will be done during the week 16.  The practicum will assess your knowledge and ability to assess physical fitness.   Details for the practicum are listed in the course content under Week 16 "Practicum."


  • Feel free to ask questions.  I am here to help you.
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  • Respect and honesty will guide this course.
  • If for some reason you are unable to complete this course, be sure to notify the Instructor  before the drop deadline.
  • Time management is an important skill.  Complete assignments early each week and late work will not be an issue.
  • Please know that I am a reasonable person.  I realize that life's circumstances are sometimes beyond our control.  I will listen to any concerns or issues you may have.  Good communication between instructor and student is vital for your success.
  • Any student, who because of a disabling condition may require some special arrangement in order to meet course requirements, should contact disAbility services at 371-5436 as soon as possible.


Syllabus Created on:

03/19/22 4:17 PM

Last Edited on:

03/19/22 4:17 PM