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(Middle School)

Created by: Brandon Herwick, Rich Wiles, Dr. Theresa Cone, Pam Powers, Shannon Maly, Ben Pirillo, Scott Williams, Deedi Brown, Bob Oats, Chris Walker, Alex O’Brien, Matt Bristol, Matt Johnson Special Contributions: Aaron Hart, Brian Devore & Tammy Hanna Design: Jennifer Truong This module builds upon the learning and enjoyment that students experienced in the OPEN dance modules for [...]

Fitness Running
(High School)

Created by: Aaron Hart, Victor Spadaro, Kate Darpino, Rich Wiles In Partnership With: New York Road Runners Special Contributions: Deedi Brown Design: Jennifer Truong According to, fitness running is one of the most popular physical activities in the United States with almost 56 million people participating in 2017. That number is an increase of [...]

Ninja Warrior
(Intermediate 3-5)

Created by: Benjamin Pirillo, Daniel Tennessen, Elyse Loughlin, Jason Leach, Rich Wiles, Aaron Hart Special Contributions: Deedi Brown Design: Jennifer Truong Since 2009, the Ninja Warrior obstacle course movement has been broadcast into American living rooms. However, this movement began in Japan in 1997 with Ninja Warrior Sasuke Rising. On average, over 5 [...]

Next Generation Science Connections (K-2)

Created by: Rich Wiles & Aaron Hart Just as classroom teachers have a responsibility to promote physical activity and advocate for physical education programs, physical educators must also infuse STEM subject areas into our outcomes-based instructional schedule. OPEN’s Next Gen Connections Modules are designed to incorporate STEM concepts using the Next Generation Science Standards to guide our planning and instruction. [...]

Basketball Skills
(MS 6-8)

Created by: Aaron Hart, Ami Gibson, Brian Devore, Charla Krahnke, Colin Arvanitakis, Daniel Hill, Rachel Weir, Rich Wiles Special Contributions by: Deedi Brown & Joey Feith Module Design & Layout: Jennifer Truong OPEN Basketball Nation Logo: Asia Kehl It would be very interesting to know what Dr. James Naismith would think about the evolution of [...]

Instant Activities
(Elementary K-5)

Created by Aaron Hart, Jim DeLine, Josh Enders, Brandon Herwick, Lynn, Hefele, Jenna Knapp, Nick Kline, Andy Pickett, Andrea Hart, RD, Dan Tennessen Physical educators know and understand the need to get students active and engaged as soon as they enter the PE classroom. This collection of instant activities serves to help teachers get [...]

Limited Equipment

Created by: Christina Courtney, Jim DeLine, Gabe Erving, Crystal Gorwitz, Aaron Hart, Andrea Hart, Erik Heard, Lynn Hefele, Brandon Herwick, Lori Jerred, Nick Kline, Charla Tedder Krahnke, Michael Martinez, Roy Mitchell, Victoria Otto, Benjamin Pirillo, Victor Spadaro, Daniel Tennessen, Rich Wiles Design:  Aaron Hart & Jennifer Truong Special Contributions:  Deedi Brown This module was started [...]

Skillastics Basketball®
(Intermediate 3-5)

Created by: Sandy Slade & Aaron Hart Special Contributions: Deedi Brown Design: Jennifer Truong Skillastics® Basketball is a large group physical activity resource designed to maximize activity and participation for both small and large groups. This module expands your activity options using all of the tools that come with your Skillastics®Basketball game set while also [...]

Locomotor and Manipulative Skills
(Primary K-2)

This module includes activities that are designed to develop and reinforce several locomotor and manipulative skills. All of the basic locomotor skills, static and dynamic balancing, as well as underhand tossing, rolling, and catching are addressed. Other learning outcomes are also addressed within the module’s activities. Module Documents Complete module packet: [PDF Only] Module Overview: [PDF, [...]

Ultimate Disc
(Middle School)

Created by: Charla Tedder Krahnke, Victor Spadaro, Rich Wiles, Kate Darpino & Aaron Hart Special Contributions: Deedi Brown & Kyle Gerken Design: Jennifer Truong The activities Hot Box and Goaltimate have been adapted from content created by USA Ultimate. Ultimate is a noncontact invasion sport played with a flying disc. The sport was created in [...]