Physical Education

Kindergarten Physical Education

SKILLS: Running, jumping, rolling, skipping, hopping; responding to verbal directions; cooperative group/team play skills.

CONCEPTS: The health benefits of physical activity, the role of practice in learning new skills; the role of the individual in maintaining safety in group games; fairness in play.

First Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Movement skills going under, around, to the side of objects; throwing, kicking and catching balls with a partner; participating in sustained large- group games to increase heart and lung functioning; using equipment properly.

CONCEPTS: Using feedback to improve performance; the purpose of rules in games; the role of activities in developing strength and endurance; exploring effective teamwork skills such as cooperation; being an effective partner during practice and games; and responding responsibly to challenges, successes, and failures.

Second Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Moving with increasing agility, balance and control; kicking and hitting a ball with hand; playing by the rules; increased endurance through running, sprinting, and tag games, taking responsibility for role in group games.

CONCEPTS: Explore strategy in game playing, the role of competition and cooperation in team play, and healthy conflict resolution; understand role of strength exercises in fitness.

Third Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Using movements and sport-specific skills for basketball, soccer and baseball; participating in cooperative activities; contributing to positive and safe group experiences in games.

CONCEPTS: Practice and conditioning for improved performance; explore opportunities for physical activities in and out of school.

Fourth Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Using sequence of movements, balancing on objects, warm-up and cool down exercises, sport-specific skills, sport-specific strategies; participation in cooperative activities and instilling a positive group mentality; developing fitness goals and plans to achieve them.

CONCEPTS: Role of stretching, warm-up and cool down for physical health; internal and external motivation for success and fitness. Learning to respond to winning and losing with dignity and respect. Respecting individual differences in skill and motivation, including strategizing to challenge an opponent utilizing outstanding skill, strategy, or teamwork.

Fifth Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Using appropriate sequence of movements for specific purposes; balancing and techniques to practice balancing; using sport-specific skills in games; participating in cooperative activities and contributing to positive group mentality; proper warm-up, cool down and stretching routines, calculating maximum and target heart rate.

CONCEPTS: Offense, defense, team mentality, understanding the benefits of physical activity, internal motivation for personal fitness.

Sixth Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Using strength building activities to increase muscle and endurance; warm-up, cool down and stretching routines; make positive contributions to group in cooperative activities; sport -specific skills; offensive and defensive strategies during team games.

CONCEPTS: Examining strategies for success or failure; understanding the role of cardiovascular fitness in overall health; understanding target, maximum and resting heart rate; the comparative health benefits of foods.

Seventh Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Intermediate sport-specific skills for individual, dual and team sports; using offensive and defensive strategies in sports; choosing appropriate strength building activities.

CONCEPTS: Physiological benefits of regular physical activity, basic training principles that improve fitness, proper attitudes towards winning and losing, cardio and respiratory endurance, the role of exercise and nutrition in body composition.

Eighth Grade Physical Education

SKILLS: Advanced sport-specific skills for individual, dual and team sports; uses both offensive and defensive strategies regularly in sports; apply locomotor, nonlocomotor, and manipulative skills to team physical activities.

CONCEPTS: Planning a personal physical fitness plan in collaboration with the teacher; long-term psychological benefits of regular participation in physical activity including self-image and stress reduction, relationship between exercise intensity and body’s response to activity. Defining and accepting roles for group members in a game or activity. Modeling support and inclusivity for all individuals.