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Physical Education Mission Statement
Physical Education encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, physical fitness, motor skills, social skills and positive attitudes that foster and empower students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.
Our effort on the elementary level is to form a foundation for the development of a physically educated person. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education defines a physically educated individual as one wh
  • Has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities
  • Is physically fit
  • Participates regularly in physical activity
  • Knows the implications and benefits of involvement in physical activities
  • Values physical activity and its contribution to a healthful lifestyle
In elementary physical education, students take part in developmentally appropriate and sequentially based activities and experiences as an essential part of the total educational process, and which contributes to the growth and development of the individual child. In kindergarten to second grade, the emphasis is on learning basic movement and motor skills, developing the basics and understanding healthy fitness levels, and providing opportunities to develop effective personal and social skills. The third through fifth grade program further develops a broad spectrum of physical skills, and the knowledge necessary to use these skills and maintain fitness for a lifetime of active participation.
Kindergarten
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities
Benchmarks:
  • Develops fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor skills at an introductory level (locomotor examples: leaping, galloping, skipping, hopping, sliding, running, jogging, walking; non-locomotor examples: bending, twisting, stretching, turning, lifting)
  • Explores manipulative skills at an introductory level (examples: kicking a stationary ball, catching a ball before it bounces twice using hands and body, striking a ball off a tee, dribbling a ball in a stationary position)
  • Explores rhythmic movements, timing, and following a beat at an introductory level
  • Demonstrates safe practices when performing physical activities
  • Adjusts movements in relation to space and other people while performing physical activities
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts and strategies
Benchmarks:
  • Follows rules of simple games
  • dentifies and explores fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor skills
  • Identifies body parts and movement of body parts during performance of motor skills
  • Uses basic movement concepts related to space, time, effort, and relationships (e.g. personal space, fast/slow, strong/light, under/over)
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity
Benchmarks:
  • Actively participates in class
  • Recognizes the importance of participating in physical activity
  • Engages in moderate to vigorous activity
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
Benchmarks:
  • Sustains moderate to vigorous physical activity for short periods of time
  • Identifies changes in the body during physical activity
Standard 5: Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical-activity settings
Benchmarks:
  • Knows and follows rules, procedures and safety practices while recognizing inappropriate behavior
  • Shows respect to others in class
  • Works cooperatively with teacher and peers
  • Demonstrate proper use and care of equipment
Standard 6: Understands that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
Benchmarks:
  • Shows a willingness to try new movement and skill activities
  • Acquires new skills and demonstrate a determination to develop those skills
  • Actively engages in physical activity
  • Develops skills while participating in different activities individually and while working with others
Grade 1
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities
Benchmarks:
  • Develops fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor skills at an introductory level (locomotor examples: leaping, galloping, skipping, hopping, sliding, running, jogging, walking; non-locomotor examples: stepping in opposition when throwing, kicking, rolling ball, hitting moving ball with paddle, jumping rope/showing rhythm)
  • Explores manipulative skills at an introductory level (examples: kicking a stationary ball, catching a ball before it bounces twice using hands and body, striking a ball off a tee, dribbling a ball in a stationary position)
  • Demonstrates safe practices when performing physical activities
  • Adjusts movements in relation to space and other people while performing physical activities
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts and strategies
Benchmarks:
  • Follows rules of simple games
  • Identifies and explores fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor skills
  • Performs manipulative skills at the introductory level through a variety of activities
  • Uses basic movement concepts related to space, time, effort, and relationships (e.g. personal space, fast/slow, strong/light, under/over)
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity
Benchmarks:
  • Actively participates in class
  • Recognizes the importance of participating in physical activity
  • Engages in health-related physical fitness activities or games during physical education class
  • Selects and participates in activities that require some physical exertion other than during physical education class
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
Benchmarks:
  • Identifies the physiological signs of moderate physical activity (Fast heartbeat, heavy breathing, sweating, red cheeks)
  • Vigorously participate in physical activity for a sustained amount of time
Standard 5: Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical-activity settings
Benchmarks:
  • Knows and follows rules, procedures and safety practices while recognizing inappropriate behavior
  • Shows respect to others in class
  • Works cooperatively with teacher and peers.
  • Demonstrates cooperative play with children of varying abilities
  • Demonstrates proper use and care of equipment
Standard 6: Understands that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
Benchmarks:
  • Shows a willingness to try new movement and skill activities
  • Acquires new skills and demonstrate a determination to develop those skills
  • Actively engages in physical activity
  • Develops skills while participating in different activities individually and while working with others
Grade 2
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities
Benchmarks:
  • Demonstrates progress toward a mature form of selected manipulative, locomotor, and non-locomotor skills
  • Explores manipulative skills at an introductory level
  • Practices combined movement skills and strategies in physical activities
  • Demonstrates safe practices when performing physical activities
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts and strategies
Benchmarks:
  • Understands the benefits of trying new or challenging tasks
  • Identifies body parts and movement of body parts during performance of motor skills
  • Uses combinations of mature movement forms, including locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity
Benchmarks:
  • Actively participates in class
  • Recognizes the importance of participating in physical activity
  • Engages in health-related physical fitness activities or games during physical education class
  • Selects and participates in activities that require some physical exertion other than during physical education class
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
Benchmarks:
  • Recognize the change in heart rate and respiration as a result of physical activity
  • Vigorously participate in physical activity for a sustained amount of time
Standard 5: Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical-activity settings
Benchmarks:
  • Applies rules, procedures, and safe practices with little or no reinforcement
  • Shows respect to others in class
  • Works cooperatively with teacher and peers.
  • Demonstrates cooperative play with a partner or in small and large group activities.
  • Demonstrates proper use and care of equipment
Standard 6: Understands that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
Benchmarks:
  • Shows willingness to try new movement and skill activities
  • Expresses willingness to try new activities, and continues to participate when not successful on first attempt
  • Actively engages in physical activity
  • Develops skills while participating in different activities individually and while working with others
Grade 3
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities
Benchmarks:
  • Demonstrates mature fundamental locomotor and manipulative skills.
  • Utilizes manipulative equipment combined with movement skills as an introduction to modified versions of team and individual sports
  • Practices combined movement skills and strategies in physical activities
  • Demonstrates safe practices when performing physical activities
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts and strategies
Benchmarks:
  • Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and rules for sports and other physical activities
  • Demonstrates ability to select appropriate practice procedures to enhance/improve level of skill
  • Uses feedback to correct movement errors and improve performance
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity
Benchmarks
  • Actively participates in class
  • Knows and can describe the importance of a physically active lifestyle
  • Identifies healthy behaviors that represent a physically active lifestyle
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
Benchmarks:
  • Identifies strengths and areas needing improvement in personal fitness
  • Participates in activities that enhance health related fitness on a regular basis
  • Identifies the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle
Standard 5: Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical-activity settings
Benchmarks:
  • Works cooperatively with others to obtain common goals in group and game situations
  • Demonstrates respect and compassion for the individual differences of others while participating in physical activities
Standard 6: Understands that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
Benchmarks:
  • Participate in cooperative problem solving physical activity challenges
  • Actively engages in physical activity
  • Develop skills while participating in different activities individually and while working with others
Grade 4
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities
Benchmarks:
  • Demonstrates mature movement patterns in locomotor , non-locomotor and manipulative skills.
  • Employs fundamental movement skills in various physical and sport related activities.
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts and strategies
Benchmarks:
  • Identifies and applies fundamental movement patterns in activities
  • Applies the concept of practice to improve movement skills
  • Observes the performance of others to provide feedback to help improve motor skills
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity
Benchmarks:
  • Participates regularly in physical activity
  • Identifies personal behaviors that support and do not support a healthy lifestyle
  • Can assess personal fitness levels during physical activities
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
Benchmarks:
  • Describes exercises/activities that will improve each component of health-related physical fitness
  • Practices appropriate levels of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility necessary for a healthy lifestyle
  • Uses results of physical assessments to guide changes in physical activity
Standard 5: Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical-activity settings
Benchmarks:
  • Recognizes and follows rules and procedures and maintains ethical behavior during physical activities
  • Identifies areas of concern for safety of self and others in physical activities
  • Resolves conflict in socially acceptable ways
Standard 6: Understands that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
Benchmarks:
  • Participates in physical activities that are enjoyable
  • Explores and participates in new and challenging physical activities
  • Recognizes physical activity as a positive opportunity for social and group interaction
Grade 5
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities
Benchmarks:
  • Applies locomotor skills in a variety of movement settings while using the appropriate movement concept.
  • Demonstrates improvement of form, strength, and accuracy in performing manipulative skills.
  • Develops ability to manipulate objects with skills necessary to participate in games and lead up activities
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts and strategies
Benchmarks:
  • Describes and demonstrates critical elements of mature movement patterns
  • Explores and develops strategies for competitive and non-competitive games
  • Recognizes key elements that would enhance a peer’s performance of a specialized skill (i.e., grip in tennis, dribbling with fingertips in basketball, etc.)
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity
Benchmarks:
  • Participates in physical activities that will help prevent a sedentary lifestyle
  • Analyzes own physical fitness assessment results and develops strategies to enhance performance
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
Benchmarks:
  • Describes practices and uses personal goals to achieve an age appropriate fitness level in all health related components.
  • Demonstrates progress toward short and long term fitness goals
Standard 5: Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical-activity settings
Benchmarks:
  • Recognizes and follows rules and procedures and maintains ethical behavior during physical activities
  • Identifies areas of concern for safety of self and others in physical activities
  • Resolves conflict in socially acceptable ways
Standard 6: Understands that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
Benchmarks:
  • Interacts positively with classmates and friends in physical activities
  • Explores physical activities as a means of challenging one’s body and mind
  • Recognizes physical activity as a positive opportunity for social and group interaction
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