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From enhancing your current curriculum to learning about innovative approaches to new topics, explore a wide range of examples of lesson plans right here. PE teachers from across the country share their ideas on how to enrich PE lesson plans, while also ensuring they align with state and national standards.

How to Create a Yearly PE Lesson Plan

Having a plan for the school year is essential. It all starts with identifying the essential learning targets you want students to know and be able to do. The SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards and your state standards are your guides. Once you know what students should know and be able to do, you can begin to design how you will assess this and plan when this will happen.

Jump Rope Technique for Kids

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. During the month of February, I focus my instruction on helping students understand the importance of a healthy...

Getting Beyond the Gym Walls

How can you maximize your time with students? How can you reach more stakeholders? How can you show staff, students, administration, and the community that what you are teaching is rich in meaning and more than...
Students playing Quidditch territorial game

Transform Territorial Games with Backward Design and Quidditch

Reflecting back on years of Health and Physical Education programs, we often see traditional North American sports such as soccer, basketball and floor hockey as typical “go to” territorial games in elementary to...

5 Resources to Take Net Games to the Next Level

Net games are a wonderful lifetime activity and an important part of physical education programs. The skills learned in net games such as volleyball, pickleball, badminton, and tennis transfer to other physical activities and provide...

Create a Parkour Lesson in 3 Easy Steps!

Are you itching to get your students outside? Need a new outdoor activity that doesn't use equipment?  Sometimes a new and innovative lesson is waiting for you right in your own back yard, well, your school’s backyard!...
4-S Approach to Planning Team-Based Activities or Sport

Backwards Design with the Standards in Mind: 4-S Approach to Planning Sport and Team-Based...

Curriculum mapping. Standards-based grading. Mastery-based education. Competencies. Proficiency scales. Rubrics. Assessments. Am I hitting many of the terms you are hearing emphasized in today’s education circles? Well, good. These are important terms worth recognizing,...

ToppleTubes: A Versatile Action Game for All Ages!

Looking for an activity that you can use in a variety of ways with a variety of ages? I recommend going with ToppleTubes! I have used these with our elementary students as well as our...

5 DIY Field Day Games!

Are your students bored with the same field day activities year after year? Bring excitement back to field day with 5 DIY projects for the best field day ever!
SHAPE American National Physical Education Standards Book

Align Lessons with National Physical Education Standards

There’s a trend in recent years within the physical education community that flips traditional P.E. teaching on its head…it’s called “Standards Based Instruction.”  You may also hear it referred to as “Standards Based Learning”...

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