Lesson Plans

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.

Gamification: Engaging Strategies that Maximize Learning

https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/9y2fmb9y0f.jsonphttps://fast.wistia.com/assets/external/E-v1.js What is it? Gamification has been in education news for several years now. It’s often misunderstood, with people believing it’s about playing video games, which causes some teachers to shy away. However, gamification is not...
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”...
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,...
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...
Yoga in Physical Education

Yoga: Strike a Pose in P.E.

What is a “Downward Dog”, “Child’s Pose”, or “Mountain Pose”? The answer by many would be yoga poses, which is correct. But, what is yoga? Some would simply define the term "yoga” as stretching. Others...
Five Passess Passing Game

Five Passes: One Game, Endless Possibilities [Video]

Although the origin is unknown, the passing game “Five Passes” has been in the Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children textbook and lesson plans since 1972. In other words, it’s an “oldie but...
Block 'Em Game

5 Unique Game Ideas with Block ‘Em [Video]

In ACTION! Block ‘Em, students use foam blocks to build a 6 x 6 block tower while preventing the opposing team from knocking it over. Students love this fun twist to a knockdown-style game,...

3 Types of Adventure Programming for P.E.

Physical Education and Wellness classes have come a long, long way in the 21st Century.  Gone are the “Friday Dodgeball” bashes from the 1970s-80s – they’ve been replaced with a healthy smattering of fitness,...
Sad clock for Movement Guidlines

Get Moving: 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

For the first time in our society, kids are sitting more than they sleep. According to the 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity and Children and Youth, "Canadian kids are inactive and they may be...

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