3rd - 5th Grade P.E.

In grades 3-5, students will attain mature motor skills, use movement patterns, learn movement concepts, and explore fitness concepts.  Personal and social skills are emphasized through cooperative activities and the introduction of modified games.  A recommended minimum of 30 minutes a day/5 days a week of Physical Education at these grade levels.


Demonstrate competency in motor skills needed to perform a variety of physical activities by:

  • Entering, jumping, and exiting a long (double) rope turned by others.
  • Jumping repeatedly a self-turned rope while performing different jumping skills.
  • Dribbling an object with a hand, foot, and long handled implement in personal and shared space.
  • Performing simple, small-group balancing stunts by distributing weight and base of support.
  • Kicking and punting a ball at targets from varying distances.
  • Designing and performing a creative dance.
  • Designing and performing smooth, flowing sequences of stunts, tumbling, and rhythmic patterns that combine traveling, rolling, balancing, and transferring weight.
  • Striking an object with varying force, short and long distance, using forehand, and introducing backhand strokes.
  • Striking an object with an underhand and side orientation.
  • Throwing overhand a ball to a target with force and accuracy.
  • Throwing and catching an object with a partner while both partners are moving.
  • Volleying a lightweight object repeatedly with a partner.

Apply movement concepts to the learning and performance of physical activities by:
  • Selecting and practicing a skill in which improvement is needed.
  • Using offensive and defensive skills to obtain and maintain possession of an object.
  • Using a variety of spacial relationships with others in order to play or design a small-group game.
  • Devising cooperative strategies to keep opponents from reaching a specific area, person or object.
  • Using specific feedback to improve performance.
  • Demonstrating basic competence in game strategies and concepts.

Participate regularly in physical activity by:

  • Consciously choosing to participate in moderate to vigorous activity outside of physical education class on a regular basis.
  • Participating in local physical activity opportunities.
  • Choosing to participate in structured and purposeful activity.
  • Monitoring his or her physical activity using a variety of tracking tools (e.g., fitness logs, pedometers).

Apply fitness concepts to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness by:

  • Participating in selected activities that develop and maintain the health-related components of fitness:  muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Comparing target heart rate and perceived exertion during physical activity.
  • Measuring, recording, and comparing the heart rate before, during, and after participation in physical activity of various levels of intensity.
  • Engaging in appropriate levels of physical activity that result in the development of cardiovascular endurance.
  • Recognizing that physiological responses to exercise are associated with their own levels of fitness.
  • Choosing to participate in activities to increase muscular strength and endurance.
  • Explaining how improved flexibility increases the ability to perform skills.
  • Maintaining heart rate without the target heart rate zone for a specified length of time during an aerobic activity.
  • Experiencing the protocols and mechanics of a nationally recognized fitness assessment tool (e.g., Fitnessgram or Brockport)

Exhibit personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings by:
  • Demonstrating awareness and participating safely when involved in activity.
  • Forming groups quickly when asked.
  • Recognizing importance of individual responsibility in a group effort.
  • Encouraging others by using verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Accommodating individual differences in ability levels of others.
  • Working productively with assigned or random groups without adult intervention.
  • Contributing ideas and listening to the ideas of others in cooperative problem-solving physical activities.
  • Acting in a safe and healthy manner when confronted with conflict during physical activity.
  • Analyzing possible solutions to a movement problem in a cooperative physical activity and come to a consensus on the best solution.
  • Acknowledging one's opponent or partner before, during and after a physical activity or game and give positive feedback on the opponent's or partner's performance.

Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction by:

  • Developing self-confidence and a positive self-image in physical activity settings.
  • Choosing motivators (e.g., music, friends) that will enhance fun and enjoyment in a physical activity setting.
  • Participating in physical activity settings which will allow students to set and achieve individual and team goals.
  • Participating with others in a variety of competitive and non-competitive physical activities.