Physical Education

Course Overview

Physical education is a state-mandated course for students in pre-K through grade 12. During the course, students learn general information about physical education and how it pertains to their everyday lives. Throughout the year, students are actively involved in a variety of lifetime skills, learning the rules and regulations of several games so they are able to participate in them outside of the school setting.

During the year, students:

  • Develop physical skills and fitness that enable them to participate in lifetime fitness activities.
  • Develop an understanding of physical fitness as it relates to their mental alertness.
  • Develop an understanding of the body and its movements as an important part of everyday life.
  • Develop desirable social and moral skills through physical activity.
  • Develop a positive self-concept through physical activity.

Required Text

Textbooks are not used in this class.

Required Supplies

Students must bring in a change of clothes and sneakers for each class. The clothing required may be different from season to season: In the fall and spring, a long-sleeved t-shirt or sweatshirt with shorts or sweatpants are appropriate for outdoor activities. During the winter, class is held inside so t-shirts and shorts are recommended.

Course Format and Procedures

The course meets every-other day (A or B day) for 40 minutes. Students change into their physical education clothes at the beginning of each class. Students are required to participate in the daily activity unless they are excused by a doctor via a medical note. Students with a doctor’s note are not required to make up the daily participation credits but must listen to all instructions.

Grading Procedures

Grades are based on students’ daily participation credits. Participation grades are weighted equally and averaged at the end of each quarter to determine a student’s grade. For more information see the district grading policy.

Student and Parent Resources

Students who miss a class are not required to stay after school; work missed will be discussed and made up the following day of class.

Email and voicemail are the best ways to contact the course instructors. The teachers strive to respond to all messages within 24 hours; parents who do not receive a response within 24 hours are encouraged to send their messages a second time.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction and Fitness Testing (2 weeks)

  • Syllabus
  • Fitness tests

Unit 2: Soccer (3 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Rules
  • Game play

Unit 3: Flag Football (3 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Passing
  • Catching
  • Rules
  • Game play

Unit 4: Ultimate Frisbee (2 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • How to throw the frisbee
  • Rules

Unit 5: Volleyball (4 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Bumping
  • Setting
  • Spiking
  • Game play

Unit 6: Basketball (2 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Rules
  • Shooting games
  • Game play

Unit 7: Badminton (4 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Serving
  • Hits used in game play (drop, clear, smash and drive)
  • Game play

Unit 8: Pickleball (2 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Serving
  • Game play

Unit 9: Floor Hockey (4 weeks)

  • Rules
  • Safety
  • Game play

Unit 10: Fitness Testing (2 weeks)

  • Mile run
  • Sit-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • V-sit and reach
  • Shuttle run

Unit 11: Lacrosse (3 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Passing and catching
  • Game play

Unit 12: Ultimate Frisbee (2 weeks)

  • Catching and throwing
  • Game play

Unit 13: Tennis (2 weeks)

  • History of the game
  • Game play

Unit 14: Softball (5 weeks)

  • Game play

Note: The content of this syllabus is subject to change depending on the weather and the needs of students in the class and/or the instructors.