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December 6, 2019 | Zachary Licato
Physical Education for Grades 6-8, which meets twice every week on Monday and Tuesday mornings, is a time when students work both individually and collectively to build their motor skills in movement, strategy, rules, safety (regarding others and equipment) and sportsmanship. Students receive grades in these three categories: Participation & Fitness, Health & Safety and Teamwork & Sportsmanship.
How does one build stamina, & strength with his/her body?
How can I improve my endurance?
What is the purpose of a warm-up?
Why do we value teamwork?
How can I make a long term training plan and find a way to apply it regularly?
September-October: PE Policies/Procedures, Capture the flag, & Kickball.
October-November: Team Sports – Basketball
January-March: Volleyball & Badminton
March-April: Fitness Unit & Fitness Testing (PACER)
May-June: Free Choice & Ultimate Frisbee
June – Ultimate Frisbee & Fitness Testing
Duration of activities may fluctuate throughout the year.
Students do receive physical activities or requirements of core strengthening to do at home. Two days a week is not enough to reach certain goals within the National Fitness Testing each year. This allows students to understand the importance of long-term training, planning and shaping their bodies to meet their goals.
Students are expected to come dressed in clothes that enable movement and sneakers. Pants or shorts with an elastic waist that follow dress code, such as sweats or basketball shorts, are ideal as they allow students to do abdominal work on the floor and run with comfort. Since periods are only forty minutes long including the time to travel outdoors, students must come dressed in proper attire. Changing clothes cannot be part of their PE time. Wearing appropriate clothes with appropriate supporting garments as well as sneakers are part of coming prepared to class. Many times, PE class will be held outside. Students are expected to dress appropriately for weather.