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Physical Education - 4th Grade
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Valuing activity, fitness, and nutrition as keys to creating and maintaining a life-long healthy lifestyle.
Physical activity is an enjoyable and essential part of our lives. Physical education provides a child with the knowledge, skills and direction to begin the journey to a healthy, happy, and productive life. Today's sedentary lifestyle has created crises in children's lives. "Because of the current obesity epidemic, children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents for the first time in 100 years" (Dr.William Klisch, Baylor College of Medicine). Quality physical education in elementary school can help to reverse this dangerous trend.
At the fourth grade level, student's hand-eye coordination has improved, allowing for advanced instruction in individual and team activities. Fourth grade students are able to understand rules and the importance of following them. Student instructional groups/teams should be kept small to give all students the opportunity for successful participation. Students learn the importance of nutrition as it relates to health and physical fitness. Life skills are embedded in the curriculum. It is recommended that all students receive a minimum of 150 minutes of structured physical education/activity per week.
Special needs students who have IEP recommendations to be included in regular physical education classes may need modifications in both instruction and assessment of physical education skills. However, efforts should be made to teach special needs students with minimal but appropriate modifications to provide them with success in physical education. See Appendix E.
Integrated physical education lessons are included to assist teachers who use physical activity to teach academic content. Kinesthetic learners have optimum success when they move their bodies as they learn. See Appendix C.
Core Standards of the Course