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Physical Education - 5th 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 Klish, Baylor College of Medicine). Quality physical education in elementary school can help to reverse this dangerous trend.
At the fifth grade level students understand the concept of fair play and begin to recognize the varying skill levels within a class. Playing by the rules and respecting self and others are emphasized as students participate in cooperative and competitive physical education activities. Students see how levels of physical activity and food intake are related to obesity and obesity-related diseases. Life skills are embedded in the curriculum. It is recommended that, in addition to recess, all students receive a minimum of 150 minutes of structured physical education 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 in order 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