What are The Components of a Successful Physical Education Lesson Plan?

by SPARK


A requirement for a successful physical education program is a strong foundation. The physical education lesson plan that you choose to include in your curriculum is one of the most important tools in your arsenal to help provide a well-rounded, engaging, and effective class. Choices for layout, focus, and supplies abound, but most all of them include a few primary factors.

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Every great physical education curriculum brings in elements such as strength training, collaboration, cardio, and of course the element of fun.  Let’s take a look at how to get all of these elements into a lesson plan for each age group, and how to use national standards to help you do so.

Foundations for Each Age Bracket

Lesson plans can vary greatly depending on the audience. Students in each chapter of their education require work on different skill sets, and their interests diverge as well. Let’s take a look at some of the foundational items for elementary, middle school, and high school lesson plans.

Elementary

  • Focus on motor skills and coordination, and keep activities short and engaging

  • Promote personal responsibility, rules, and safety

  • Use collaboration and tandem exercises to increase confidence

Middle School

  • Focus on social confidence through cooperative group games

  • Promote individual confidence through goal-based activities

  • Begin introducing the foundations of strength training and an exercise routines

High School

  • Encourage students to find their interests through trial and error

  • Teach personal physical responsibility and how to incorporate exercise into daily life

  • Enhance foundations of strength training, stretching, and cardiovascular workouts

  • Promote the importance of sports that they can incorporate into their lives both today and well into the future

Supplies are also an important supporting tool in the creation of a great lesson plan. Balls, balance beam, mats, bean bags, hula hoops, climbing ropes, jump ropes, cones, and free weights can all help support and bring variety to any good curriculum. For programs needing financial assistance in buying physical education supplies, grants are available across the country.

Using the PECAT and HECAT

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT based upon the NASPE national physical education standards, and the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT), created by the CDC, can help you and your school district conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of your curriculum, ensuring that it is well-positioned for your particular students. The PECAT assesses:

  • How closely your curriculum aligns with national standards for high quality physical education programs

  • How well your content and student assessment corresponds to national standards for physical education for your grade level

  • How to identify revisions needed in district or individual school program curricula

Building Off Of Existing Resources

With a quick internet search, physical education lesson plans can be found from far and wide. But depending on your particular group of students and their accompanying school activities, it’s important to ensure that your plan is up to regulatory standards, and also dovetails neatly into after-school sports as well as the rest of the school curriculum.

Launched by the National Institutes of Health, SPARK PE provides new and innovative approaches to PE content, with lesson plans that have been tested in real world settings. Comprehensive lesson plans have been carefully created under the support of 20 years of ongoing research and field testing. Through the SPARK PE site you can find sample activity lesson plans for early childhood, the classroom, elementary, middle, and high school PE classes, as well as curriculums specially designed for after school activities.

Physical education is of growing interest in today’s population of expanding waistlines. The right curriculums help instill healthy habits that can follow children throughout their primary education all the way through adulthood.

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