The World's Most Evidence-Based Physical Education & Physical Activity Programs!

Middle School Curriculum

SPARK was designed to be more inclusive, active, and enjoyable than traditional PE classes, and more than 30 years for research and dissemination support the achievements of those original goals.

SPARK digital members now get full access to the FIRST
physical education curriculum & assessment app!
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SPARK is a complete program made of four key components!

1

Middle School Curriculum

"What To Teach"

Comprehensive, engaging curriculum for middle school – Standards aligned and high MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) lessons; easy to learn, easy to teach format!
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2

Professional Development

"How To Teach"

Teacher training is designed to provide a working knowledge of SPARK’s unique content and instructional strategies. Teachers leave motivated and ready to “SPARK-up” their students for a lifetime of good health!

3

Equipment Sets

"Tools To Teach"

Expert-selected, high-quality, content-matched Gopher equipment provides you with everything you need to execute the SPARK Middle School program!

4

Free Lifetime Support

Once a SPARKer, always a SPARKer!

For a program to work and last, ongoing consultation must be provided. SPARK is committed to extensive follow-up via their unique “SPARK Stars” institutionalization model, offering FREE lifetime support through toll-free number and e-mail consultation, a monthly webinar series, social networking opportunities and a monthly eNewsletter that includes SPARK updates and teaching tips.

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Middle School Curriculum Features

The world's most evidence-based physical education program designed for Middle School!

New OMNIKIN® Unit (June 2022)

Each curriculum set of activities use different types of OMNIKIN® products that increase participation, problem-solving skills,  and improve levels of MVPA!

19 Print + 7 Digital Units!

The instructional units are aligned with the SPARK Yearly Plan. Receive updates for free with an active subscription!

Over 600 Activities!

The Middle School curriculum, available in a new enhanced lesson plan format, includes more than 600 standards-aligned, high MVPA, easy to learn, and easy to teach activities that your students will love. 

An Evidence-Based Curriculum That's Proven to Work

View articles that prove the dramatic results achieved by middle schools that have implemented SPARK programs.

Social and Emotional Learning

Featuring over 50 SEL skill definition and T-chart cards, as well as 10+ SEL lessons.

Skill, Task, and Station Cards

Skill cards may be used as teaching aids, for stations in a circuit, or in combination to create movement routines. English/Spanish

The SPARK Middle School curriculum also includes the following teacher resources:

Assessments

Likert scale rubrics that are linked to National and State Physical Education Standards plus  student self-assessments and unit tests are included in every instructional unit. Now you can assess students with the SPARK App!

Music

Contains the music you need to teach SPARK including warm-up music, interval music, and all songs to instruct SPARK dances.

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Activity Videos for
All Lessons

Short videos provide a quick glimpse of every lesson plan in action. Plus, unit overview videos and some full lesson implementation videos.

SPARK digital members now get full access to the FIRST physical education curriculum & assessment app!

Middle School Curriculum Units (300+ Lesson Plans)

Instructional Units:

Digital Only Units

All SPARK Middle School Lessons Include:

Learning Objectives and Targets

Statements that describe what students are expected to learn and learning targets written in student friendly “I can” statements.

Teaching Cues and Suggestions

Short phrases identify key concepts students should know as they engage in the activity and instructional hints from SPARK PE specialists who have instructed the activity before.

SPARK It Up!

A progression of extensions that add more activities and provide different challenges.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies

Shows lesson’s alignment with CASEL’s SEL competencies and related social skills.

Reflection Questions

Different levels of questioning allow teachers to assess knowledge and understanding, address social emotional learning concepts, and provide opportunities for self assessment.

Standards and Outcomes Alignment

Indicates SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes.

PREP, SET, TEACH Format

Lists equipment/materials needed, describes set-up prior to instruction, and includes ready-to-read activity description that states objectives, instructions, and directions.

SPARK is trusted by schools around the world!
What are some saying?

"SPARK is now both my elementary and
middle school curriculum of choice."
“Recently, my middle school teachers participated in the SPARK training and found it incredibly rewarding. Right away, teachers are encouraged that they can make changes in the classroom that will make significant differences for kids. To move our profession forward, we need to reach one physical educator at a time, with every opportunity we can get. This training was significant in that regard. Thank you SPARK, for bringing solid activities and easy to use assessments to my teachers. SPARK is now both my elementary and middle school curriculum of choice.”

- Judy Lobianco, Supervisor of K-12 Health & PE
South Orange-Maplewood – Maplewood, NJ
"A stellar program that is not only research-based, but also has a great reputation for curriculum design, teacher training and follow-up support.”
“SPARK is well known throughout the state of California and across the country as a stellar program that is not only research-based, but also has a great reputation for curriculum design, teacher training and follow-up support. SPARK stands out as a cost effective, easy-to-use program for PreK-12th grade that is presented in scope and sequence and aligned to the standards. We felt that it was important to have Spanish language content for teachers, parents, and students and appreciate that SPARK is a physical education curriculum with bilingual content. Because of the great relationship that SPARK has built with our district and their continued support for our program, we cannot speak highly enough of them.”

- Chad Fenwick, K-12 Physical Education Advisor
Los Angeles Unified School District – Los Angeles, CA
"I would highly recommend SPARK to any school or district"
“The SPARK training was the best professional development our PE department has had. Finally professional development specifically for PE! The training benefited every teacher there. The teacher with 25 years of experience to the teacher with one year of experience all walked away with new ideas. In one day, we learned new games, assessments, units, classroom management strategies and other ideas that could be implemented into our class right away. The website and curriculum are great resources and very user friendly. The instructor was awesome and a current PE teacher. She kept the training engaging and fun. Other classroom teachers peeked in and even sat in on part of the training because it looked fun. I would highly recommend SPARK to any school or district looking for quality professional development for their PE teachers.”

–Joanne Maki, Physical Education Teacher
Ron Russell Middle School, David Douglas School District, Portland, OR
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