Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
- Physical Education
- Sherri L., Teacher
- Watkinsville, GA
Physical Education Teacher Resources
Find Physical Education educational ideas and activities
Originally designed for a physical education classroom, this lesson plan asks learners to argue for their school to keep their PE class during budget cuts. Whether your school is facing this challenge or not, it does pose a great opportunity for debate or persuasion. Do you think having a PE class is beneficial? Why? Why not?
Bring gaming into the classroom as part of a physical education lesson. Learners with disabilities participate in various physical activities using the Nintendo Wii. They use the video game system not only to play different sports, but also to learn the rules of games. It is a creative way to explore these games.
Challenge your class with this problem-solving experience. Learners design a way to add more periods of physical education in the school week without building more gyms. Then, fifth and sixth graders make a list of ideas and choose one. They give three reasons for their choice and share their rationale with the class.
Students take an active role for their own exploration. They are given the tools that enable them to find information about a specific topic on their own. Students choose from the different units that they have studied at the time: football, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, bowling, basketball, hockey, tennis, lacrosse, etc.
Physical education classes share the skills they have explored using photographs and videos. The projects can be filled with teacher-made films of learners engaged in different activities. Each picture or video should include a caption with the participant's name and explanation of the activity. They place the information on bulletin boards around their school.
Students read a story called Mayor Puts City on Diet to Lose a Million Pounds and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this current event Lose a Million Pounds lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, recalling details, sharing facts, locating fattest to fittest U.S. cities on a map, creating a chart and recording participants daily weight loss, and using idioms tied to food.
Students identify physical education by participating in a sports activity. In this dribbling lesson, students discuss how basketball players move the ball without holding it and define the action as dribbling. Students participate in a dribbling exercise on the playground and practice moving the ball without holding it.
Students inspect physical education by participating in a relay race. For this jump rope lesson, students identify the techniques to skipping rope and discuss the heart benefits which occur from a repeated exercise. Students collaborate in small groups and practice running a relay race while continuing to jump their rope while they race.
Interested in Special Olympics? Looking for an adapted PE lesson for throwing and batting? Here's a lesson based on the rules from Special Olympics for throwing and batting a softball. The rules are included in the lesson plan and they help to define the set-up of the skill drills. So if you need to adapt a PE lesson this one might be useful.
Use the medicine ball to help young learners develop strength in the core muscle groups. The Russian twists develop oblique strength, push-ups develop triceps strength, sit-ups work on abdominal strength, and squats develop quadriceps strength. Demonstrate how to do these exercises and then set them up in small groups to practice.
Students examine the relationship between food and exercise. In this nutrition lesson plan, students watch a power point on how to determine serving sizes and total number of calories. They use empty food boxes to explain nutritional tables. They determine the total number of calories they consumed over the weekend and the calories they worked off.
Here are a few good activities to do for the first or second day of a physical education class. The activities are designed for the class to get acquainted and to build community. The activities come from Adventure Curriculum Physical Education - High School, Inc. 2002. Cooperation and communication are important for a successful PE class , try these activities so your class can get to know each other.
The class will be run back and forth, and all around trying to win at this bowling bingo game. I bet the game will be action packed and full of fun as the players bowl their soft NERF balls at their opponents pins trying to knock them over and steal them. I can't wait to try this one with my classes!