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Ch 1: Physical Education Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Enhance your physical education lessons by utilizing the resources in this chapter. Get reacquainted with a variety of physical education topics, and use your knowledge along with helpful lesson plan suggestions to develop your curriculum.

Physical Education Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you create comprehensive lesson plans that cover a variety of physical education topics. Whether you're teaching the foundations of rules or history of different sports or preparing students to participate in those activities, this chapter can help refresh your knowledge and make lesson planning easier. This chapter can also help you develop lesson plans for the following topics:

  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Water safety
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • And more!

The lesson plans can develop an effective teaching strategy for teaching that unit, while the topical lessons include videos that you can show in to your class. Quizzes are available with the refresher lessons, allowing you to assess your knowledge of physical education concepts before developing your lessons.

How It Helps

  • Enhances physical education knowledge: This chapter can help you discover new physical education topics or enhance your existing knowledge in a way that makes your lessons more comprehensive.
  • Offers fresh ideas: Lessons provide you with new lesson planning ideas, including discussion topics and project ideas, that could steer your curriculum in a fresh and exciting direction.
  • Additional resources: The video lessons related to the physical education lesson plans can be used as a fun teaching tool in class.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning physical education lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific physical education topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your physical education class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related physical education lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important physical education concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant physical education-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

46 Lessons in Chapter 1: Physical Education Lesson Plans
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Physical Education Lesson Plan Template

1. Physical Education Lesson Plan Template

Planning is essential for all teachers, especially those who see multiple groups of students a day. Use this lesson plan to prepare for teaching physical education. A template is included.

Body Composition Lesson Plan

2. Body Composition Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help students explore the concept of body composition. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss various measurement techniques for determining body composition, and measure their own body composition.

What Is Body Composition? - Definition, Tests & Examples

3. What Is Body Composition? - Definition, Tests & Examples

Body composition is an analysis of the percentage of stored fat in a body as compared to lean mass. In this lesson, learn more about body composition and tests to measure it.

Physical Fitness Lesson Plan

4. Physical Fitness Lesson Plan

Explore physical fitness with students using this lesson plan. Students learn what physical fitness is and what factors affect it, then use the new information to create a personal fitness plan.

What is Physical Fitness? - Definition & Importance

5. What is Physical Fitness? - Definition & Importance

Physical fitness is your ability to carry out tasks without undue fatigue. Learn about the components of physical fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility and body composition and why they are important.

Factors Affecting Physical Fitness & Performance

6. Factors Affecting Physical Fitness & Performance

What kinds of things impact physical fitness and performance, and how can teachers make the most of them? This lesson outlines factors impacting fitness and provides strategies to use in classrooms.

Teaching Children About Exercise

7. Teaching Children About Exercise

In this lesson we teach children about exercise. We educate children on the ever so important benefits of exercise, when to exercise and stretching. The lesson also encompasses nutrition and crucial safety practices as well.

Swimming Lesson Plan

8. Swimming Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach students about swimming. An activity gives students a chance to design an instructional programs for swimming, and a text and video lesson allows them to self-check and revise their programs to perfection.

Water & Recreational Safety: Definition and Precautionary Measures

9. Water & Recreational Safety: Definition and Precautionary Measures

We all love to have fun, but that fun may come at a cost unless you are safe about recreation, namely water activities like boating and swimming. This lesson will show you why and what you can do to protect yourself.

Swimming Skills & Biomechanics

10. Swimming Skills & Biomechanics

Whether you are new to swimming or have a lot of experience, there is always something else to learn about the sport. This lesson contains progressions for beginning through intermediate skill levels for both sports.

Essential Questions for Physical Education

11. Essential Questions for Physical Education

Helping children understand the importance of physical education is an important task for teachers. One helpful way to teach children to appreciate and enjoy physical education is by engaging them in a discussion of questions that relate to P.E.

Formative Assessment Strategies in PE

12. Formative Assessment Strategies in PE

P.E. isn't just about running around a track anymore. Assessment is an important part of the learning process. This lesson reviews formative assessment strategies for the four domains in P.E.

Muscular Endurance Lesson Plan

13. Muscular Endurance Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to assess your students' muscular strength and endurance. Students will read a text lesson explaining the concept, then perform their own tests before setting goals to increase each and a plan to ensure success.

Assessing Strength & Muscular Endurance

14. Assessing Strength & Muscular Endurance

In this lesson, we assess both strength and muscular endurance. We review both resources and accompanying techniques for the assessments, including self-monitoring. We also discuss the safety of specific exercises and equipment.

Physical Education Teaching Strategies & Styles

15. Physical Education Teaching Strategies & Styles

In this lesson, we review some of these various teaching strategies and styles for physical education classes, including an explanation of the contrast between direct teaching and cooperative learning.

Bow & Arrow Lesson Plan

16. Bow & Arrow Lesson Plan

Broaden your students' understanding of bows and arrows with this lesson plan. Students will be guided by an informational text lesson, create and play a fun-facts game, then make their own bow and arrow models.

Timeline of the History of Bow & Arrows

17. Timeline of the History of Bow & Arrows

In this lesson, we will learn about the timeline of bows and arrows from ancient times to the present. We will examine three different types of bows and discover the benefits of archery over firearms.

Archery Lesson Plan

18. Archery Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students learn about different types of bows before practicing the proper stance of an archer. Students will then learn about proper archery competitions before competing in their own archery simulation.

Archery: Skills, Rules & Techniques

19. Archery: Skills, Rules & Techniques

Archery is a popular sport that has been around for centuries. This lesson will describe types of bows, archery techniques, and present-day rules for this ancient activity.

Physical Education Weight Training Lesson Plan

20. Physical Education Weight Training Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about weight training in physical education classes. They will learn about the major muscle groups to train and related safety, and even participate in some actual beneficial exercises.

Balance Lesson Plan for Physical Education

21. Balance Lesson Plan for Physical Education

This lesson plan will educate your students about the principle of balance in physical education activities. They will also participate in active, fun activities to demonstrate and improve their balance abilities.

Motor Skills Lesson Plan for Physical Education

22. Motor Skills Lesson Plan for Physical Education

We begin to develop motor skills from the time we are born. Your students will learn about motor skills and how they use motor skills when physically active. They'll also learn new vocabulary words and play games that require the use of various motor skills.

Body Awareness Lesson Plan

23. Body Awareness Lesson Plan

Your students are at the age where they are becoming very aware of their bodies. They will enjoy learning about body awareness through a video, group activity and quiz.

Catching & Throwing Lesson Plan for Physical Education

24. Catching & Throwing Lesson Plan for Physical Education

With this lesson plan, your students are going to practice motor skills and hand-eye coordination through a series of engaging throwing and catching drills and games.

Health & Fitness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. Health & Fitness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Health and fitness are important to teach at an early stage in life in order to ensure a healthy lifestyle later. With the hep of this lesson plan, your students will read a text lesson about health and fitness before creating a health and fitness plan and taking a quiz.

Track & Field Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Track & Field Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson will teach your students about track and field. They will also participate in two fun and exciting hands-on activities about track and field to reinforce concepts.

Weight Lifting Lesson Plan

27. Weight Lifting Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about weight lifting. They will actually participate in a hands-on weight lifting activity that will allow them to attempt the lifts they are taught.

Cheerleading Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Cheerleading Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson plan, students will learn about cheerleading. After a station rotation with a focus on stunting, tumbling, cheering and jumping, the students will create and perform an original cheer.

Karate Lesson Plan for Elementary School

29. Karate Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Would you like a quick and simple way to teach your students the basics of karate? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to introduce key facts about karate. An activity gives students a chance to try four common types of karate.

Karate Lesson for Kids: Definition & Styles

30. Karate Lesson for Kids: Definition & Styles

Karate is an ancient form of martial arts that's most often used for self-defense. In this lesson, you'll learn about four different types of karate, and discover how karate helps with focus and discipline.

Circuit Training Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. Circuit Training Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Get ready for some fun! This lesson will help teachers facilitate some beneficial activities for students' health and physical education. In the lesson, the students will learn why they need to exercise, and they will have a circuit training plan to follow.

Wiffle Ball Lesson Plan

32. Wiffle Ball Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about the exciting sport of Wiffle ball. Students will also participate in a fun hands-on Wiffle ball game that will reinforce new concepts.

Cross Country Running Lesson Plan

33. Cross Country Running Lesson Plan

Consider using this lesson plan to introduce cross country running to your students. A series of stations is included to help students experience shorter versions of three different types of cross country training runs.

Cross Country Running: Tips & Drills

34. Cross Country Running: Tips & Drills

Cross country running is a tough sport and asks a lot of one's body. In this lesson, we will go over important drills and tips to be a successful cross-country runner.

Tumbling Lesson Plan for Elementary School

35. Tumbling Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson plan, students will learn about tumbling. With a focus on vocabulary, students will view video clips of the tumbling tricks and discuss what they look like. Then, they will practice the tricks on their own.

Locomotor Skills Lesson Plan for Physical Education

36. Locomotor Skills Lesson Plan for Physical Education

Get ready to move! In this lesson, the students will learn locomotor skills that are essential to coordination and to movements they will need for activities and sports as they grow up.

Tag Lesson Plan for Physical Education

37. Tag Lesson Plan for Physical Education

In this lesson, the students will learn and practice some of the useful movements for the game of tag. They will also learn strategies on how to avoid being 'tagged' and on how to free a 'tagged' friend.

Rodeo Lesson Plan for Elementary School

38. Rodeo Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about common events in the rodeo. They will consider how these events reflect the needs of ranch life and will compete in a series of modified rodeo games.

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Lesson Plan

39. Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces students to the body through the book 'Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes' illustrated by Annie Kubler. Students will also identify and label the parts of the body during some fun activities.

Breaststroke Lesson Plan

40. Breaststroke Lesson Plan

In this lesson, teachers will activate students' prior knowledge by reviewing competitive swimming strokes. Then they will show a short video about the breaststroke, present discussion questions and assign an activity to simulate the techniques.

Ballet Class Lesson Plan

41. Ballet Class Lesson Plan

Educate your students about ballet class with this helpful lesson plan. They will take part in a group discussion, and also practice ballet positions.

Basketball Shooting Lesson Plan for Elementary

42. Basketball Shooting Lesson Plan for Elementary

This is a lesson plan for physical education focused on basketball shooting. By rotating between activity stations, your students will practice shooting baskets in different circumstances and practice teamwork as well.

High Jump Lesson Plan

43. High Jump Lesson Plan

This lesson plan for physical education teaches the basic skills for the high jump. It focuses on teaching the Fosbury Flop and giving students a chance to practice jumping with a bar.

Four Square Lesson Plan

44. Four Square Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with information about how to teach students to play Four Square. Students will learn about the rules and procedures before engaging in the game.

Fitness Unit Plan for Elementary School

45. Fitness Unit Plan for Elementary School

This fitness unit plan contains lesson plans, activities, and exercises that will help your elementary students power through the basics of fitness and heart health. They will also explore several types of fitness exercises in-depth.

Fitness Unit Plan for High School

46. Fitness Unit Plan for High School

Physical fitness should be an essential part of your high school students' lives, both now and in the future. This unit plan will enable you to build student knowledge about the body systems affected by fitness, as well as some creative ways to incorporate fitness into their daily lives.

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