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Physical Education

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Elementary PE - Course Descriptions

Kindergarten

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the California Physical Education Framework. The emphasis is on how students move in their environment.  Students will learn fundamental locomotor (running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leading, sliding, galloping), nonlocomotor (bending, twisting, turning, rocking, swaying, balancing, stretching, pushing, and pulling), and manipulative (rolling, throwing, catching, bouncing, kicking) skills.  Students will participate in a wide variety of activities that involve locomotor, nonlocomotor and manipulative skills, fitness concepts and fitness development exercises. Students will participate in a variety of movement activities leading to experiences of personal feelings of success.  Units of instruction include fitness, body image, manipulatives, and accepting and expressing ideas through movement.

First Grade

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the California Physical Education Framework. The emphasis is on moving through space and time. Students will learn to demonstrate the qualities of movement (space, time, force, flow, levels, directions, and pathways) as they perform a variety of fundamental locomotor (running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leading, sliding, galloping) and nonlocomotor (bending, twisting, turning, rocking, swaying, balancing, stretching, pushing, and pulling) skills. Students will learn to manipulate objects with purposeful movement (throwing, catching, striking, kicking, bouncing, and rolling).  Students will participate in a variety of fitness development exercises.  Students will learn playground rules and safety for self and others.  Units of instruction include social skills, fitness, movement qualities, and manipulatives.

Second Grade

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the California Physical Education Framework. The emphasis is on how students move with one another in space. Students will learn to work cooperatively with a partner.  They will learn to demonstrate the qualities of movement (space, time, force, flow, levels, directions, and pathways) as they perform a variety of fundamental locomotor (running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leading, sliding, galloping) and nonlocomotor (bending, twisting, turning, rocking, swaying, balancing, stretching, pushing, and pulling) skills. Students will learn to manipulate objects with a partner (throwing, catching, striking, kicking, bouncing, and rolling).  Students will learn fitness concepts and participate in a variety of fitness development exercises.  Students will learn playground rules related to the use of equipment, safety and games.  Units of instruction include social skills, fitness, movement education, and manipulatives.

Third Grade

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the California Physical Education Framework. The emphasis is on how students react and respond to others and perform well-defined combinations of movements. Students will learn to develop patterns and combinations of movements using locomotor and non-locomotor skills. Students will continue to learn to manipulate objects with a partner (throwing, catching, striking, and kicking).  Students will learn to analyze their performance in order to learn or improve a movement skill.  Students will continue to learn fitness concepts and participate in a variety of fitness development exercises.  Students will learn playground rules related to the use of equipment, safety and games.  Units of instruction include social skills, fitness, movement education, and manipulatives.

Fourth Grade

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the California Physical Education Framework. The emphasis is on manipulating objects in and through space. Students will learn to demonstrate the correct techniques for using manipulatives including throwing, catching, striking, kicking, trapping, and dribbling.    Students will learn to analyze their performance in order to learn or improve a movement skill.  Students will continue to learn fitness concepts, participate in a variety of fitness development exercises, and learn to assess their personal fitness.  Working together as part of a group, students will learn to appreciate personal differences and value the rights of others.  Units of instruction include playground rules and games; fitness pre- and post-testing; jump rope; throwing, rolling, and catching; striking with hands; striking with implements; striking with feet; new games; parachutes; rhythms and dance. 

Fifth Grade

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the California Physical Education Framework. The emphasis is on manipulating objects with accuracy and speed. Students will continue to learn the correct techniques for using manipulatives including throwing, catching, striking, kicking, trapping, and dribbling.    Students will continue to learn to analyze their performances in order to learn or improve a movement skill.  Students will continue to learn fitness concepts, participate in a variety of fitness development exercises, assess their personal fitness, compare their scores to a health related standard, and set goals for improvement or maintenance.  Working in small groups, students will learn to accept personal differences (maturity levels, physical differences, physical abilities, cultures, and gender differences).  Units of instruction include playground rules and games; fitness pre- and post-testing; jump rope; throwing, rolling, and catching; striking with hands; striking with implements; striking with feet; new games; parachutes; rhythms, dance, and cultural games.

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Middle School PE - Course Descriptions

Grade Six

This course provides students the opportunity to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools. In 6th grade, the content standards emphasize working cooperatively to achieve a common goal. The focus of this course is the development of movement skill combinations and movement skill knowledge; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance, and the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles and strategies; and the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics, in the learning and performance of physical activity. Units of activity include: physical fitness (activities and assessment, concepts, development and maintenance); cooperative activities; throwing and catching skills and lead-up games (team handball and/or flag football); volleying skills and lead-up games (volley tennis and/or small-sided volleyball games); racket skills and lead-up games (paddle tennis, pickle ball, or tennis); dribbling skills (hand dribble and foot dribble) and lead-up games (3-on-3 basketball and small-sided soccer games); folk and line dance; stunts and tumbling.

Grade Seven

This course provides students the continuing opportunity to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools. In 7th grade, the content standards emphasize meeting challenges and making decisions. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge to individual and dual physical activities; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance, and the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles and strategies; and the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics, in the learning and performance of physical activity. Units of activity include: physical fitness (activities and assessment, concepts, development and maintenance); cooperative activities (including introductory adventure/outdoor activities, such as orienteering); mature pattern throwing and catching skills (including flying disc skills) applied during small-sided games (team handball/Ultimate Frisbee/softball); track and field skills (including long jump, shot put, high jump, sprints, and relays); golf (with golf ball-size whiffle balls) skills or disc-golf skills applied in golf or disc-golf lead-up games; volleying skills applied in small-sided games (2-on-2 or 3-on-3 volleyball); racket skills applied in leadup games (paddle tennis/pickle ball/tennis); dribbling skills (hand dribble and foot dribble) applied in small-sided lead-up games (no larger than 4 on 4); multicultural dance; and introductory self-defense.  

Grade Eight

This course provides students the continuing opportunity to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools. In 8th grade, the content standards emphasize working as a team to solve problems. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge (including defensive and offensive strategies) to team physical activities, gymnastics/tumbling, and square dance; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance; the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles and strategies to improve health and performance; and the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics, in the learning and performance of physical activity. Units of activity include: physical fitness (activities, assessment, concepts, development and maintenance); cooperative activities; movement skills and strategies applied in modified games of: flag football; soccer or lacrosse; volleyball; basketball or floor hockey; soccer; softball; team handball/ultimate Frisbee; square dance; stunts and tumbling.

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Middle School PE - Elective Courses

Physical Education Extention

This course is designed to continue to give students the opportunity to gain personal fitness skills and knowledge through an enriched Physical Education program. Students w ill be empow ered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, w ellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students learning personal fitness, including health-related fitness and w ellness concepts, self assessments, and activities. Units of instruction include: Fitness and Wellness for All; Learning Self-Management Skills; Lifestyle Physical Activity and Positive Attitudes; Components of Health Related Fitness; Choosing Nutritious Foods; Making Consumer Choices; Stress Management; and Personal Program Planning.

Personal Fitness 6

This course provides students the opportunity to enhance their learning of personal fitness concepts and principles through a developmentally appropriate physical education elective program aligned with the Physical Education Content Standards for California Public Schools. The focus of this course is the development of fitness knowledge, fitness principles, fitness strategies and fitness skills; positive nutrition concepts and principles; and the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness and nutrition to improve health and performance; in the learning and performance of physical fitness and nutrition activities. Units of activity include: physical fitness (activities and assessment, concepts, development and maintenance); and cooperative activities.

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High School PE - Course Descriptions

Introduction to Kinesiology/PE

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Kinesiology and Physical Education program in accordance with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students analyzing skills for effective movement. Units of instruction include: introduction to kinesiology and physical education, fitness (including fitness technology), individual and dual activities, rhythms/dance and aquatics.  

Introduction to Kinesiology/PE Personal Fitness Emphasis

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Kinesiology and Physical Education program aligned with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students developing a personalized fitness program for a healthy lifestyle. Units of instruction include: introduction to kinesiology and physical education with personal fitness emphasis, fitness concepts and techniques, cardiorespiratory endurance training, nutrition, individual activities, aquatics, rhythms and dance and dual activities.

Advanced Kinesiology/PE

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Kinesiology and Physical Education program in accordance with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students analyzing skills for effective movement. Units of instruction include: introduction to advanced kinesiology and physical education, fitness (including fitness technology), team activities, gymnastics/tumbling, aquatics and combatives.

Advanced Kinesiology/PE Personal Fitness Emphasis

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Kinesiology and Physical Education program aligned with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students developing a personalized fitness program for a healthy life-style. Units of instruction include: Introduction to kinesiology and physical education with personal fitness emphasis, personal fitness concepts and techniques, cardiorespiratory endurance training, nutrition, team activities, combatives, tumbling/gymnastics, and aquatics.

PE 9 Dance Emphasis

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Kinesiology and Physical Education program aligned with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on rhythms and dance and students analyzing skills for effective movement. Units of instruction include modern, ballet, and jazz dance, introduction to kinesiology and physical education with personal fitness emphasis, fitness concepts and techniques, cardiorespiratory endurance training, nutrition, aquatic and individual and dual activities. Additionally, this course helps students learn the beginning skills of dance while improving their technique, poise, self-confidence, and creative ability. Students will choreograph and dance in class presentations.

PE 10 Dance Emphasis

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Kinesiology and Physical Education program aligned with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on dance and on students developing a personalized fitness program for a healthy life-style. Units of instruction include the intermediate skills of dance (including technique, poise, self-confidence, creativity, choreography, and productions), introduction to kinesiology and physical education with personal fitness emphasis; personal fitness concepts;, cardiorespiratory endurance training; nutrition; team activities; combatives; and tumbling/gymnastics.

Physical Education Drill Team Emphasis

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned program aligned with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness, drill team skills, rhythms, dance, and tumbling. Units of instruction include: introduction to kinesiology and physical education with rhythms, dance and fitness emphasis, fitness concepts and techniques, cardiorespiratory endurance training, nutrition, individual activities, aquatics, rhythms and dance and dual activities.

Physical Education Spirit Leader Emphasis

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned program aligned with the California Model Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness, spirit leader/cheerleading skills, rhythms, dance, and tumbling. Units of instruction include: introduction to kinesiology and physical education with rhythms, dance and fitness emphasis, fitness concepts and techniques, cardiorespiratory endurance training, nutrition, individual activities, aquatics, rhythms and dance and dual activities.

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High School PE - Elective Courses

Aerobics

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn aerobic dance routines and training techniques used for achieving optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardio-respiratory endurance activities. Students will learn basic aerobic steps as well as simple and complex aerobic dance combinations. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.  

Introduction to Latin Dance

This course is designed to teach students the basic elements of Latin Dance. Students will analyze dance’s role in improving and maintaining one’s health related fitness and then incorporate dance activities into their personal fitness program/plan. Students will learn basic steps as well as complex combinations in Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and the Cha Cha. For each dance, the students will learn the historical and geographical roots, the music and the instruments associated with each one. This course will help students learn the skills of dance while improving their technique, poise, self-confidence and creative ability as well as deepening their understanding of and appreciation for the rich and colorful heritage that each dance represents. As a course involving couples’ dances, it will allow students to develop an understanding of the social etiquette involved in couples dancing.

Fitness/Conditioning

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.  

Introduction to Yoga

This course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basic postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation methods of yoga. Students w ill begin to experience the benefits of stretching, moving, and breathing freely as they relieve built up stress, learn to relax, and ultimately get more out of day-to-day life. The aim of this course is to promote vibrant health and to tap the body¹s latent energy reserves.

Basketball and Fitness

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn and develop fundamental and advanced skills and strategies of team activities, as well as fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for achieving and maintaining optimal physical fitness.  Students will benefit from comprehensive team activities and cardio respiratory activities.  Students will learn basic fundamentals and advanced techniques of a team activity/activities, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning.  Course includes both lecture and activity sessions.  Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in team activities, aerobic fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.  

Soccer Fitness

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn and develop fundamental and advanced skills and strategies of soccer activities, as well as fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for achieving and maintaining optimal physical fitness.  Students will benefit from comprehensive team activities and cardio respiratory activities.  Students will learn basic fundamentals and advanced techniques of soccer, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning.  Course includes both lecture and activity sessions.  Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in team activities, aerobic fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

Weight Training

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.  

 

 

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