Grade 3 Physical Education
The Physical Education program at ACS is guided by the SHAPE America standards. The standards define what students should know and be able to do as a result of a highly effective physical education program.
The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual*:
• Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.
• Knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities.
• Participates regularly in physical activity.
• Is physically fit.
• Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.
The five standards around which the grade level outcomes are developed are:
Standard 1: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
Standard 2: The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5: The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
Grade 3 Physical Education Standards
Leaps using a mature pattern.
Travels showing differentiation between sprinting and running.
Jumps and lands in the horizontal and vertical planes using a mature pattern.
Performs teacher selected and developmentally appropriate dance steps and movement patterns.
Performs a sequence of locomotor skills, transitioning from one skill to another smoothly and without hesitation.
Balances on different bases of support, demonstrating muscular tension and extensions of free body parts.
Transfers weight from feet to hands for momentary weight support.
Moves into and out of gymnastics balances with curling, twisting and stretching actions.
Combines locomotor skills and movement concepts (levels, shapes, extensions, pathways, force, time, flow) to create and perform a dance.
Combines balance and weight transfers with movement concepts to create and perform a dance.
Throws underhand to a partner or target with reasonable accuracy.
Throws overhand, demonstrating 3 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern, in non-dynamic environments (closed skills), for distance and/or force.
Catches a gently tossed hand-size ball from a partner, demonstrating 4 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern.
Dribbles and travels in general space at slow to moderate jogging speed, with control of ball and body.
Dribbles with the feet in general space at slow to moderate jogging speed with control of ball and body.
Passes and receives a ball with the insides of the feet to a stationary partner, “giving” on reception before returning the pass.
Uses a continuous running approach and intentionally performs a kick along the ground and a kick in the air, demonstrating 4 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern for each.
Uses a continuous running approach and kicks a stationary ball for accuracy
Volleys an object with an underhand or sidearm striking pattern, sending it forward over a net, to the wall or over a line to a partner, while demonstrating 4 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern.
Strikes an object with a short-handled implement, sending it forward over a low net or to a wall.
Strikes an object with a short-handled implement while demonstrating 3 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern.
Strikes a ball with a long-handled implement (e.g., hockey stick, bat, golf club), sending it forward, while using proper grip for the implement. Note: Use batting tee or ball tossed by teacher for batting.
Performs intermediate jump-rope tricks (e.g., a variety of tricks, running in and out of long rope) for both long and short ropes.
Recognizes the concept of open spaces in a movement context.
Recognizes locomotor skills specific to a wide variety of physical activities.
Combines movement concepts(direction, levels, force, time) with skills as directed by the teacher.
Employs the concept of alignment in gymnastics and dance.
Employs the concept of muscular tension with balance in gymnastics and dance.
Applies simple strategies and tactics in chasing activities.
Applies simple strategies in fleeing activities.
Charts participation in physical activities outside physical education class.
Identifies physical activity as a way to become healthier.
Engages actively in the activities of physical education class without teacher prompting.
Describes the concept of fitness and provides examples of physical activity to enhance fitness.
Recognizes the importance of warm-up and cool-down relative to vigorous physical activity.
Demonstrates, with teacher direction, the health-related fitness components.
Identifies foods that are beneficial for before and after physical activity.
Exhibits personal responsibility in teacher-directed activities.
Works independently for extended periods of time.
Accepts and implements specific corrective feedback from the teacher
Works cooperatively with others.
Praises others for their success in movement performance.
Recognizes the role of rules and etiquette in physical activity with peers.
Works independently and safely in physical activity settings.
Discusses the relationship between physical activity and good health.
Discusses the challenge that comes from learning a new physical activity.
Reflects on the reasons for enjoying selected physical activities.
Describes the positive social interactions that come when engaged with others in physical activity.
Physical Education Units and Skills
Rules and Procedures
Explain why it is important to follow all designated rules
Explain what a good listener looks like
Explain why it is important to work together as a class or alongside classmates during various P.E. games/activities
Explain the four Core Values and how they relate to P.E.
Perform the backhand, forehand, and serve
Hold the racket with the correct grip
Use a continuous running approach and kicks a moving ball, demonstrating 3 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern
Move on the scooter using their hands and feet
Move back and forth the width of the basketball court three times
Proper scooter movement form
Understand how to use a scooter properly
Apply the skills learned in this lesson to future activities
Treat the equipment with respect
Follow all safety rules
Learn and apply different rules and strategies for chasing and fleeing
Striking and Fielding
Effectively strike an object that is thrown to them with an implement (i.e., bat, racket).
Successfully catch and throw a ball to a partner with proper form (stepping with opposite foot, making an L w/ their throwing arm, and following-through)
Communicate with teammates and opponents during games of Argoball, and Powerball.
Demonstrate various dances by following along to the beat and completing different dance moves to different songs
Work collectively with fellow classmates to create their own dance which they will demonstrate in front of the class
Games and Movement
Demonstrate an understanding of simple games
Demonstrate cooperative and teamwork skills by playing with classmates
Move in time to the beat of the music (slow, medium & fast)
Move in designated pathways (straight lines, curves, and zig-zags)
Demonstrate different locomotor movements
Demonstrate age-appropriate transitions between movements
Manipulate equipment through a variety of patterns and pathways
Balance on different bases of support, demonstrating muscular tension and extensions of free body parts
Transfer weight from feet to hands for momentary weight support
Move into and out of gymnastics balances with curling, twisting and stretching actions
Combine balance and weight transfers with movement concepts to create and perform a dance
Employs the concept of alignment in gymnastics
Employs the concept of muscular tension with balance in gymnastics
Demonstrate the mechanics of shooting
Demonstrate the mechanics of a layup
Dribble at a reasonable pace using both hands
Demonstrate 4 different passes
Recognize violations in their own play and that of their peers
Bump and set the ball with control
Perform a successful underhand serve
Move on court, being able to cover the space they are responsible for
Play the game effectively following rules of the game
Throw frisbee with accuracy toward target
Toss to their partner using the backhand throw seven times in a row
Toss to their partner using the forehand three times in a row
Work together as a team during Frisbee Turnaround, which will allow them to use teamwork and various ways to catch and throw a Frisbee
Demonstrate a proper throw-in, goal-kick, and corner-kick.
Demonstrate how to dribble under control using various parts of their feet.
Demonstrate how to correctly trap the ball with various parts of their body.
Pass back and forth between teammates using both a forehanded pass and backhanded pass
Demonstrate how to remain in control of a ball/puck while moving throughout an obstacle course of cones
Effectively understand basic rules of hockey by playing 5 vs. 5 or 6 vs. 6 floor hockey games
Demonstrate a variety of jump-roping jumps
Choose an appropriately sized rope
Jump alone and in groups
Develop jump-rope patterns
Enter and exit an already twirling rope
Spin the jump rope for a jumper, adjusting height, width and speed
Design a three-part routine (individual, partner, group)
Praise others during activities
Follow teacher instructions the first time
Complete stations as directed in a safe manner
Throw underhand to a partner or target with reasonable accuracy
Throw overhand, demonstrating 2 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern
Catch a gently tossed hand-sized ball from a partner, demonstrating 4 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern
Perform appropriate buoyancy skills for prescribed times and distances
Travel for prescribed distances using a variety of competent strokes on their back (backstroke, elementary backstroke)
Travel for prescribed distances using a variety of competent strokes in their front (freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, survival swimming)
Demonstrate at least two self-rescue skills
Perform a variety of assists