Grade 4 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 4 Physical Education Standards
Uses various locomotor skills in a variety of small-sided practice tasks, dance and educational gymnastics experiences.
Runs for distance using a mature pattern.
Uses spring-and-step take-offs and landings specific to gymnastics.
Combines locomotor movement patterns and dance steps to create and perform an original dance.
Combines traveling with manipulative skills of dribbling, throwing, catching and striking in teacher- and/or student-designed small-sided practice tasks.
Balances on different bases of support on apparatus, demonstrating levels and shapes.
Transfers weight from feet to hands, varying speeds and using large extensions (e.g., mule kick, handstand, cartwheel).
Moves into and out of balances on apparatus 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 with a partner.
Combines traveling with balance and weight transfers to create a gymnastics sequence with and without equipment or apparatus.
Throws overhand using a mature pattern in non-dynamic environments (closed skills).
Throws overhand to a partner or at a target with accuracy at a reasonable distance.
Throws to a moving partner with reasonable accuracy in a non-dynamic environment (closed skills).
Catches a thrown ball above the head, at chest or waist level, and below the waist using a mature pattern in a non-dynamic environment (closed skills).
Dribbles in self space with both the preferred and the non-preferred hands using a mature pattern. (
Dribbles in general space with control of ball and body while increasing and decreasing speed
Dribbles with the feet in general space with control of ball and body while increasing and decreasing speed.
Passes and receives a ball with the insides of the feet to a moving partner in a non-dynamic environment (closed skills).
Passes and receives a ball with the outsides and insides of the feet to a stationary partner, “giving” on reception before returning the pass.
Dribbles with hands or feet in combination with other skills (e.g., passing, receiving, shooting).
Kicks along the ground and in the air, and punts using mature patterns.
Volleys underhand using a mature pattern, in a dynamic environment (e.g., two square, four square, handball).
Volleys a ball with a two-hand overhead pattern, sending it upward, demonstrating 4 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern.
Strikes an object with a short-handled implement while demonstrating a mature pattern.
Strikes an object with a short-handled implement, alternating hits with a partner over a low net or against a wall.
Strikes an object with a long-handled implement (e.g., hockey stick, golf club, bat, tennis racket, badminton racket), while demonstrating 3 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern for the implement (grip, stance, body orientation, swing plane and followthrough).
Combines traveling with the manipulative skills of dribbling, throwing, catching and striking in teacher- and/ or student-designed small-sided practice-task environments.
Creates a jump-rope routine with either a short or long rope.
Applies the concept of open spaces to combination skills involving traveling (e.g., dribbling and traveling).
Applies the concept of closing spaces in small-sided practice tasks.
Dribbles in general space with changes in direction and speed.
Combines movement concepts with skills in small-sided practice tasks, gymnastics and dance environments.
Applies the movement concepts of speed, endurance and pacing for running.
Applies the concepts of direction and force when striking an object with a short-handled implement, sending it toward a designated target.
Applies simple offensive strategies and tactics in chasing and fleeing activities.
Applies simple defensive strategies and tactics in chasing and fleeing activities.
Recognizes the types of kicks needed for different games and sports situations.
Analyzes opportunities for participating in physical activity outside physical education class.
Engages actively in the activities of physical education class, both teacher-directed and independent
Identifies the components of health-related fitness.5
Demonstrates warm-up and cool-down relative to the cardiorespiratory fitness assessment.
Completes fitness assessments (pre and post).
Identifies areas of needed remediation from personal test and, with teacher assistance, identifies strategies for progress in those areas.
Discusses the importance of hydration and hydration choices relative to physical activities.
Exhibits responsible behavior in independent group situations.
Reflects on personal social behavior in physical activity.
Listens respectfully to corrective feedback from others (e.g., peers, adults).
Praises the movement performance of others both more skilled and less skilled.
Accepts players of all skill levels into the physical activity.
Exhibits etiquette and adherence to rules in a variety of physical activities.
Works safely with peers and equipment in physical activity settings.
Examines the health benefits of participating in physical activity.
Rates the enjoyment of participating in challenging and mastered physical activities.
Ranks the enjoyment of participating in different physical activities.
Describes and compares the positive social interactions when engaged in partner, small-group and large-group physical activities.
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
Balance on different bases of support on apparatus, demonstrating levels and shapes
Transfer weight from feet to hands varying speed and using large extensions (e.g., mule kick, handstand, cartwheel)
Move into and out of balances on apparatus with curling, twisting and stretching actions
Combine traveling with balance and weight transfers to create a gymnastics sequence with and without equipment/ apparatus
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
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
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 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 overhand using a mature pattern in non-dynamic environments
Throw overhand to a partner or at a target with accuracy at a reasonable distance
Throw to a moving partner with reasonable accuracy in a non-dynamic environment
Catch a thrown ball above the head, at chest/waist level and below the waist using a mature pattern in a non-dynamic environment
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