Physical Education Grades 7-8

Motor Skills       
Demonstrate offensive and defensive movement strategies in a modified version of a team sport.• 3 vs. 3 basketball, 5 vs. 5 soccer, softball   
Perform a variety of simple rhythmic movements.• Jump rope, line dance, jazz dance   
Display the basic skills and safety procedures needed to participate in activities.• Running, weight training, ice skating, golf    
Explain and demonstrate various game strategies.• Individual, dual, and team sports    
Describe the critical elements of an advanced sport skill.      
When observing an elite team, describe characteristics that make it successful.• Health and skill related fitness, stress management and cooperation     
Describe principles of training and conditioning for specific physical activities.• Analysis of a workout including health and skill related fitness, assessment, and sport specific training     

Physical Education - Grades: Seven-Eight
Active Living       
Participate in an individualized physical activity program designed with the help of the teacher.• Year end personalized fitness goals, including specific strategies to accomplish each goal   
List long-term physiological, psychological, and social benefits that may result from regular participation in physical activity.• Development of a personalized training program   
Participate in fitness-enhancing physical *activities outside of school• Creation of a physical activity calendar that incorporates the recommended 20-30 minutes of exercise three to five times a week
• Personal log of participation in structured or nonstructured *activities outside PE environment
Physical Fitness       
Maintain a record of moderate to vigorous physical activity.• Analysis of available health and fitness clubs for own needs   
Correctly demonstrate various weight training techniques and safety standards.     
Plan a circuit weight training program designed to meet physical fitness goals.• Heart rate training zone assessment    
Engage in physical activity at the target heart rate for a minimum of twenty minutes.     

*See list of “outside of school” activities in appendix

Physical Education - Grades: Seven-Eight
Personal and Social Skills       
Identify positive and negative peer influence.• Exploration of scenarios (e.g., conflict, anger-inducing or ethical behavior) using roleplay and/or videos    
Play within the rules of a game or activity.     
Consider the consequences when confronted with a behavior choice.     
Resolve interpersonal conflicts with sensitivity to rights and feelings of others.• Game adaptations to meet special needs or to enhance the level of participation (e.g., all students must touch ball before team can take a shot in 3-3 basketball)    
Develop positive techniques for use in handling conflict with others without confrontation.     
Find positive ways to exert independence.     
Temper the desire to “belong” to a peer group with a growing awareness of independent thought.• Citizenship classroom duties    
Make choices based on the safety of self and others.• Native Youth Olympics    
Accept a controversial decision of an official.• Physical challenge (e.g., human knot, partner knot,partner pull-up)     
Demonstrate an understanding of the way sports and dance influence American culture.      
Display sensitivity to the feelings of others during interpersonal interactions.     
Respect the physical and performance limitations of self and others.     

Value of Exercise       
Feel satisfaction when engaging in physical activity.• Physical Education Awareness Week activities, such as public service announcements over PA    
Enjoy the aesthetic and creative aspects of performance.• Tumbling routines (individual and group)    
Enjoy learning new activities.• New games/activities (e.g., pickleball, speedball, jazzdance, decathlon)     
Become more skilled (e.g., learning strategy, additional skills) in a favorite activity.• Extra-curricular/out-of-school activities     

Suggested Assessments
  • Activity log/journal
  • Rubrics
  • Discussions
  • Self-evaluation
  • Group presentations
  • Teacher observation
  • Oral test
  • Written research projects
  • Peer observation
  • Written test/evaluation
  • Projects, such as posters, Power Point presentations, development of training/conditioning programs, and videos