WMS PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Teacher: Scott DuPont
Students will participate in a variety of activities that help to improve personal fitness, team sports concepts and strategies, as well as communication and problem solving skills among their peers. By the end of each school year, students will be able to identify and perform exercises/activities that reflect each of the five personal fitness components (cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition).
Activities throughout the year will include: soccer, football, basketball, fitness (7th and 8th graders will be introduced to the school weight room), hockey, volleyball, wiffle ball, ultimate frisbee, tennis, and a variety of cooperative games that have students work together to obtain a common team goal.
Students will be graded by the following criteria:
1) Students must wear sneakers to EVERY PE CLASS. Students without sneakers will not be allowed to participate and will receive a zero grade for the period.
I consistently remind each class that there are simple ways to remember to bring sneakers to school on the days that physical education are in their schedule. This includes setting a reminder in their phone or writing down which days they have PE, or keeping a pair of sneakers in their locker (I'll allow them to go to their locker to get them).
2) Daily participation/student engagement: students are expected to participate, and give their best effort, in all assigned tasks and activities, from the beginning to the end of each class.
- Students who participate and are engaged in all tasks and activities receive full credit for that day.
- Students that need only participate in some of the activities, and haven't been engaged during the whole class period will receive half credit for that day.
- Students who come to class without sneakers, or refuse to participate and engage with the class during the whole time period will receive a zero for that day.
Every student has an opportunity to receive an A for each term if they come to class with sneakers, have a great attitude, and engage with their best effort in all activities, regardless of individual ability.
Units of Instruction
By the end of the unit, students will be able to execute the rules, strategies and individual skills of small sided (6v6) soccer games.
In our soccer unit, students practice individuals kills (passing, shooting from various directions and distances, and dribbling), then move on to basic team concepts (spacing, passing in triangles, moving without the ball), and eventually play in a small sided game where they must demonstrate their understanding of the rules of soccer, and to the best of their ability, execute team and individual skills/concepts. This serves as the assessment for the unit.
By the end of the unit, students will be able to execute the rules, strategies, and individual skills of small sided (6v6) football games.
In our football unit, students begin by practicing individual skills (passing and receiving), then proceed to learn basic defensive concepts (person to person, zone defense). Students then participate in modified, small games to reinforce these skills. From there, students build a broader knowledge of the rules through teacher instruction, and the development of a team playbook. Then, with their assigned team, they practice the plays they've designed in preparation for our class game, which is the assessment at the end of the unit.
By the end of the unit, students will be able to execute the rules, strategies, and individual skills of small sided (3v3) basketball games.
In our basketball unit, students begin by practicing individual skills (dribbling, shooting, passing) through drills and games. Then, students practice team concepts (moving without the ball, spacing, when to use a bounce pass or a chest pass). We then have students play against each other in pairs in order to reinforce team concepts. The unit culminates with a 3v3 tournament, which serves as the unit assessment.
By the end of the unit, students will be able to understand the concepts and execute at least two exercises that reflect each of the five fitness components: Cariodvascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, body composition.
In our fitness unit, we begin with fitness stations. Students work in groups at each station that represents a fitness component (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility). Students use this to test their personal ability and practice the exercises. Then, each lesson afterward will have a theme that reflects one of the fitness components. The students will perform warm-up exercises that encompass that component, have a class discussion on why that component is important, then proceed to participate in a class activity to reinforce the component of the day. Our unit culminates in the students performing the four fitness component stations and tracking their improvement. This serves as the assessment for the unit.
***7th and 8th graders are introduced to the school weight room during this unit. For 1-2 lessons, students will learn how to use the equipment and perform basic, light weight bearing exercises.