Physical Education

Fulton County Schools South Learning Community

2015 - 2016 Issue 16

Spotlighting the best and the brightest physical educators from the South Learning Community in Fulton County.

Heritage Elementary School

Heritage Elementary School welcomes Coach Christopher Thomas as the new physical education teacher! Mr. Thomas comes with 17 years of teaching experience and coaches at Morehouse College. He has been reviewing classroom procedures and getting to know his students. He used the new Bose Speaker System to play a fitness running game. When the music was playing, the students were jogging around the room. When the music was off, the students walked for fitness. Email Coach Thomas for more information -

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Bethune Elementary School

The P.E. team has been working hard to reinvent the look of the gym. The new word wall looks great! Coach Green has created some new posters that you can use in your classroom as well - Classes begin with exercises to warm up. Next, the students practiced for the PACER test by The students loved the new kicking game that Coach Levi Lawson taught them. It was a race to see who could kick their ball and run the bases before getting out.

Striking Unit

Informational poster to use in class.
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Website To Try! This website has games, warm ups, weekly challenges, fitness circuits, and classroom games! Give it a try!

App To Try!

Twitter! This is my first year using twitter and I've learned so many new things from P.E. teachers throughout the country! It is a great collaboration tool as well!

Bulletin Board Idea

Courtesy Stonewall Tell Elementary. Make sure you are taking photos of your bulletin boards at school and uploading them into your TKES for evidence!

Assessment Ideas

Looking for another idea that isn't listed here? Let me know.

Striking Rubric -

Basketball Self Assessment from OpenPhysed -

Dance Routine Rubric -

Juggling - &

Cup Stacking - &

P.E. Activity Stations Rubric -

K - 2 Throwing (Paper Test) New from PECentral -

Football/ Throwing & Catching -

Fitnessgram Goal Setting Sheet -

Third Grade Fitness Knowledge -

Striking Written Test for Upper Grades -

Locomotor Rubric -

Throwing & Catching Rubric -

First Weeks of School/ spatial awareness/ rules & procedures/ interest survey -

Increasing Differentiation & Choice in Physical Education

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Programming-based Choice Strategies:

1. Warm-ups: Providing instant activities with choice or a leveled progression helps students feel empowered and ‘hooks them’ for the rest of the lesson as they feel ownership of their learning. This also allows the teacher to work more one-on-one with specific students in need.

2. Sign-ups: After introducing several activities, provide choices within the same space (flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, walking, or yard games), or have students choose an activity within the same learning category (ex: Ultimate or Flag Football for invasion games). My students are on a weekly rotation. At the end of a three-week cycle they sign up for their favorite choice allowing them to be able to work with students from other classes and specialize in a preferred choice from the recent learning cycle.

3. Level of Competition: When students choose their level of competition for game play they experience more success, which sustains their interest and enjoyment. A ‘Competition League’ is for those who prefer to keep score, play through brackets, and have a higher interest in the activity (notice how I did not say higher skill level). A ‘Recreation League’ runs through a round robin format and for those who do not wish to focus on a win/loss rather more skill development in a less-competitive yet still engaging atmosphere. Sportsmanship is a priority for each league. This is a nice strategy to incorporate especially in net games (Badminton, Pickleball, Tennis).

Product-based Choice Strategies (Differentiation):

1. Bingo or Tic-Tac-Toe: I modify game handouts so students can make self-directed fitness choices and learn content simultaneously. Offering two choices within a box (average and advanced) allows students to choose an activity that fits their ability level. Use the handout multiple times to eventually complete both levels and then have students compare and contrast their experiences.

2. Workout Logs and Fitness Plans: Once students learn fundamental fitness concepts and exercises they log their workouts on a choice-based log that offers a variety of exercises by each muscle group. Students also create personal workouts they can try in class or at home. Or I’ve designed a “Webquest” walking students through creating a fitness plan.

3. Station Choices: Stations and circuits become boring if not spiced up with variety and choice. Give two options or “challenges” when practicing skill work in stations. Incorporate technology and use QR code readers so students scan a choice to see their choice and then complete. Have students design station choices to empower them and take ownership of the learning process.

SkateTime School Program

Have you thought about adding roller skating to your program to enhance cardiovascular endurance? I've done this for 2 years, and the students really enjoy it! They provide an instructor for the first day, and give you the curriculum to teach. I kept the skates for 5 class periods (2 1/2 weeks). Please email Cole Grantham if you want more information.

Jump Rope For Heart

Does your school participate in Jump Rope for Heart? This is a great project based learning unit for physical education! I had our community representative speak with the students, and we made post cards for the children at the local hospital. This is in addition to the great things that JRFH does to enhance our program. You can also do the Hoops for Heart in the Elementary School! Please check out or

or email our representative - Kelsey Schival -

Fulton County Physical Education: Definitions of Instructional Technology, Rigor and MVPA in Physical Education

Instructional Technology - The strategic use of a variety of tools to promote active, engaged, and meaningful learning experiences. The use of technology in physical education should be instructionally aligned, standards-based, and designed to enhance student learning.

Rigor - The teacher creates a student-centered, challenging environment where individual student and class performance is continually assessed to guide instruction through extending, refining, and applying tasks or activities. The content is linked for transfer of learning within physical education and among other content areas.

Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) - MVPA is the time spent on moderate to vigorous physical activity during the lesson. The intensity of the activity depends on the individual’s previous experience in their level of fitness. It is the expectation that students are engaged in MVPA for a minimum of 50% of class time.

Important Sites To Know

Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance -

SHAPE America (our National Standards) -

Fulton County Schools P.E. Website (you need your login credentials)

Georgia Performance Standards for P.E.

Georgia Fitnessgram

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