7th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION STANDARDS
Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
The seventh grade provides students with the opportunities to refine skills such as: dribbling, forearm pass, throwing, catching, striking, and trapping. Through individual and dual activities through outdoor activities (ex: Paddle tennis, golf), students have a chance to practice body management and locomotor, nonlocomotor, and specialized sport skills. Rhythm activities include dances from cultures around the world to help students develop greater understanding and acceptance of their own and others’ heritages.
Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
Seventh graders continue to perform moderate to vigorous physical activities a minimum of four days each week for increasing periods of time. They also continue to assess their own health-related physical fitness and compare themselves to minimum fitness competencies. Using this information they develop goals and plan and implement a weekly personal fitness program. Throughout the school year, the students, with assistance from their teacher, revise their fitness program as their fitness needs change.
Students demonstrate and utilize knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
Seventh graders accept greater responsibility for their own improvement and demonstrate greater acceptance of individuals who are different. They can identify appropriate and inappropriate risks involved in the physical activities they are learning. They also understand the role and responsibilities of the leader and see the value of encouraging others during physical activity.
Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Standard 2 represents the cognitive knowledge that supports the locomotor, nonlocomotor, and specialized sport skills taught in seventh grade. For efficient instruction, teachers develop lessons that address Standards 1 and 2 simultaneously when appropriate. For example, Standard 2.6 states, “Diagram and demonstrate basic offensive and defensive strategies for individual and dual physical activities” and links to Standard 1.4, which states, “Demonstrate body management and object-manipulation skills needed for successful participation in individual and dual physical activities.” Several instructional units for this grade level focus on individual and dual physical activities. During these units, the teacher provides instruction on the basic offensive and defensive strategies. The students practice the strategies and then diagram them, thus, addressing standards under both overarching Standards 1 and 2.
By the end of seventh grade, students can identify and describe the key elements in a variety of movement patterns. They are also able to analyze movement patterns, correct for errors in performance, and chart their own motor skill development in specific activities. Students learn that practicing skills as a whole and practicing skills in parts are appropriate in different learning situations.
In the sixth grade students developed a cooperative game and taught this game to another person. In grade seven students extend this knowledge by creating an individual or dual game using manipulative skills, offensive and defensive strategies, and a scoring system.
Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.
Standard 4 provides the cognitive information to support the fitness activities described in Standard 3. For Standard 4, students are creating fitness plans. These fitness plans specify proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, apply the principles of exercise for each component of health related fitness, and allow students to select activities that they prefer. Seventh-grade students also have an understanding of the effects on heart rate during exercise, immediately following exercise (recovery phase), and while at rest. They can describe the relationship between physical activity and nutrition necessary to achieve a desired level of physical fitness.