School Reentry Considerations


K-12 Physical Education Distance Learning Supplement - 3-5

Grades 3-5

National Standards for K-12 Physical Education Example Grade-Level Outcomes Example Activity Ideas/Strategies
1 (motor skills and movement patterns)
  • S1. E1-E5 Locomotor
  • S1. E7 Balance
  • S1. E13 Underhand throw
  • S1. E16 Catching
  • S1. E17 Dribbling with hands
  • S1. E18 Dribbling with feet
  • Jumping and landing
  • Catching and tossing challenges
  • Striking activities
  • Kicking
  • Dribbling
  • Activities that include other family members or siblings in the home
2 (movement concepts)
  • S2. E1 Space
  • S2. E2 Pathways, shapes, levels
  • S2. E3 Speed, direction force
  • Have students create an obstacle course in their home or with sidewalk chalk, take pictures and share with the class
  • Have students create their own pathways and travel through them while dribbling
3 (health-enhancing fitness)
  • S3. E3 Fitness knowledge
  • Incorporate mindfulness (Try these Skills Posters for Grades K-5)
  • Share physical activity calendars for students to use at home
  • Create a class list of activities students can do outside of school
  • Create a fitness or dance routine representing your feelings about distance learning
  • Stretching, yoga
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Jumping rope
  • Mindfulness activities
4 (responsible personal and social behavior)
  • S4. E4 Working with others
  • S4. E5 Rules and etiquette
  • Have students explain the importance of the new routines and rules
  • Have students suggest classroom norms and contribute to class decisions
5 (value of physical activity)
  • S5. E2 Challenge
  • S5. E3 self-expression and enjoyment
  • Incorporate check-ins into the daily routine (Try using the Emoji Rating Scale)
  • Have students rate the difficulty of new activities
  • Have students rate activities for enjoyment
  • Provide opportunities for reflection and discussion around the benefits of physical activity especially related to improving mood
  • Self-reflection assignments/assessments

Suggested citation: SHAPE America. (2020). School reentry considerations: K-12 physical education, health education, and physical activity. Reston, VA: Author.

The recommendations and strategies provided herein are obtained based on guidance for schools provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national recommendations for physical education, health education, recess, and classroom-based physical activity. The COVID-19 outbreak is an ongoing, rapidly developing situation. Educators are encouraged to monitor publicly available information and to always follow federal, state and local health organization guidance and government mandates. This information may vary and will be updated as necessary.