School Reentry Considerations


K-12 Physical Education Distance Learning Supplement - K-2

Grades K-2

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
  • Tossing to self
  • Target games
  • Striking activities (e.g., racquets, paddles)
  • Creative movement
  • Movement stories, teachers read a story as students act it out
  • Kicking
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 demonstrate personal and general space
3 (health-enhancing fitness)

It is not developmentally appropriate to have students engage in fitness testing at this grade-level.
  • S3. E1 Physical activity knowledge
  • S3. E3 Fitness knowledge
  • S3. E6 Nutrition
  • Incorporate mindfulness (Try these Skills Posters for Grades K-5)
  • Sharing physical activity calendars for students to use at home
  • Have students identify healthy and unhealthy foods in their home
  • Mindfulness activities
4 (responsible personal and social behavior)
  • S4. E5 Rules and etiquette
  • 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 share their perceived difficulty of new activities
  • Have students share their perceived enjoyment for activities

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.