School Reentry Considerations


K-12 Physical Education In-School Instruction With Physical Distancing 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
  • Tossing and target games
  • Striking activities (e.g., racquets, paddles)
  • Creative movement
  • Movement stories, teachers read a story as students act it out
  • Kicking
3 (health-enhancing fitness)
  • S3. E3 Fitness knowledge
  • Incorporate strategies for self-regulation (Try these Skills Posters for Grades K-5)
  • Create a class list of activities students can do outside of school
  • Dance
  • Stretching, Yoga
  • Track and field
  • Fitness stations
  • Agility ladder activities
  • Scavenger hunts
4 (responsible personal and social behavior)
  • S4. E4 Working with others
  • S4. E5 Rules and etiquette
  • Incorporate opportunities for students to provide feedback/praise within activities
  • Have students explain the importance of the new routines & rules
  • Have students suggest classroom norms and contribute to class decisions
  • Walk & Talk activities that provide opportunities to practice respectful/active listening (scenario ideas, pp. 8-11)
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.