School Reentry Considerations


K-12 Physical Education In-School Instruction With Physical Distancing Supplement - 6-8

Grades 6-8

National Standards for K-12 Physical Education Example Grade-Level Outcomes Example Activity Ideas/Strategies
1 (motor skills and movement patterns)
  • S1. M1 Dance and rhythms
  • S1. M12-M15 Net/wall games
  • Create a fitness or dance routine that represents your feelings about the new school routine
  • Cycling
  • Badminton, tennis, handball or other rackets and balls students might have available
3 (health-enhancing fitness)
  • S3. M1 Physical activity knowledge
  • S3. M2-5 Engages in physical activity
  • S3. M18 Stress management
4 (responsible personal and social behavior)
  • S4. M2 Personal responsibility
  • S4. M3 Accepting feedback
  • S4. M4 Working with others
  • S4. M6 Rules and etiquette
  • Find Someone.... (some tasks will have to be adjusted/removed to fit within social distancing parameters)
  • Walk & Talk activities that provide opportunities to practice respectful/active listening (scenario ideas, pp. 8-11, 18)
  • Self-reflection assignments/assessments
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Have students suggest classroom norms and contribute to class decisions
5 (value of physical activity)
  • S5. M3 Challenge
  • S5. M4 Self-expression and enjoyment
  • Daily Check-In Poster
  • Self-reflection assignments/assessments
  • Provide opportunities for reflection and discussion around the benefits of physical activity especially related to improving mood

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.