School Reentry Considerations


K-12 Physical Education In-School Instruction With Physical Distancing 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 and 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
  • Space Jamming
  • Obstacle courses (avoid students touching objects)
  • Personal/general space activities
  • Movement to rhythms/beats
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. E2 Engages in physical activity
  • S3. E3 Fitness knowledge
  • S3. E6 Nutrition
  • Incorporate strategies for self-regulation (Try these Skills Posters for Grades K-5)
  • Have students make observations to physiological changes (e.g., heart rate, sweating) in their body before, during and after activity
  • Take a Selfie, p. 4
  • Create a class list of activities students can do outside of school
  • Dance
  • Stretching, yoga
4 (responsible personal and social behavior)
  • 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
  • Have student rate their mood before and after physical activity (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.