Fifth graders differ in their strength and motor development as students begin adolescence and have varying levels of experience with skill practice and execution. Students have a thirst for knowledge and engaging in intellectual challenges. They tend to do well working collaboratively in small groups.
Standard 1: Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Students execute locomotor and nonlocomotor skills in a variety of contexts including jumping for height, distance and a turned rope. Manipulative skills are improved, with increased focus on distance and accuracy.
Standard 2: Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Fifth graders acquire the understanding to support the locomotor, nonlocomotor and manipulative skills of Standard 1. Students can identify correct technique for basic skills and can make adjustments to performance.
Standard 3: Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
Students continue to develop muscular strength and endurance and participate in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) at least four days a week. Focus is on increasing the periods of time they are engaged in MVPA as well as increasing the number of exercises he/she can perform (curl-ups, push-ups, etc). By the end of the year, students should be prepared to pass the state mandated physical fitness test.
Standard 4: Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.
Fifth graders have the cognitive knowledge to support fitness progressions described in Standard 3 by utilizing the FITT training principles and understanding critical elements of exercise including warm-up, cool-down, and the importance of each of the components of fitness.
Standard 5: Students demonstrate and utilize knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
Students take more responsibility for goal setting and their own fitness/skill development. They can work well with others and appreciate differences when collaborating.