There is very little difference in motor skill performance between boys and girls in 4th grade. Coordination, fine-motor skill, reaction time, and balance are performed with greater skill. There is rapid mental growth during this time. Students are introduced to basic offensive and defensive strategies. Their confidence is increasing and they ay more independent. They tend to stress winning and rules may be stretched. It is important that they feel a sense of belonging with the group.
Standard 1: Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Students are able to execute locomotor, nonlocomotor and manipulative skills in a variety of situations and can be used in tandem with other skills.
Standard 2: Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Fourth graders understand correct technique and how technique may need to be altered in different situations. They can describe these nuanaces and can explain the similarities and differences of different situations.
Standard 3: Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
Students are participating in at least 4 days of MVPA per week. Their strength and endurance is building as are the number of fitness exercises they can complete. They can demonstrate correct technique when pulling/pushing an object or when stretching. They can compare their fitness data with scientifically based fitness standards.
Standard 4: Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.
Students begin using the FITT principals of frequency, intensity, time and type. They can calculate heart rate and can describe the importance of each of the 5 components of fitness. They expand their understanding of nutrition and the role that carbohydrates play in physical activity.
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.
Fourth graders take on more responsibility than they have in the past. They respond to winning and losing more appropriately and tend to include, appreciate and respect individual differences in them selves and others.