2nd graders tend to have a high level of flexibility and are continuing to develop muscular strength and endurance as well as locomotor and manipulative skills. They are developing cognitively to understand concrete concepts, but may struggle with those that are abstract. 2nd graders are more comfortable working with other students, have more self control and a better concept of right and wrong.
Standard 1: Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Students are practicing to achieve correct technique of both locomotor and nonlocomotor skills including skipping, leaping and jumping rope. They begin creating their won tumbling routines and continue to practice manipulative skills of throwing, catching, kicking and dribbling using varied objects.
Standard 2: Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
2nd graders describe correct technique for skills. As well, they are better understanding base of support, force and the concept of open space.
Standard 3: Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
2nd graders participate in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) for increasing amounts of time at least three to four days per week. They begin to participating in more engaging activities including curl-ups, modified push-ups, lunges, squats, and tricep dips. As well, they start to assess and monitor their own fitness levels.
Standard 4: Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.
Students learn the benefits of physical activity and begin to recognize opportunities for participating in MVPA outside of school. They are introduced to basic principles of fitness, learn the purpose and names of major muscle groups as well as basic nutrition concepts.
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.
2nd graders develop skills sets to encourage others, demonstrate cooperation and avoid interference with other students. They work together to solve problems and are beginning to take responsibility for their actions.