Sixth grade students are trying to navigate large changes in who they are physically, cognitively and socially. While they will often test limits, they enjoy being active and can utilize skills collaboratively with peers. Students are developing their ability to think abstractly and can take on more challenging skill and cognitive challenges, including providing feedback to peers.
Standard 1: Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Students begin to shift from utilizing fundamental movement and manipulative skills to those which are sport specific. They continue to develop rhythm and dance skills as they participate in folk and line dances and perform stunts and tumbling patterns.
Standard 2: Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Sixth grade students are asked to identify, explain and describe biomechanics and motor learning principles that guide their performance of Standard 1. They are able to develop their understanding of offensive and defensive strategies and can provide appropriate feedback to peers.
Standard 3: Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
Students' frequency of physical activity increases, as do the means by which they gauge their performance. They are able to track their fitness levels, and compare them to standards to help them set goals and establish appropriate fitness routines.
Standard 4: Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.
Sixth graders use the information collected in Standard 3 to determine the most effective means of measuring fitness and are beginning to analyze the effects of warm-up, cool down, nutrition and other variables on each component of their physical fitness. Students will complete a one day fitness plan using the FITT principle (Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type).
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 can identify roles and responsibilities of individuals to collaborate with peers to meet the goals of a group or team.