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Eighth Grade Physical Education Standards

Movement Concepts

-Body and space awareness

-Speed variations

-Level changes

-Directional changes during activity

-Appropriate changes in body shapes

-Perform movement sequences

-Qualities of force and flow in skill  


Locomotor Skills







Non-Locomotor Skills

-Static and dynamic balance on various body parts

-Cooperative balance with

 partner/small group

-Pushing/pulling in relation to force and flow

-Cross-lateral movement

-Bi-lateral movement


-Vestibular movement


Manipulative Skills









Lifetime Fitness/Personal Wellness

-Identify and describe the benefits of physical activity

-Identify and demonstrate F.I.T.T. principles

-Aerobic/anaerobic activity

-Monitor heart rate during exercise

-Participate/identify warm-up,  

 conditioning, and cool-down  


-Identify components of health-

 related physical fitness

-SMART goals

-Describe how physical activity promotes brain development and learning readiness

Personal and Social Behavior

-Understand and apply safety rules

-Understand team communication and cooperative skills

-Active listening

-Follows directions

Eighth Grade Physical Education Concept Standards

Motor Skills


Uses basic offensive and defensive strategies in modified net games and invasive games.


Performs a variety of simple folk, square, and creative dances.


Designs and performs gymnastics (or dance) sequences that combine traveling, rolling, balancing, and weight transfer into smooth, flowing sequences with intentional changes in direction, speed, and flow.


Develops and refines an individual short-rope routine using a variety of basic skills.


Explores introductory outdoor pursuit skills.

Learning Concepts


Identifies similarities in body position in various team sports.


 Detects and corrects errors in personal performance.


Explains at least two game tactics involved in playing a team sport.


Designs a new game that incorporates skills and tactics that can be played fairly by all students, including those with disabilities.

Active Participation


Participates in physical activities both during and outside of school for the purpose of improving skill and health.


Sets realistic, measurable, and attainable goals for participation in activities of own choosing.


Accumulates a recommended number of minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity outside of physical education class on three or more days during the week.


Maintains a physical activity log for a seven-day period, documenting progress toward achievement of personal goals.


Logs a specified number of steps during the day using pedometers.

Physical Fitness


Participates in activities designed to improve or maintain the health related fitness components.


Understands the importance of staying within the target heart rate (THR) zone while participating in games and activities.


Self-assesses heart rate before, during, and after vigorous physical activity.


Demonstrates appropriate training principles and exercise techniques designed to improve physical fitness.


Maintains heart rate in THR zone for a minimum of 20-minutes while participating in a game or activity.

Personal and Social Behavior


Makes responsible decisions about using time, applying rules, and following through with the decisions made.


Remains on-task without close teacher monitoring.


Demonstrates concern for safety of self and others during games and activities.


Considers the consequences of choices when confronted with negative peer pressures.


Plays within the rules of the game or activity and shows self-control by accepting a controversial decision.


Resolves conflict with a sensitivity to the rights and feelings of others.


Through verbal and nonverbal behavior, demonstrates cooperation with peers of different gender, race, and ability in a physical activity setting.

Activity Appreciation


Recognizes physical activity as a positive opportunity for social and group interaction.


Appreciates the creative aspects of skilled performance in others and self.


Respects the physical and performance limitations of self and others.


Analyzes selected physical experiences for social, emotional, and health benefits.