Physical Education Teacher Resources

Looking for some creative ways to get your physical education students moving? Check out our teacher-curated resources that are sure to lead to inspiration—and perspiration!

Physical education teachers know that the difference between a successful and unsuccessful game or activity is organization. A straightforward lesson-planning template allows you to plan any lesson with equipment lists, duration, and context of the unit.

If you need to adapt your lesson, check out a resource for making adaptations for learners with special needs. A list of ideas for indoor games is perfect for those unexpected rainy days throughout the year.

Bring some fun to your physical education class with a dinosaur-themed dodgeball game, or an exciting game of mystery tag! Need more ideas? Take a look at a Lesson Planet article on healthy habits in the classroom, or scroll down for some more engaging ideas!

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Confusing Compass

For Teachers K - 6th
This is a very simple PE game that can be performed indoors or outdoors, and will help your learners develop a sense of direction! If playing this game outdoors, identify north, south, east, and west, and consider varying the type of...
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Card War

For Teachers K - 6th
With only a deck of playing cards, you now have the opportunity to add a new game to your repertoire of PE activities! Your class members will be excited to play throughout the activity as they interact with their peers and attempt new...
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Rainy Day Physical Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Don't fret next time a rainy day schedule is announced! Implement any of six physical activities designed for indoor P.E. Pupils walk, crawl, hop, tiptoe, march, dance, or skip their way through lively and developmentally...
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How to Shoot a Basketball

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Is it time to start your basketball unit in your physical education class? Introduce it with this video on how to shoot a basketball. Photos of NBA players and step-by-step instructions are provided.
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How to Set a Volleyball

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Use this video to introduce your physical education students to the basics of volleyball. The student athletes in this video show viewers step-by-step instructions on how to set a volleyball.
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Dance Sequences and Phrases

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A series of lessons about dance would be a great addition to your physical education class. Straightforward as well as creative, it teaches the basic skills of dance movement. A rubric helps guide the dancers to let them know what steps...
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Dancing Levels in Space

For Teachers K - 5th
Students practice mirroring human moves by performing a dance in class.  In this physical education instructional activity, students utilize different spaces around them to perform a dance expressing their full motion.  Students...
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Walking & Running

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Here's a fun collection of activities for helping youngsters develop body awareness, walking and running skills, spatial awareness, fine motor skills, and adaptive physical education skills such as following directions.
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Review of Skills as Sports

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young athletes put together the athletic skills they need to play different sports in the eighth week of this physical education unit. First they work on basic skills like running, jumping, kicking, throwing, and catching. Next, children...
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Field Hunters

For Teachers K - 6th
Warm up a physical education class with a game of Field Hunters. Participants scour a field to collect as many objects as they can in a limited amount of time. 
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The Video Camera Game

For Teachers K - 5th
Implement a fun game at the start of your next physical education class to warm-up the class' bodies. Call out video-editing terms to signal a particular tasks such as walking, running, jumping and more!   
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Forearm Pass/Setting

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Here is a beautifully designed volleyball lesson plan on the forearm pass/bump and overhead pass/set. It includes a detailed multimedia presentation and set of instructional guidelines, skill cues, and lists of strategies for...
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Nine Court Basketball-Physical Education Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
In this lesson, Nine Court Basketball, young scholars experiment with different basketball skills. Students practice guarding, dribbling, passing, and shooting with the basketball. Young scholars gain an understanding of basic...
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PE Word Wall

For Teachers K - 5th
Promote vocabulary, specifically the vocabulary of physical education. Learners of all ages can participate in putting words on the PE word wall. Use your creative imagination and see what you can come up with.
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Ask Me!

For Teachers K - 12th
Help your class share what they have learned in their physical education class using this resource. Learners complete a homework activity in which they perform a skill to help their parents understand what they have been learning in...
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Ball Attack

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students demonstrate how to throw balls. In this physical education lesson, students throw a ball into a barrel. Students work in teams to earn points.
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Shoot the Bacon!

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Delight your young athletes by leading this fun twist on a classic blacktop PE game.
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Appalachia: Physical Fitness

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students plan a family fitness outing. In this physical education lesson, students will research possible physical activities which might be completed by a family during a daily-long outing in the Appalachian area. Students will...
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Crab Soccer and the Navigator

For Teachers 4th - 10th
A typical physical education crab soccer game just for the fun of it. Included are several ideas for accomodations and modifications.
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Self and General Space in Dance

For Teachers K - 5th
Young scholars explore the different themes and strategies of dancing by performing in class.  In this physical education lesson, students practice moving specific joints and muscles as they train to perform a dance.  Young scholars...
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Dance and Math

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders examine human body movements by measuring the choreography of a dance.  In this physical education activity, 2nd graders participate in a creative dance which is based on specific movements of each limb, which students...
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Skill Related Fitness

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Six different types of fitness skills are studied in this physical education lesson plan. Pupils learn about agility, balance, coordination, reaction time, speed, and power. Additionally, a good fitness workout plan is outlined: setting...
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Olympic Mascots - and Mash-Ups

For Students 5th - 8th
The Learning Network has formulated a fill-in the blank worksheet to go along with the New York Times article "Olympic Mascots Inspire Imitations". While the topic is not entirely about physical education, this article could be used for...
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4 Corner Star Drill

For Students 6th - 12th
Enhance practice or introduce a new drill to your volleyball team or physical education class by viewing this instructional video highlighting the 4 Corner Star drill.