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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What was School Like 100 Years Ago?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Focussing on the Edwardian Era culture, learners view photographs of students at school in the past and compare and contrast them to their school now. Learners describe the differences in dress, classrooms, and classes.  This could start...
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CSET Test

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
The California Subject Examination for Teachers or CSET is a must pass if you want to teach in California. Prepare young career-minded learners or paraprofessionals with an overview of the exam, five multiple choice questions, and a...
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Bleacher Dance - Adding to School Spirit

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Looking for some moves to do in the bleachers while at a school sports event? This lesson teaches two sets of 32-counts. The moves can basically be done while standing up in the bleachers!. The amount of movement will be determined by...
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Warm-up and Cool-down Activities

For Teachers K - 5th
What fun! Try out some of these PE warm-up and cool-down activities with your youngsters. Find several ideas written out along with tips to designing an effective warm-up or cool-down with elementary schoolers. 
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Gender and Sport

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, and Danica Patrick are living proof that women enjoy sports just as much as men. Sports enthusiasts read about the importance of gender equality on the playing field. They discover barriers to participation and...
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Technical Writing: Real-World Writing in the 21st Century

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Wondering how to respond to the age-old question when will I ever use this? The answer is very simple when discussing technical writing. Teachers and administrators gain an understanding of using technical writing in the classroom....
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Exercise Your Way to New Math Skills!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students work as a class to analyze data.
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Career Exploration Using HyperStudio

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders conduct research on various careers that are of interest to them. They conduct Internet research on a selected career choice, and create a nine card stack using HyperStudio to describe their career's salary, required...
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Wildflower Beautification Project

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners, in cooperative groups, design and create a wildflower garden for the community. They write letters to property owners requesting use of their land and then write invitations to their parents and to local, state, and federal...
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The Circulatory System--Part III

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students research the process for the preparation of a soup. Students explore the safety issues of food preparation. Students, after presenting their soups to the class, will eat their soups that they have prepared.
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Welcome to the World of Color Web Quest

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners research a specific color and create either a PowerPoint presentation, color brochure, or a movie about the research they found. Through research, they examine the meaning of color around the world and discover hos to choose a...
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Dental Detectives

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore the theme of dental health and hygeine. They make tooth loss predictions, count lost teeth, and graph tooth loss. In addition, they listen to dental health stories, read online stories, create spreadsheets, and play...
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Habitat is Home

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Young scholars complete a picture to show things found in their homes.  In this habitat instructional activity, students discuss and make a class picture of an animal habitat and its four basic needs.  Young scholars sing a song....
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Is There Room for Everybody?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine the capacity of animals able to live in one habitat. In this habitat lesson, 3rd graders play a game that shows the food chain and the interactions between animals in an area. Students discover that food is a major...
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Middle Distance - Beginners

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Train your middle distance runners! This beginner lesson plan focuses on head position and arm action. Arm form is also important: hands open, slightly cupped, shoulders square with hips, elbows bent at 90 degrees. Use the several...
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Middle Distance - Advanced

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Take it to the next level after teaching the beginner and intermediate level lessons. This middle distance advance lesson focuses on the legs. Developing good leg form and strong leg action will be beneficial in the performance of your...
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Middle Distance - Intermediate

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Teach your middle distance runners how to align their heads with the neck and spine for good form. Teach them about developing a rhythm for running the middle distances. The pace is not quite as fast as a sprint, but certainly faster...
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Starting

For Teachers 2nd - 9th
Teach two different ways to start races in track events. The standing start - weight distributed equally, then one foot forward, lean down, opposite arm, eyes down, then look up with each step. The three-point stance - drop knee, head...
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Roundin' Up the Chariots

For Teachers 3rd
Simulate chariots and driver and practice rounding numbers with your class. In teams of three, they race to the finish line where the teachers asks the chariot driver to round a certain number. They take turns being the driver.
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October: Respect for Self and Others

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students realize their worth and dignity as human beings and account for their strengths as well as display their weaknesses. They display good manners and politeness, showing the respect for others as they would wish for themselves....
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Community Action

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders decide how one uses resources within a particular bioregion.  In this decision making lesson, 5th graders consider the biodiversity and complexity of the ecosystem.  Students select a resource (water, paper, electricity)...
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Smoking Today = Smoking Tomorrow

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Examine statistical data to recognize the relationship of statistics to real-world issues. Pupils navigate e-stat using the Internet and find data about social issues. They complete a worksheet with their data and create an anti-smoking...
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Money Management Part II: Checking Accounts

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Having money is great, learning to manage it wisely is imperative. First, the class has a discussion on the value and convenience of having a checking account. Then, they practice filling out deposit slips, keeping an account register,...
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Insurance Quotes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
You're in high school and you just got the coolest car ever! But, now you need to start thinking about car insurance. Luckily, your teacher prepared you by engaging you in a life skills lesson like this one. The class actually calls...