3rd Grade Physical Education Standards

Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles,
and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical

Movement Concepts

2.1 Describe how changing speed and changing direction can allow one person to move away
from another.

Manipulative Skills

2.2 Explain and demonstrate the correct hand position when catching a ball above the head,
below the waist, near the middle of the body, and away from the body.
2.3 Explain the difference between throwing to a stationary partner and throwing to a moving
2.4 Identify the key elements for increasing accuracy in rolling a ball and throwing a ball.
2.5 Identify the differences between dribbling a ball (with the hand and the foot, separately)
while moving forward and when changing direction.

Rhythmic Skills

2.6 Define the terms folk dance, line dance, and circle dance.
2.7 Compare and contrast folk dances, line dances, and circle dances.

Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve
health and performance.

Fitness Concepts
3.1 Demonstrate warm-up and cool-down exercises.
3.2 Demonstrate how to lift and carry objects correctly.

Aerobic Capacity
3.3 Participate three to four days each week, for increasing periods of time, in continuous
moderate to vigorous physical activities that require sustained movement of the large muscle
groups to increase breathing and heart rate.

Muscular Strength/Endurance
3.4 Perform increasing numbers of each: abdominal curl-ups, oblique curl-ups on each side,
modified push-ups or traditional push-ups with hands on a bench, forward lunges, side
lunges, and triceps push-ups from a chair.
3.5 Climb a vertical pole or rope.

3.6 Hold for an increasing period of time basic stretches for hips, shoulders, hamstrings,
quadriceps, triceps, biceps, back, and neck.

Body Composition
3.7 Sustain continuous movement for increasing periods of time while participating in
moderate to vigorous physical activity.

3.8 Measure and record improvement in individual fitness activities.

Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts,
principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.

Fitness Concepts
4.1 Identify the body’s normal reactions to moderate to vigorous physical activity.
4.2 List and define the components of physical fitness.
4.3 Explain the purpose of warming up before physical activity and cooling down after
physical activity.
4.4 Recognize that the body will adapt to increased workloads.
4.5 Explain that fluid needs are linked to energy expenditure.
4.6 Discuss the need for oxygen and fuel to be available during ongoing muscle contraction
so that heat and waste products are removed.

Aerobic Capacity
4.7 Describe the relationship between the heart, lungs, muscles, blood, and oxygen during
physical activity.
4.8 Describe and record the changes in heart rate before, during, and after physical activity.

Muscular Strength/Endurance
4.9 Explain that a stronger heart muscle can pump more blood with each beat.
4.10 Identify which muscles are used in performing muscular endurance activities.
4.11 Name and locate the major muscles of the body.
4.12 Describe and demonstrate how to relieve a muscle cramp.
4.13 Describe the role of muscle strength and proper lifting in the prevention of back injuries.

4.14 Identify flexibility exercises that are not safe for the joints and should be avoided.
4.15 Explain why a particular stretch is appropriate preparation for a particular physical

Body Composition
4.16 Differentiate the body’s ability to consume calories and burn fat during periods of inactivity
and during long periods of moderate physical activity.

Students demonstrate and utilize knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.


5.1 Set a personal goal to improve a motor skill and work toward that goal in non-school time.
5.2 Collect data and record progress toward mastery of a motor skill.
5.3 List the benefits of following and the risks of not following safety procedures and rules
associated with physical activity.

Social Interaction
5.4 Use appropriate cues for movement and positive words of encouragement while coaching
others in physical activities.
5.5 Demonstrate respect for individual differences in physical abilities.

Group Dynamics
5.6 Work in pairs or small groups to achieve an agreed-upon goal.

Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Body Management

1.1 Perform simple balance stunts with a partner while sharing a common base of support.
1.2 Change direction quickly to maintain the spacing between two players.
1.3 Change direction quickly to increase the spacing between two players.
1.4 Determine the spacing between offensive and defensive players based on the speed of
the players.

Locomotor Movement
1.5 Jump a self-turned rope.

Manipulative Skills
1.6 Throw and catch an object with a partner while both partners are moving.
1.7 Throw overhand at increasingly smaller targets, using proper follow-through.
1.8 Throw a flying disc for distance, using the backhand movement pattern.
1.9 Catch a fly ball above the head, below the waist, and away from the body.
1.10 Kick a ball to a moving partner, using the inside of the foot.
1.11 Kick a stationary ball from the ground into the air.
1.12 Punt a ball dropped from the hands.
1.13 Strike, with a paddle or racket, a lightweight object that has been tossed by a partner.
1.14 Serve a lightweight ball to a partner, using the underhand movement pattern.
1.15 Strike a gently tossed ball with a bat, using a side orientation.
1.16 Keep a foot-dribbled ball away from a defensive partner.
1.17 Keep a hand-dribbled ball away from a defensive partner.
1.18 Manipulate an object by using a long-handled implement.
1.19 Stop a kicked ball by trapping it with the foot while standing still.
1.20 Volley a tossed lightweight ball, using the forearm pass.