Elementary Physical Education Grade 3

0.5 Credits
18 weeks

The Elementary PE course integrates healthy lifestyle habits and activities to help students be their best. The learning scaffolds on the previous lessons to provide developmentally appropriate activities and builds on skills learned in each grade level. Skill progressions help students learn how to throw, catch, kick, strike, dance, swim, and do some basic gymnastics. Students learn how to eat a healthy diet, develop teamwork and sportsmanship, and strive for 60 minutes of daily activity. They learn to set goals and work to meet those physical goals to keep improving their skills.

Get fit, feel great! In this course, get physical while having fun on the journey to becoming fit and staying safe. Join Maya and Kyle as they learn about healthy bodies, throwing and catching, dancing, and how to do it all while having a blast. Games like Guess That Sketch and activities like Heart Beat the Clock will keep students engaged and active for 60 minutes per day.

Please view the Elementary Parents Guide for Grades 3-5 with guidance on helping your student transition to online learning and thrive at VLACS.


Safety and Movement Skills

I can describe the importance of safety rules for many different physical activities. I can explain the importance of a warm-up routine. I can select locomotor skills in a variety of settings. I can select locomotor skills in a variety of settings. I can explain opportunities to become active each day. I can explain the cues to throw overhand for accuracy and for distance. I can explain the cues to dribble with control in an offensive situation.

Food Labels and the Components of Fitness

I can explain stretches for the major muscle groups. I can describe the role of the heart and lungs. I can categorize activities to impact different aspects of fitness. I can interpret a food label to make healthy choices. I can explain the importance of a cool-down. I can explain fitness tests and the element of fitness being tested.

Sportsmanship and Striking

I can describe cooperation with others while in a physical activity setting. I can explain taking responsibility for my actions in a healthy way. I can describe celebrating my own accomplishments in a healthy way. I can explain lifestyle changes to increase my level of physical activity. I can explain the cues to using body parts to strike an object that travels in the intended direction. I can explain the cues to strike both moving and stationary objects using a long-handled implement.

Movement and Technology

I can describe movement steps to a social dance. I can create a movement routine using locomotor and gymnastics skills. I can select technologies that help reach health goals. I can explain the influences of media and technology on people’s thinking. I can evaluate feedback to improve physical performance. I can predict the improvement practice has on the performance of skills.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

Locomotor movements
Underhand and overhand throwing
Cardiovascular health

Segment Two

Fitness resources
Improving movement

Course Materials

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.