Elementary Physical Education Grade 3

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
athletic legs in sneakers at sunset during outdoor jogging at sunset.

The Elementary PE course helps students develop healthy habits and skills through various activities. It builds on what they have learned in previous grades and provides age-appropriate activities. Students learn how to throw, catch, kick, dance, swim, and do basic gymnastics. They also learn about eating a healthy diet, teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of 60 minutes of daily activity. Setting goals and working towards them helps students improve their skills. The course focuses on getting fit and staying safe while having fun. Games like Guess That Sketch and activities like Heart Beat the Clock keep students engaged for 60 minutes each 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.

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.


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.