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Physical Education 3,4 (5701, 5702)


Grade Range:
 Physical Education 1,2 or equivalent
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Physical Education
Course Description:
 High School Course 2

This course is intended to help students in grades 10 through 12 meet or exceed high school physical education content standards 1–3 and the corresponding performance standards for Course 2, 1.1–3.9.

All high school students must receive instruction in, and be assessed in, the following eight content areas: (1) effects of physical activity upon dynamic health; (2) mechanics of body movement; (3) aquatics; (4) gymnastics and tumbling; (5) individual and dual sports; (6) rhythms and dance; (7) team sports; and (8) combatives/self-defense.

Movement Focus
  • Demonstrate proficiency in combative, gymnastic/tumbling and team activities; explain and apply the six skill-related components of fitness; explain and apply advanced offense, defense, and transition strategies; explain, apply and evaluate the biomechanical principles of leverage, force, inertia, rotary motion, opposition, and buoyancy; evaluate the interrelationships of factors (physical, emotional, and cognitive) that affect performance; analyze and evaluate information received to improve performance; analyze and explain the impact of conditioning practices; create or modify a practice/training plan based on evaluative feedback; analyze and assess performance improvement strategies; evaluate independent learning of movement skills.
Fitness Focus
  • Participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity four times per week; apply the principles of exercise to challenging physical activities; identify and achieve levels of excellence in physical fitness beyond the state fitness standards; assess fitness levels and adjust to accommodate changes in age, growth, and development; develop and describe a fitness plan to enhance personal health; develop and implement an appropriate personal fitness program for another person; explain how to evaluate consumer fitness products; identify and evaluate ergogenic aids; evaluate the availability and quality of community fitness resources; use and analyze scientifically based data to self assess the five components of health-related fitness.
Social Focus
  • Self-responsibility: participate in activities for enjoyment; examine and explain the ways in which personal characteristics, performance styles and preferences for activities may change over a lifetime; evaluate psychological benefits derived from regular physical activity; explain and analyze the role of attitude, motivation and determination in achieving personal satisfaction from challenging physical activities; evaluate and refine personal goals to improve performance in physical activity.
  • Social interaction: identify the effects of individual differences, such as gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and culture, on preferences for and participation in physical activity; explain how to select and modify an activity for a child, elderly person, or individual with special needs.
  • Group dynamics: identify leadership skills, perform planned leadership assignments, and assume spontaneous leadership roles; encourage, support and include individuals of all abilities.
Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, California Department of Education, 2005.
Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, California Department of Education, 2009.
FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Test Administration Manual, 4th ed., Cooper Institute, 2007.
2012–13 SDUSD Physical Education Course 2 Syllabus.