Middle Grades Curriculum (2014-15)

Physical Education at Lake Harriet Community School

Upper Campus


Middle Grades 6, 7, 8



Our mission is to enhance the healthy development of the whole child.  We exist to educate and support all students in gaining the skills, knowledge, & social confidence to make healthy decisions throughout their lives.--MPS Physical Education & Health Dept.


     Definition of a Physically Educated Person (NASPE)

·        Has skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities.

·        Is physically fit.

·        Participates regularly in physical activity.

·        Knows the implications of and the benefits from involvement in physical activities.

  • Values physical activity and its contribution to a healthful lifestyle.


I would like to welcome all of our students to what I hope is another great year at Lake Harriet. Physical education is an important component in the lives of all students. Because of this, the Physical Education DePartment will work extremely hard to provide each and every student a well-rounded program. Here at Lake Harriet the students will have P.E. once a week. This year a number of students will have an extra Advanced Physical Education class once a week. The physical education teacher the students will be seeing is Jon DePerry.


This is my 14th year as the physical education instructor at Lake Harriet, and my twenty forth in the Minneapolis Public School System. To go along with my duties as physical education teacher, I am also the school's athletic director.


Students at Lake Harriet have the opportunity to become a physically educated person in many different ways.  Students are expected to be active in PE throughout the year, in a multitude of units.  Opportunity for participation in after school athletics is also available at Lake Harriet for grades 6, 7 and 8.


Activities included throughout the year to assist students in meeting standards include Team, Individual and Dual Activities, Fitness Activities and Rhythm and Dance.  Examples of specific activities at the middle grade level would include Team Building and Cooperative activities, Badminton, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Disc Golf, Cross Country Skiing, Pickleball, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Fitness Training, Jump Ropes, Dance and Bowling.  Students have the opportunity to build, refine and develop physical skills familiar to them and are also given the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of activities that may be new to them.


Minneapolis Public Schools Physical Education Content Standards were developed using the state and national standards.  A few examples of grade level expectations for grades 6 through 8 are listed under each standard.  Additional grade level expectations may be obtained through the MPS website and/or your child’s teacher.



Students explore, develop, combine and refine body and spatial awareness, motor patterns, manipulation of objects, and rhythmical movements through a wide variety of physical activities.


Sixth Grade:

  • 1.1d Control body while manipulating a variety of objects.
  • 1.2f  Throw and catch accurately in a variety of lead up games

Seventh Grade:

  • 1.2f  Use a racket to strike a ball forcefully, then with spin, using the forehand stroke
  • 1.3b  Demonstrate dance using contemporary music

Eighth Grade:

  • 1.1c  Move to open areas on offense and defense
  • 1.2f  Overhead volley a ball continuously to a partner over a net 


Students apply movement principles in developing efficient movement skills and demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures, rules, strategies, etiquette, history, origin and cultural perspectives in a variety of activities.

Sixth Grade:

  • 2.1d  Perform stretching exercises using safe practices and correct procedures

Seventh Grade:

  • 2.1d  Know the difference between muscular endurance and strength

Eighth Grade:

  • 2.2e  Model and encourage others to apply appropriate etiquette in physical activity settings 


Students understand the relationship of physical activity to fitness and health and achieve and maintain a health enhancing level of fitness.

Sixth Grade:

  • 3.1e  Count pulse rate and calculate heart rate at rest and during physical activity

Seventh Grade:

  • 3.1l  Define frequency, intensity and duration as it related to improving fitness

Eighth Grade:

  • 3.2b  Determine the benefits of a warm up and cool down 


Students demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior in a physical setting by developing self-control, cooperative skills, appropriate sports-related behavior, respect for individual differences and regard for safety.

Sixth Grade:

  • 4.1a  Remain on task while participating in a group or team activity

Seventh Grade:

  • 4.2d  Participate in problem solving activities (team building, cooperative activities, initiatives)

Eighth Grade:

  • 4.3b  Move safely without direct teacher intervention
  • 4.4b  Accept and encourage all ability levels


Students appreciate the benefits of play and develop values, attitudes and behaviors that encourage a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Sixth Grade:

  • 5.2d    Perform at the highest level and encourage others to do so

Seventh Grade:

  • 5.1c  Choose to exercise at home for personal enjoyment and benefit.

Eighth Grade:

  • 5.1d  Develop an awareness of the benefits of physical activity




Assessment in physical education covers all three domains of learning (psychomotor, cognitive and affective) and uses a variety of assessment techniques which may include: skills tests, written tests, journals, check lists, portfolios, videotape analyses, reports, self, peer or teacher observations, fitness appraisals, discussions, group projects and demonstrations.


Letter grades in Physical Education are based upon the following:

50% Participation/Conduct

25% Skill & Fitness

25% Knowledge


* For an injured student, a written report may be asked for an alternative grade for a missed unit.



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