4th Grade Benchmarks
Essential Standard: Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Clarifying Objectives (SCOS)
Benchmarks / Skills
Execute combinations of more complex locomotor skills and manipulative skills in various physical activity settings
Combine a minimum of 2 locomotor skills with a minimum of 2 manipulative skills.
Locomotor Skills jump, hop, skip, leap, walk, gallop, slide, run/jog
Manipulative Skills catching, throwing, dribbling, striking, kicking
  • Direct instruction (walk and dribble soccer ball and kick into goal)
  • Visual and verbal instructions
  • Peer and teacher demonstrations
  • Continuous feedback while students are in motion
Create movement skill sequences commonly associated with various sports and activities
Create a sequence using two or more locomotor and manipulative skills in various individual and group physical activities.
Locomotor Skills jump, hop, skip, leap, walk, gallop, slide, run/jog
Manipulative Skills catching, throwing, dribbling, striking, kicking
  • Visual and verbal instruction
  • Teacher and peer demonstrations
  • Direct instruction of sequence (I.e. sideslide backward, strike tennis ball and run back to center court)
  • Various balls for activities
  • Various striking implements
  • Partner, individual and station work for constant practice.
Implement changes in speed during straight, curved and zigzag pathways to open and close space using locomotor and manipulative skills
With-in small game settings/drills, move in specific pathways to open and closed spaces.
Locomotor Skills jump, hop, skip, leap, walk, gallop, slide, run/jog
Pathways zig-zag, diagonal, curved, straight, direction
Offense, Defense, Movement off the ball
  • Direct instruction (jog and dribble in a zig zag pathway around defenders (people or cones) to an empty space.
  • Verbal and visual cues
  • Peer and teacher demonstration
  • Partner and group work for continuous practice
  • Peer feedback
  • Keep students active at all times.
Identify tempo in slow and fast rhythms
Construct an original rhythmic sequence using a slow/fast 4 or 8 count tempo incorporating a minimum of 4 elements.
Pattern, flow, rhythm, beat/count, tempo, transitions, slow, fast, creative
  • Direct instruction of patterns.
  • Student generated writing journals of original dances, jump rope routines to help remember routine/pattern
  • Reteach or introduce how to count out 4/8 counts
  • Individual, partner or small group work to build cooperation
  • Coordinate with music teacher
  • ”Show off” their routine for rest of class.

4th Grade
Essential Standard: Understand concepts, principles, strategies and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement.
Clarifying Objectives (SCOS)
Benchmarks / Skills
Apply basic concepts of movement to improve individual performance
Apply basic movement concepts to improve individual performance in a personal space
Spatial awareness, improvement, bunching, open space
  • Asking questions related to force, effort and space
Apply elements of form or motor development principles to help others improve their performance
Examine each other’s skills in a partner situation to appropriately help their classmates.
Assessment, rubric, feedback

Evaluate skills in a game situation using a rubric based on critical concepts
Form a small group and analyze each other’s skills and explain to them how to help them improve.
Assessment, rubric, feedback
  • In a group of students one person is “coaching” while others are active and rotates back in so everyone gets a turn to play and coach.
Classify examples of health-related fitness into the 5 components
Classify and exercises and activities into the 5 health related fitness components
Health-Related Fitness Components Cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition

4th Grade
Essential Standard: Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Clarifying Objectives (SCOS)
Benchmarks / Skills
Understand why and how to complete a valid and reliable pre and post health-enhancing fitness assessment, including monitoring of the heart
Complete Fitnessgram pre and post assessments and self-analyze their data. Identify where to find their pulse and record their data.
Fitness Assessments Curl-ups, push ups, trunk lift, sit and reach and pacer
Heart rate, pulse
  • Fitnessgram
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Heart rate log
  • Pedometers
Evaluate oneself in terms of the 5 recommended behaviors for obesity prevention
Identify 5 recommended obesity prevention behaviors. Based on a self-assessment of their activities, compare which are healthy and unhealthy.
Obesity, prevention, assessment
  • Self assessment checklist
  • Healthy/ unhealthy behaviors visuals and posters
  • Student survey
Use physiological indicators to adjust physical activity.
Interpret physiological indicators (pulse, heart rate monitors and pedometers) data in order to modify physical activity accordingly.
Pulse, heart rate monitors, pedometers
  • Activity log
  • Student designed fitness program
  • Heart rate log
  • Heart monitors
  • Pedometers

4th Grade
Essential Standard: Use behavioral strategies that are responsible and enhance respect of self and others and value activity.
Clarifying Objectives (SCOS)
Benchmarks / Skills
Use self-control through structure, expectations, and engagement to demonstrate personal responsibility and respect for self and others.
Put into practice self control strategies, which demonstrate personal responsibility and respect for self and others.
Rule, procedures, self-control, personal responsibility, respect

Use cooperation and communication skills to achieve common goals.
Examine and demonstrate key elements of cooperation and communication skills
Cooperation, teamwork, communication

Understand the importance of culture and ethnicity in developing self-awareness and working productively with others.
Compare and contrast various elements of different ethnicities and how they apply with productivity when working with others.
Ethnic, culture, cooperation, teamwork