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Middle School 6th Grade PE 6.1

6-8 Curriculum Documents
This document link provides the entire curriculum guide for Middle School.

Grade 6

Students will perform basic skills and tactics that are developmentally appropriate in at least one activity from the following categories of sport: invasion games, net/wall games, fielding/run-scoring games, and/or target games. Students will successfully participate in sport demonstrating skills of the game and applying the tactics, knowledge and concepts of the game. In addition, all students are required to take 6th grade PE and will participate in the Ohio Department of Education Physical Education Evaluation. Length of course can be completed by having students attend one period per day for a 9 week course up to everyday for the entire school year.

Click on this above link "ODE Evaluation Rubric Tool" the ODE 6-8 Grade Band evaluation rubric that should be implemented in PE 6.1 This should be a guide for teachers to follow when implementing middle school PE curriculum.
This above link will lead PE teachers to the ODE PE assessment data sheets for teachers that have more than 150 students. Place all classes on one sheet leaving one line between each class.
Teaching Games for Understanding

Teachers who use this approach see their students as active participants (mentally, physically, emotionally) in the process of learning games. As we all know, students and adults alike, learn in a variety of ways and progress at different rates. Knowing that students are always at different stages of understanding, teachers can use the TGfU model to focus in on individual, social and contextual processes.

Thematic Approach For Planning the Year

“Setting up units based on game categories rather than specific sport units (e.g. soccer unit, volleyball unit) can be an effective approach to developing games [awareness] across a number of formal games.” (Mandigo & Holt, 2004). TGfU advocates also state that rather than teach the rules, skills, and tactics of one sport, the thematic approach advocates teaching students games through the use of four game categories: target, net/wall, striking/fielding, and territorial/invasion games. This themed approach creates a framework to link the different sports within a category based on shared rules and tactical skills that transfer across similar games (Figure 1). These category specific technical and tactical skills are taught, developed and modified through games using the TGfU approach so that knowledge and understanding is created within each category. These can then be transferred to a less familiar game which the student will be able to participate in because understanding has been transfered (Figure 2).

TGfU Category

Example of games

Main Intent of the game (Primary Rule)

Target Games

bowling, bocce, golf, archery, croquet, curling

To send away an object and make contact with a specific, stationary target in fewer attempts than opponent.

Net/Wall Games

badminton, table-tennis, tennis, handball (court), squash, paddleball, racquetball

To send back to opponent so that they are unable to return it or are forced to make an error. Serving is the only time the object is held.

Striking/Fielding Games

Danish Longball, baseball, softball, cricket, kickball, rounders

To place the ball away from fielders in order to run the bases and score more runs than the opponents.

Territorial/Invasion Games

basketball, soccer, lacrosse, football, netball, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, handball (team), hockey (ice, field, floor)

To invade the opponents defending area and to shoot or to take the object of play into a defined goal area.

Figure 1: Summary of games categories and the main intent of the game (Butler & Hopper, 2011)
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