Fitness and Wellness 7.1 Curriculum

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MS Fitness and Wellness 7.1

  • Fitness and Wellness 7.1

    Grade 7

    Students will perform basic skills that are developmentally appropriate for students in 7th grade in at least one activity from the following categories: (a) invasion games, (b) net/wall games, (c) fielding/run-scoring games, and/or (d) target games. Students will also demonstrate the skills of the activity and apply tactics, knowledge and concepts of the activity. Students will receive the following health education topics inserted throughout this course in the gymnasium and/or classroom setting: (a) the nutritive value of foods, (b) the harmful effects of and legal restrictions against the use of drugs of abuse, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco, (c) venereal disease education, (d) age-appropriate instruction in dating violence prevention education, and (e) prescription opioid abuse prevention. In addition, physical educators will use the Ohio Department of Education Physical Education Evaluation as a guide by implementing the standards, benchmarks and rubrics aligned with the tactical games of understanding approach model. 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.

    Prerequisite: Physical Education 6.1

    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).

    In PlaySport, activities have been grouped into specific categories which represent games and sports which are similar in structure and include aspects of certain sports. For example:


    • Boccia
    • Bowling
    • Golf
    • Culing


    • Badminton
    • Sitting Volleyball
    • Squash
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Wheelchair Tennis


    • Baseball
    • Cricket
    • Softball


    • Basketball
    • Goalball
    • Handball
    • Hockey
    • Lacrosse
    • Soccer
    • Wheelchair Basketball


    • Yoga
    • Gymnastics
    • Athletics



Additional Health Resources


    Middle School Team Nutrition Curriculum

    MS Team Nutrition Lessons
    Team Nutrition website from the Center for Disease control is a collection of classroom curriculum materials that helps MS teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health.

    Healthier Middle Schools Team Nutrition
    Everyone Can Help is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts.

    Opioid Abuse Prevention

    New FREE Opioid Abuse Lesson Plans
    These are great easy to understand and implement for your classes.

    Opioid Abuse Prevention
    This weblink will lead you to items that are recommendations from the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team of information that should be included to meet the health instruction requirement focused on “Prescription opioid abuse prevention."

    Dating Violence Prevention

    Dating Violence Prevention
    This weblink will guide you to the safer schools Ohio website where health education teachers and schools can find curriculum resources to implement in Middle Schools.

Sample Lessons

TGfU Samples Units