Intermediate Age Students

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Intermeidate age students start applying motor skills in modified game situations. Modified game situations involve using modified equipment, smaller groups/teams and space/boundaries, as well as, rule and strategy adjustments. An example might be, playing a game of keep it up over a mat with a group of 4 using a light weight, larger volleyball to learn volleyball skills.

The following is a list of skills that are emphasized at the intermediate age level :

Throwing
Rolling
Catching
Dribbling
Kicking
Punting
Volleying
Jumping
Balancing
Dodging
Fleeing
Chasing
Guarding/Marking opponents

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Evading opponents
Striking with rackets (tennis, paddles)
Striking with long handled implements (bats, hockey sticks)
Moving effectively within boundaries/space
Playing with partners, small groups and teams effectively
Moving to rhythmic beats with patterns (dance)
Responding to signals (stop, slow, fast, change directions)
Fitness (warm up, working at a heart enhancing level, cooling down, stretching)

In addition, Physical Education can support and interact with other subject areas to reinforce academic concepts. For example:
-- To reinforce math, students stretch while counting by 4s, 6s, 8s, 9s. . .
-- Students might participate
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in fitness relays in which they collect bones of the body, and then put them together to complete the skeletal system or collect the 50 states and put them together, then label the 50 capitals.
-- When bowling, students may collect “scrabble” letters for strikes and spares. As a culminating activity, they may be asked to use these letters to make as many words as possible.
-- When practicing basketball skills, students may go “around the world” to each basket or activity station labeled with the continents & oceans.
-- To teach about current events, students may participate in physical activities related to a current event “theme.”