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By GreatSchools Staff
PE isn’t just about sports. Students should also learn to play cooperative games throughout the year. By working with a partner, they can learn to cooperate on a shared goal, and teachers can emphasize the importance of displaying good sportsmanship, win or lose.
“Sportsmanship is such an important quality,” says Kaiser. “Being able to recognize that everyone has something to contribute to a group or team is a sign of maturity and good sportsmanship.”
It’s not uncommon for fifth graders to take fitness tests at school, which are to measure their level of aerobic conditioning, muscle strength, and muscle flexibility. “Fitness tests are a gauge to see where a child [stands]. Children can look at their results and set goals to increase or practice skills in order to improve the next time.”
Beyond exercise, fifth graders start to understand how to integrate healthy habits into their lives. Students should learn to eat well, sleep enough, and manage stress. Teachers often include lessons about diet and nutrition, lessons that help them sustain the physical skills they learn in PE.
Updated July 2010
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