PE 172 - Syllabus
PE 172 Syllabus
California State University, Sacramento
Department of Health and Physical Education
College of Health and Human Services

Fall 1999











Movement Education

Overview of the total elementary physical education curriculum.   The course is designed specifically for the perspective elementary school classroom teacher. The major focus will be placed on movement education, educational gymnastics, gymnastics, rhythms, perceptual motor activities, games and the correlation of classroom subjects to physical education.

Course Objectives - The student will be able to:
  • Analyze the developmental level of children and provide developmental activities that appropriate for the elementary school child.
  • Analyze skill themes and movement concepts as they relate to the growth and development of fundamental movement  patterns of young children.
  •  Develop the ability to analyze movement in terms of the mechanics needed to properly execute fundamental movement patterns needed for development of sport skills.
  • To identify key concepts related to the scientific aspects of physical education to include: exercise physiology, Kinesiology and motor learning.
  • Write progressions in learning that reflect a knowledge of movement education, rhythmic activities, gymnastics, games and sports.
  • Develop the ability to integrate movement activities with classroom subject matter.
  • Differentiate between conceptually based curriculum and activity based curriculum and provide a logical progression of activities that can be adapted to either curriculum approach.
  • Develop an appreciation for the importance and meaningfulness of elementary physical education.
  • Develop confidence in themselves and their ability to communicate basic skills and concepts of movement to their peers and to children.
  • Develop and express own creativity through movement experiences and written projects.
  • Identify and modify or eliminate activities in various learning environments that perpetuate sexual stereotyping.
  • Utilize technology as a resource in development of curriculum in physical education.


 The various assignments (required and selected) for PE 172 include both practical and written experiences.  These experiences are designed to help give you a better feeling and understanding for the subject matter.  Any assignment turned in late will be marked down a grade per day. All assignments except for observations must be typewritten.  Spelling, neatness and presentation are important and will count in the grading process.

Required Experiences

A.  Final Project - 15 points

The final project will require you to develop a series of learning progressions (unit plan) over a period of twenty days.  Four detailed lesson plans, one from each week will be required for this assignment. This project must include a logical order of teaching progressions (scope and sequence) for a year period.  All portions of this project must be typed.

B.   Research Project - 10 points

For this project you will review the current research literature for a particular area in physical education.  A one page summary and analysis of the research article should include information concerning  subjects, methods, conclusions, and future implications.  A short presentation will be required.  Reference must be provided in APA format.  Abstracts provided in research are unacceptable as part of this project. Copies of the articles are required and should be attached to the summary when submitted. Topics will be assigned.

C. Quizzes - 10 points

There will be six quizzes given throughout the semester at the BEGINNING of class. Late students will not be given extra time to fill- in a quiz. Quizzes will not be made up if missed for that day.  You will be allowed to drop the lowest grade quiz and use the top five scores.  Each quiz is worth 2 points and is only on the required reading assignment for that day. Quizzes are pre-scheduled.

 D.  Exams - 15 points each

Two exams will be given during the semester.  The  second exam will not be comprehensive as it will cover only material from the date of the first exam to the date of the second exam.  You must take the exam when scheduled.  No make up exam will be given.

E.   Participation - 5 points

Participation is required in all activities unless a written doctor's excuse is presented preventing participation in an activity.  This is a class which requires physical activity and students should come dressed to participate.  A point will be deducted each time that a non participation occurs. Disruptive behavior, particularly in lab will be considered non-participation.

Selected Experiences

A.  Peer Teach - 10 points

For this experience, you will be responsible for designing a 20 minute progression for elementary physical education and teaching it to the class.   A typed lesson plan must be turned in prior to the peer teach. 

B.  Professional Growth - 5 -15 points

This assignment involves attending and participating at local and state workshops designed specifically for elementary physical education activities.   A short reaction paper should be turned in with in one week of attendance of the workshop.  The reaction paper should be typed.  A summary or outline of the activities should be included. Five points are possible for every 2 hours of professional growth up to 15 points.

C.   Homemade Equipment - 10 points

Equipment assignments will range from making one large piece of equipment (i.e., balance beam) to making several (at least six) small pieces of inexpensive equipment (i.e., yarn balls, bleach bottle scoops, etc.).  Evaluations will be made on quality, durability and safety of equipment. Evaluation will also be made on written and oral presentations made to the class.   Presentations should include dimensions or specification of equipment; time to make equipment, cost of supplies, unit costs and where the supplies can be obtained.  Copies of the write up are to be supplied to each class member.

D.  Observations of a P.E. Specialist - 5 - 10 points

This assignment involves two to four hours of observations of a P. E. specialist teaching in an elementary school.  Observation forms will be handed out for this assignment.  Observations must be completed and the forms turned in by the week prior to finals week.  This is the only assignment that does not need to be typed.

E.   Special Project and Presentation - 5 - 10 points

This project is something you would like to do that is not listed in the selected experiences.  Examples of such projects might be, extra written reports, creating poems, or putting on a slide show to music. To receive ten points this assignment would have to show considerable work. The three requirements in doing a special project are:

  1. it must focus on elementary physical education

  2. it must be presented to the class on a designated date

  3. it must be discussed and approved by me before the start of the forth week of classes.




Due Date

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Grades and Grading Policy

A.  Required:  70 points


1. Written Project 15
2. Research Project 10
3. Quizzes 10
4. Exam I 15
5. Exam II 15
6. Participation 5

Any student who is deemed by the instructor to be involved in academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism) shall receive a grade of an F on the Assignment, quiz or exam and shall receive an F grade for the course. 

B.  Selected:  5 - 15 points (30 maximum)


1. Peer Teach 10
2. Professional Growth & Write Up 5 - 15
3. Homemade Equipment & Write Up 10
4. Observations of a PE Specialist 5 - 10
5. Special Project & Presentation 5 - 10

 C.  Attendance is mandatory.  For every unexcused absence over three, five points will be deducted from your grade.  Every two tardies (or incomplete classes) will be considered equal to one absence.

Enter your course grading information in the table below.

A Outstanding achievement; you might want to link to an "A" paper or project minimum points or percentage
B Excellent performance; clearly exceeds course requirements minimum points or percentage
C Average minimum points or percentage
D Passed, but not at average achievement standards minimum points or percentage
F Failure to meet class requirement minimum points or percentage
  Incompletes: Enter information on the department's policy for issuing incompletes.

Technology Requirements


Students will need an electronic mail account and computer access to the Web. All CSUS students enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink account for electronic mail and Internet services. Although a home computer with a high speed modem running Netscape or Internet Explorer would be beneficial, students can use the Web from one of the campus student labs.

Computing Recommendations

You should be comfortable using a computer and willing to browse the Web. This class requires online class participation on the Web assignments and electronic discussions.

You need:

  • Macintosh compatible with System 8 or higher or Windows compatible Pentium running Windows 95/98 or Windows NT.
  • 32MB of RAM, preferably 64MB
  • 28.8K or faster modem - preferably 56K
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape 4.0 (or higher)
  • SacLink or other Internet Account
  • Word processing skills

    Students need an electronic mail account and computer access to the Web. All CSUS students enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink account for electronic mail and Internet services. Although a home computer with a high speed modem running Netscape or Internet Explorer would be beneficial, students can use the Web from one of the campus student labs.


 Required: The text for the course this semester is:

     Graham, G. et. al. (1998).  Children moving: A reflective approach to teaching physical education (fourth edition). Palo Alto: Mayfield Publishing Company.        

  Recommended: The texts recommended for the course this semester are:

     Holt/Hale, S. A. (1998).  On the Move: Lesson Plans to Accompany Children Moving (fourth edition). Palo Alto: Mayfield Publishing Company.  

     Pangrazzi, R. P. (1998).  Dynamic physical education for elementary school children. 12th ed.  Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon Publishing Company.

     Nichols, B.  (1994).  Moving and learning (third edition). St. Louis, Missouri: C. V. Mosby Company.


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California State University, Sacramento
Department of Health and Physical Education
College of Health and Human Services

Updated: December 4, 1999