Movement Concept Cards

Help your students explore and apply different movement concepts in physical education class with this set of 19 free Movement Concept Cards!

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The Movement Concept Cards were designed to help your students discover and understand different movement concepts from SHAPE America’s National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education!

The set includes over 19 printable cards which are divided into five separate categories:

The Relationships Movement Concept Cards help your students make sense of how to move in relationship to objects. Students can learn more about moving over, under, around, and through objects with the help of fun graphics, definitions, and examples for each!

The Levels Movement Concept Cards help your students better understand how low, medium, and high levels can affect movement in different ways. Each colourful card has a graphic representing its level as well as information on what that level can look like when applied to speed, force, and effort.

The Shapes Movement Concept Cards provide your students with visuals that will help them better understand how to create and hold various body shapes such as wide, narrow, curly, and twisted. Each card provides a brief description of the shape as well as an easy-to-remember cue to help students quickly remember how to create different shapes with their bodies!

The Actions Movement Concept Cards feature the P.E. Puppet People performing actions such as bending, curling, twisting, and stretching. Each card provides a definition of its action as well as an example of how that action word may be used in a physical activity setting.

Finally, the Pathways Movement Concept Cards showcase different pathway trajectories that can be applied in movement settings. The cards feature the P.E. Puppet People travelling along straight, curved, zigzag, and circular pathways in fun ways. Each card also includes a definition of the pathway on display as well as an example of the word being used in a physical activity setting.

The Movement Concept Cards download includes each of the 19 cards in two different formats:

  1. A 10-page letter-sized, printable PDF containing all 19 cards that you can print and use in your teaching.
  2. 19 PNG image files (one for each card) so that you can easily include them in your distance learning resources.

These Movement Concept Cards have been a big part of my physical education teaching over the past years and have helped my students master the following SHAPE America Grade-Level Outcomes:

Standard One:

  • Balances on different bases of support, combining levels and shapes. (S1.E7.2a)
  • Forms wide, narrow, curled, and twisted body shapes. (S1.E7.Kb)
  • Maintains stillness on different bases of support with different body shapes. (S1.E7.1)
  • Balances on different bases of support on apparatus, demonstrating levels and shapes. (S1.E7.4)
  • Contrasts the actions of curling and stretching. (S1.E10.K)
  • Demonstrates twisting, curling, bending, and stretching actions. (S1.E10.1)
  • Differentiates among twisting, curling, bending, and stretching actions. (S1.E10.2)
  • Moves into and out of gymnastics balances with curling, twisting and stretching actions. (S1.E10.3)
  • Moves into and out of balances on apparatus with curling, twisting and stretching actions. (S1.E10.4)
  • Performs curling, twisting and stretching actions with correct application in dance, gymnastics and small-sided practice tasks/games environments. (S1.E10.5)
  • Combines locomotor skills and movement concepts (levels, shapes, extensions, pathways, force, time, flow) to create and perform a dance. (S1.E11.3)
  • Combines locomotor and movement concepts (levels, shapes, extensions, pathways, force, time, flow) to create and perform a dance with a partner. (S1.E11.4)
  • Combines locomotor skills and movement concepts (levels, shapes, extensions, pathways, force, time, flow) to create and perform a dance with a group. (S1.E11.5)

Standard Two:

  • Travels demonstrating low, middle, and high levels. (S2.E2.1a)
  • Combines shapes, levels and pathways into simple travel, dance and gymnastics sequences. (S2.E2.2)
  • Combines movement concepts (direction, levels, force, time) with skills as directed by the teacher. (S2.E3.3)
  • Analyzes movement situations and applies movement concepts (e.g., force, direction, speed, pathways, extensions) in small-sided practice task/game environments, dance and gymnastics. (S2.E3.5c)
  • Travels in three different pathways. (S2.E2.K)
  • Travels demonstrating a variety of relationships with objects (e.g. over, under, around, through). (S2.E2.1b)

I’ve made these Movement Concept Cards free for you to use in your teaching! I hope that they help your students learn and make your life easier! Thank you for always support ThePhysicalEducator.com!

Happy Teaching!