Visuals for #PhysEd

ThePhysicalEducator.com is proud to share these free visual resources for your teaching! These visuals were created to aid students in their learning journeys by helping them better understand the concepts and skills explored in physical education.

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Fitness – Borg RPE

This visual was created for my grade 6 fitness unit in which students explored concepts related to heart rate and its relationship to aerobic fitness. Using the chart, students would create activity plans to improve their cardiorespiratory endurance. I would also have the students check their heart rate throughout our fitness actvities and refer to the chart to make sure they were working within the proper heart rate zone.


Fitness – F.I.T.T.

This poster was also created for my grade 6 fitness unit to help students create activity plans that targeted specific fitness components. We would start the unit off by having students perform fitness tests for each of the components. Students would then analyze their results, determine areas needing improvement and create action plans to improve in those selected areas. Introducing the F.I.T.T. principle at this stage really helped students design effective fitness action plans!

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Movement Concepts – Actions

This set of movement concepts cards were created specifically to help ALL of my elementary physical education students master outcomes within the tenth expectation of standard one: curling or stretching; twisting and bending. Be it to help kindergarten students constrast the actions of curling an stretching, or grade five students perform curling, twisting and stretching actions with correct application in dance, gymnastics and small-sided practice tasks/games environments… these cards have come in handy!

Movement Concepts – Levels

I created these cards to help my grade two students explore levels during our balance unit. I printed out and laminated a few sets of the cards and had them placed throughout the gym in our cone holders. Students moved from cone to cone and came up with creative balances at each station, respecting the level indicated on the card at that station. The grade two students also used these cards when working on differentiating between jogging and sprinting. We applied the concept of levels to our running skill (i.e. low level = jogging, medium level = running, high level = sprinting).

Movement Concepts – Pathways

I created these movement concept cards to help students recognize and apply pathways to their movements. These cards saw the most use when my students were working on combinations of locomotor skills into dance and gymnastics sequences. I also used these when exploring the concept of pathways with my kindergarten students.

Movement Concepts – Relationships

I created these movement concept cards to help my grade one students creatively explore different ways of travelling while demonstrating different relationships with objects. Just like the other movement concept cards I’ve created, I printed out and laminated these and used cone holders to display them in different areas in class to create stations. We also took these cards outside in our wooded playground to allow students to be active in different environments!

Movement Concepts – Shapes

These movement concepts cards were used throughout a number of balance, gymnastics and dance units within my curriculum. Kindergarten and grade one used these for inspiration when exploring shapes and bases of support. Grades two and three used them as when creating their dance and gymnastics sequences. The cards are sometimes used in cone holders to create stations. At other times, I have them on the board along with the other movement concepts as reminders/support tools.

Bathroom Keys

Bathroom Keys

In my gym, there are three bathroom “keys” (which are rubber animal keychains on lanyards). There is a girls’ key, a boys’ key and an emergency key. When students need to use the washroom or get some water during class, they can take their bathroom key and go. If a students goes to take their bathroom key but it is already out, they know they need to wait for the key to be returned before they go. If ever they *really* need to go and their key is not there, they may take the emergency key. Just like every other classroom routine and procedure, this took some time to set up and practice. That said, I now spend much less time managing bathroom trips in my lessons and more time focused on helping students learn!


Conflict Corner

This is an idea by Ben Landers that I loved so much I had to remix it for my gym! The Conflict Corner is conflict resolution guide for students. When students find themselves in a conflict with others in class, they can make their way to the Conflict Corner and work on finding a solution together. The visual has become a part of my classroom procedures: when students cannot find a quick solution to their problem (e.g. rock-paper-scissors), they make their way to the Conflict Corner. It took some time to get the habit formed in all of my classes, but it has had an awesome impact on my behaviour management in physical education! We also use the poster outside at recess for situations that arise there. Thanks Ben!


Jump Rope Ladder

This jump rope ladder is something I create when working on Standard One with my grade three students. Having the ladder up in the gym reminded students of the different skills they could be working on and provided them with a fun opportunity for self-directed challenge. As we learned the different skills (starting at the bottom of the ladder and moving up), students got to provide descriptions of what mastery for each skill looks like I laminated the poster and would write in their answers right onto the document itself. Be sure to check out the complement resource to the Jump Rope Ladder: The QR Jump Rope Skill Cards!

What/Why/How Graphics

Thanks to inspiration from my friend Terri Drain, I now start each of my lessons going over the “What, Why, How” of the day. As a class, we look over the content we will be exploring in that lesson (“WHAT are we learning today”), how it links back to the development of our physical literacy (“WHY are we learning it”) and what success criteria we should set for ourselves (“How will we know we have learned it”). This process helps give purpose and meaning to each and every lesson and contributes to developing a culture of learning in my physical education classes.

Adventure Pyramid

Adventure Pyramid

The Adventure Pyramid is what I use to explain the “why” of my physical education program to my students. I let my students know that I want them to get the most out of life, to live as many adventures of possible. Through discussion, we come to realize that the foundation of all adventures is health and that, what links the two together, is physical literacy. Learn more about the Adventure Pyramid in this blog post

#PhysEd Learning Roadmaps

Learning Roadmaps Template

In my #physed classes, I call to my rubrics Learning Roadmaps. They’re colourful visual resources that I create for each unit I teach. Each roadmap is design to help students understand what mastery looks like for each outcome we focus on as well as the journey it might take to get there. You can learn more about how I use these this blog post. This download includes blank roadmaps you can use to create awesome rubrics for your teaching (up to four outcomes per unit)!

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Plickers Assessment Magnets

Plickers Assessment Magnets allow you to quickly log your students progress when using the Assessment Magnets and Learning Roadmaps in your teaching. This download includes a set of 63 Plickers Assessment Magnets graphics as well as four Learning Roadmap Level graphics that you can use in your teaching! Learn more about Plickers Assessment Magnets and the origin behind the idea in this blog post!

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Skill-Related Components of Fitness Poster

In order to help my students identify and distinguish the different skill-related components of fitness, I created this poster which lists each component and provides a visual icon to help students better understand it. This is especially helpful for my younger students and the English Language Learners in my classes! This poster is complemented by the Fitness Components Concept Cards.

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Health-Related Components of Fitness Poster

In order to help my students identify and distinguish the different health-related components of fitness, I created this poster which lists each component and provides a visual icon to help students better understand it. This is especially helpful for my younger students and the English Language Learners in my classes! This poster is complemented by the Fitness Components Concept Cards.