Physical Education


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    Colorado Academic Standards

    Comprehensive Health and Physical Education


    The Colorado Academic Standards in comprehensive health and physical education are the topical organization of the concepts and skills every Colorado student should know and be able to do throughout their preschool through twelfth-grade experience.

     1.    Movement Competence and Understanding (Physical Education)

    Includes motor skills and movement patterns that teach skill and accuracy in a variety of routines, games, and activities that combine skills with movement; demonstrates the connection between body and brain function; and creates patterns for lifelong physical activity.

     2.    Physical and Personal Wellness (Shared Standard)

    Includes physical activity, healthy eating, and sexual health and teaches lifelong habits and patterns for a fit, healthy, and optimal childhood and adulthood; examines society, media, family, and peer influence on wellness choices; practices decision-making and communication skills for personal responsibility for wellness; and identifies the consequences of physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, and early sexual activity. Includes health promotion and disease prevention, and teaches responsibility and skills for personal health habits as well as behavior and disease prevention; sets personal goals for optimal health; examines common chronic and infectious diseases and causes; and recognizes the physical, mental, and social dimensions of personal health.

     3.    Emotional and Social Wellness (Shared Standard)

    Includes mental, emotional, and social health skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, handle challenging situations constructively, resolve conflicts respectfully, manage stress, and make ethical and safe choices; examines internal and external influences on mental and social health; and identifies common mental and emotional health problems and their effect on physical health.

     4.    Prevention and Risk Management (Shared Standard)

    Includes alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention; violence prevention; and safety; teaches skills to increase safe physical and social behavior in at home, in school, in the community, and in personal relationships; provides specific knowledge on avoidance of intentional and unintentional injuries; and practices decision-making and communication skills to avoid drug use, bullying, and dating violence.

     The standards are organized in the following manner:

     Physical Education Standards

    1.    Movement Competence and Understanding

    2.    Physical and Personal Wellness

    3.    Emotional and Social Wellness

    4.    Prevention and Risk Management

    Comprehensive Health Education Standards

    2.    Physical and Personal Wellness

    3.    Emotional and Social Wellness

    4.    Prevention and Risk Management