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Physical Education Resources

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 “Physical education is characterized by a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum (course of study) that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas. Quality physical education programs assist students in achieving the national standards for K-12 physical education. The outcome of a quality physical education program is a physically educated person who has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Qualified, trained teachers teach physical education.” (Centers for Disease Control)

The programs and resources listed below include content to help plan physical education classes aligned with the national standards and North Carolina Essential Standards for Physical Education. These are just a few resources that we have identified, if you know of a great resource that is not included please email the link to

  • SPARK PE: Developed over 20 years ago by the National Institutes of Health, SPARK PE is the most researched and field-tested Physical Education program. The program includes lesson plans and resources aligned with grade-level specific standards. There are some free lessons available on the site. One, two, and three year memberships to access the full program can be purchased from the site.
  • Society of Health and Physical Educator’s Teacher’s Toolbox: The Teacher’s Toolbox includes resources for professional development, activity calendars, partner programs, national and state standards, and platforms to share activities and connect with other physical education teachers.
  • Fuel Up to Play 60: Includes resources for physical education instruction as well as programs to increase school wide physical activity.