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Physical Education, v1

.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Mr. Gary Enis

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Instructor Information:

Hi, and welcome to this independent study course in Physical Education.

I am a graduate of Delta State University with a M.Ed in PE, Health and Recreation and Ed.S in Administration and Supervision. I currently teach elementary PE in the Tupelo Public School District. My wife Catherine is a teacher and we have 2 boys, Garrett and John Patrick. I enjoy baseball, fishing and traveling.

In this course, you will learn how to get and stay in excellent health for a healthy lifestyle. You will also learn the healthy benefits of physical activity and how to apply them to your daily living. The first thing you should do is read over the course syllabus. Here you'll find how the course is organized as well as information about how you'll be graded. Go through all the material in the "Start Here" menu area, then take the Syllabus and Orientation quiz. Once you pass the quiz with at least 80%, the course materials will become available to you in the Lessons area.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me. My contact information is on the syllabus, and I'll be able to get back to you very quickly. I'm looking forward to an exciting semester of PE.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line (ie, German 1).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description:

Physical Education will help you acquire knowledge about health-related physical fitness and healthy lifestyles (such as regular physical activity and sound nutrition) that lead to physical fitness, health, and wellness. The class also will help you use self-management skills; become a good decision maker and problem solver; and become a good consumer of fitness, health, and wellness.


This UMHS course, Physical Education, offers health and fitness information and is for educational purposes only.

The UMHS strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning this or any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercises. Do not start this fitness program if your health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain, or shortness of breath at any time while exercising, you should stop immediately.

It is your responsibility to evaluate your own medical and physical condition and to independently determine whether to perform, use, or adapt any of the information provided. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a health-care professional.
Developments in medical research may impact the health and fitness advice that appears here. No assurance can be given that the information in this course will always include the most recent findings or developments with respect to the particular material.

Any exercise program may result in injury. If you engage in this exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge UMHS from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, relating to this class.

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Required Textbook:

Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, by Charles Corbin and Guy Le Masurier

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers Publication Date: 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1450497534 ISBN-10: 1450497535

NOTE: you will also need a cell phone or digital camera to take images or videos of you completing some of the exercises. These videos and/or images will have to be uploaded to Blackboard for you to receive credit for your work.

It is your responsibility as a student to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
    1. Demonstrate proficiency in numerous movement forms. Use technology to evaluate a variety of movement forms. Students will participate in activities that allow them to practice, improve, and apply previously learned motor skills.
    2. Use professionally prepared videos and computer programs (i.e., aerobic videos, physical activity instructional videos, fitness testing software) to analyze and assess the improvement of their physical skills.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
    1. Design self-improvement plan to achieve a higher skill level in a movement activity.
    2. Evaluate and document ways to improve their performance or the performance of their team following an activity.
  3. Participate regularly in physical activity.
    1. Recognize the value of participating in vigorous activities over a sustained period of time.
    2. Establish personal physical activity goals based on previous assessments.
    3. Participate in a variety of health-related movement activities, which encourages a lifetime of physical fitness. Select activities that promote a physically active lifestyle by determining the health and fitness benefits of team, dual, individual, and lifetime activities.
    4. Create a plan to maximize success in a variety of activities
    5. Use different methods to monitor the five health-related components of fitness (muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, aerobic fitness, body composition) and identify any correlation in data that would indicate fitness.
  4. Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
    1. Participate in a nationally recognized fitness test to assess personal fitness.
    2. Utilize various resources including technology to enhance personal fitness.
    3. Design and participate in a personal fitness program.
    4. Complete the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
    5. Create a fitness plan that focuses on body composition.
    6. Record the fitness, intensity, time, and type of activity (FITT) that you are engaged in for a specific amount of time.
  5. Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
    1. Recognize and understand the value of cultural diversity in physical activity.
    2. Engage in physical activities that encourage self-motivation and goal setting.
    3. Use health-related fitness testing data to recognize your ability levels and your strengths and weaknesses. Create a list of ideas for short-term goals to improve weak areas.
    4. Identify the effects of age on lifelong physical activity preferences and participation.
  6. Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
    1. Participate in an activity based on personal enjoyment.
    2. Recognize the extensive variety of physical activities, including those that will challenge the traditional notion of physical fitness.
    3. Understand the value and benefits of physical activity which lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Course Outline:

Lesson Reading Assignments Due for Grades Pacing Guide
(to complete the course in a semester)
Start Here  Syllabus and Orientation folder: Once you complete the syllabus and orientation quiz, the rest of the lessons will become available to you. Syllabus and Orientation Quiz, Course pre-test, introduce yourself discussion board Week 1
1 Chapter 1: Fitness, Health, and Wellness for All Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 1
  Physical Fitness Challenge Table Week 1
2 Chapter 2: Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle and Self-Management Skills Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 2
3 Chapter 3: Goal Setting and Program Planning Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 3
4 Chapter 4: Getting Started in Physical Activity Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 4
5 Chapter 5: How Much Is Enough? Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 5
6 Chapter 6: Skill Learning and Injury Prevention Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 6
  Physical Fitness Challenge #2 Table Week 6
7 Chapter 7: Moderate Physical Activity Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 7
8 Chapter 8: Cardiorespiratory Endurance Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 8
9 Chapter 9: Vigorous Physical Activity Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 9
Midterm Exam NOTE: Be sure to complete ALL unfinished assignments before you take this test! Any assignments not completed before the exam is taken may receive a grade of zero. Proctored test to be scheduled and completed before continuing Week 9
10 Chapter 10: Muscle Fitness Basics Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 10
11 Chapter 11: Muscle Fitness Applications Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 11
  Physical Fitness Challenge #3 Table Week 11
12 Chapter 12: Flexibility Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 12
13 Chapter 13: Body Composition Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 13
14 Chapter 14: Physical Activity Program Planning Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 14
15 Chapter 19: Strategies For Active Living Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 15
16 Chapter 20: The Science Of Active Living Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 16
  Physical Fitness Challenge #4 Table Week 16
17 Chapter 21: Lifelong Activity Worksheet, Assignment, Journal, Quiz Week 17
Post-test, Exit Survey The 10-minute Post-test is in the Final Exam folder and must be completed before the final exam will appear. To be completed before scheduling your final exam. Week 18
Final Exam NOTE: Be sure to complete ALL unfinished assignments before you take this test! Any assignments not completed before the final is taken will receive a grade of zero. Proctored test to be scheduled and completed before continuing Week 18

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

Lesson assignments: 50%
Physical Fitness Challenges (4 in total): 15%
Midterm Exam: 15%
Final proctored exam: 20%