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Physical Education

The Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning plan brings the district back to the basics of quality learning and teaching. It unites all content areas around (1) formative practices, (2) explicit instruction, and (3) meaningful student engagement. Each grade level and content area will embrace specific instructional practices around these areas.

The following equity-oriented practices provide the framework for Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning.

  • Using high-quality, standards-aligned, district-adopted instructional materials
  • Focusing on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching practices that promote learning
  • Leveraging technology to empower students to create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically


Physical Education Activities and Resources for Families during COVID-19

Physical education is about helping students understand how being physically active can improve physical and mental health. This includes reducing stress and improving the immune system. Below are links to activities that students and families can do during the "safer at home" order. Choose activities that are fun and that you can do wherever you are comfortable. There are activities and games for indoors and outdoors.

If you have any questions, contact your PE teacher from your school or Carlos Rodriguez, curriculum specialist for health and physical education, at

Kindergarten–Grade 12

Exercise for Kids: Fun Fitness Activities 

Physical Education Vocabulary for Kids

Super Deck Fitness Card Game

Make Your Own Exercise Dice Game

Let's Move: Staying Active for Kids

Elementary School

Towel Fitness Challenges (video)

Balloon Challenges (video)

April Mind and Body Calendar (English)

April Mind and Body Calendar (Spanish)

Fitness Dice


Spin Fitness

Spell Your Name PE

Roll It Fitness

Playing Card Fitness

Basketball Dribble Monopoly

Middle School/High School 

Middle School/High School Physical Activity Log 
Tracking physical activity is a great way to stay on track to meet the one hour of recommended daily physical activity for youth.

High School Take-Home Package

Paper Plate Tabata (video)

Maximize Your Garage: At-Home Workouts and Fitness Activities

Physical Education and Health Vision Statement

Students will leave Milwaukee Public Schools with the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary for lifelong wellness and daily physical activity.

Physical Education and Health Mission Statement

Milwaukee Public Schools’ K–12 physical education and health mission is to support students in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be healthy, well, and physically active throughout their lifetime.

The purpose of physical education is for students to develop an "orientation to lifetime fitness." To have an orientation to lifetime fitness, students need to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary to be physically active for a lifetime. MPS uses the nationally recognized SPARK curriculum for kindergarten to grade 8. This curriculum focuses on using a variety of activities to engage students and get them moving in and out of school. MPS physical education at the high school includes the use of SPARK integrated into a variety of courses to help students learn what it means to be physically active for a lifetime. All students are expected to participate in physical education classes to the best of their ability and demonstrate their competency in the standards.

National Physical Education Standards

MPS uses the National Physical Education Standards from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America (download the full standards/grade-level outcomes document). All grading is based on these national standards.

  • Standard 1  The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Standard 2  The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Standard 3  The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  • Standard 4  The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Standard 5  The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

Adapted Physical Education

The district provides ongoing citywide support to physical education teachers, classroom teachers, and other supportive staff through the services of an itinerant physical education/special education specialist. These services include

  • working with teachers who request help/support in developing and implementing differentiated instruction to their special needs students,
  • adapted equipment and training,
  • motor skills and fitness assessment,
  • IEP assistance,
  • curriculum development,
  • coordination of citywide in-service trainings,
  • staff Professional Development Day workshops,
  • Special Olympics and adaptive sports assistance,
  • adventure education for special populations, and
  • supporting teachers with assistive technology needs.

For more information or assistance, please call the Adapted Physical Education office at 414-475-8850.

Adapted PE Contact

Phone: 414-475-8850
Fax: 414-475-8455

Adapted Physical Education Specialist:
Roger Masarik
Curriculum and Instruction/
Student Wellness and Prevention

Student Wellness

Curriculum Specialist:

Carlos Rodriguez
Student Wellness and Prevention
Phone: 414-267-1892

900 W. Walnut  Street, Room 133
Milwaukee, WI 53205

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