Not your typical physical education course

Unified Physical Education (P.E.) is a unique opportunity for students of varying ability levels and backgrounds to come together on equal terms through ongoing fitness, sports, leadership and wellness activities. This course focuses on the physical, intellectual and social growth of all participants. Engaging in physical activity and sport alongside peers with and without disabilities helps to foster important social relationships.

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Unified Physical Education Resource Guide – Thinking about adding this class to your school? Check out sections 2-5!
SHAPE America Unified Resources
Unified P.E. Info Webinar

First time with the class and need equipment? You qualify for our equipment stipend! Request equipment now

Marketing collateral

Email templates (PDF)
Editable marketing materials for your school

Media links

Wayzata High School – video
Lakeville North and South High Schoolarticle
Stillwater High Schoolarticle
Fostering Social Inclusion Through Unified P.E.article

Other resources

OPEN Phys Ed
Inclusion in School Physical Education and Physical Activity (PDF)

Activity-specific resources

Created by educators for educators, here are some PDF resources you can use in your Unified Physical Education class!

Coming 2020-2021 school year

Dance & rhythmic activities

Fitness activities
Cardio respiratory activities

Games & sports
Creative Invasion games
Striking & fielding
Team challenges

Individual performance activities
Underhand throw toss

Lifetime activities
Net Wall

Outdoor pursuits
Coming 2020-2021 school year

Operational definition of activity categories

from SHAPE America, Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education

The resources above are split up into the current SHAPE America operational definitions for activities- see below for further definitions.

Outdoor Pursuits: The outdoor environment is an important factor in student engagement in the activity. Activities might include, but are not limited to recreational boating (e.g., kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rowing), hiking, backpacking, fishing, orienteering/geocaching, ice skating, skateboarding, snow or water skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, surfing, bouldering/traversing/climbing, mountain biking, adventure activities and ropes courses. Selection of activities depends on the environmental opportunities within the geographical region.

Fitness Activities: Activities with a focus on improving or maintaining fitness and might include, but are not limited to yoga, Pilates, resistance training, spinning,
running, fitness walking, fitness swimming, kickboxing, cardio-kick, Zumba and exergaming.

Dance and Rhythmic Activities: Activities that focus on dance or rhythms and might include, but are not limited to dance forms such as creative movement and
dance, ballet, modern, ethnic/folk, hip hop, Latin, line, ballroom, social and square.

Aquatics: Might include, but are not limited to swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo.

Individual-Performance Activities: Might include, but are not limited to gymnastics, figure skating, track and field, multi-sport events, in-line skating, wrestling,
self-defense and skateboarding.

Games and Sports: Includes the games categories of invasion, net/wall, target and fielding/striking.

Lifetime Activities: Includes the categories of outdoor pursuits, selected individual performance activities, aquatics and net/wall and target games. Note: Invasion games and fielding and striking games are not addressed in the secondary outcomes because those activities require team participation and are not well suited to lifelong participation.