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Health/Physical Education Assessment

Grade 5 Performance Level Descriptors

(Long version)

Step 1

Students have limited knowledge of body systems and their functions and life management skills (e.g., reacting appropriately to strangers, weapons at school, and peer pressure).  They have little understanding of healthy personal habits, nutritious foods, and the food groups.  They have difficulty identifying common diseases and illnesses and how to treat them.  They have minimal knowledge of elements of movement, health-related physical fitness, and the function of rules.  They have limited knowledge of the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.  They have minimal knowledge of how to locate information from consumer products and how to identify advertising techniques.  They have minimal knowledge of emergency situations and how to respond to them. 


Students have some knowledge of the structure and functions of body systems.  They recognize how to react appropriately to some real-life situations regarding friendships, peer pressure, and problem solving.  They recall some information about basic health habits.  They identify and record some information obtained from food labels and identify some nutritious foods.  They use some knowledge of diseases and illnesses to manage personal health.  They choose activities that demonstrate a basic knowledge of health-related physical fitness and show a basic understanding of cooperation in group activities.  They recognize some risk factors of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.  They locate some information from consumer products and identify some advertising techniques.  They recognize a few emergency situations and appropriate ways to respond to them. 

Nearing Proficient 

Students use charts and illustrations to recognize and label some parts of the anatomy.  They identify some strategies to manage anger/stress, enhance personal relationships, make decisions, and react appropriately to peer pressure.  They interpret some concepts of physical and mental health that apply to personal health habits.  They understand how some food groups contribute to a nutritious diet, demonstrate some knowledge of the Food Pyramid, and understand how some nutrients contribute to a healthy body.  They recognize some symptoms, causes, and effects of common diseases and illnesses.  They demonstrate an understanding of basic injury prevention and identify and understand some components of health-related physical fitness.  They recognize some differences in types of drugs and recognize some roles of health care professionals.  They identify some advertising techniques and use some consumer information to make choices.  They recognize some emergency situations and have some knowledge about responding appropriately.


Students identify body systems, differentiate among functions of the body systems, and apply knowledge of these systems.  They apply the basic steps involved in making decisions about engaging in high-risk behaviors, maintaining personal relationships, responding to peer pressure, and managing stress.  They analyze positive and negative consequences of personal health habits.  They apply knowledge of the Food Pyramid and nutrition principles to select a balanced diet that promotes a healthy body.  They compare and contrast characteristics of communicable and non-communicable diseases and recognize their prevention and control.  They determine practices that promote injury prevention, identify the effects and benefits of exercise, recognize the necessity of cooperation and rules during group activities, and evaluate fitness plans.  They explain how and why high-risk behaviors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs should be avoided.  They recognize advertising techniques that influence consumer choices, read labels, and apply consumer information to make wise choices.  They recognize when and know how to respond appropriately to many environmental and injury emergency situations, and they explain basic
first aid. 


Students interpret charts and illustrations to differentiate between parts of the anatomy.  They evaluate the processes used in recognizing and solving problems and apply these processes to real-life situations.  They evaluate and integrate available health information in order to develop new behaviors that enhance personal health.  They describe how the body uses nutrients, understand how nutrients contribute to a healthy body, and plan healthy meals.  They evaluate environmental, scientific, and public health issues as to their effect on personal growth and wellness plans.  They apply knowledge of health-related physical fitness concepts and recognize levels of cooperation in different activities.  They comprehend many risk factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs and their consequences to one’s health, behavior, and decision-making.  They analyze advertisements and their messages and make informed decisions about health-related and other kinds of products.  They analyze and respond appropriately to most kinds of environmental and injury emergency situations.