This section provides both elementary and secondary examples of inquiry in both physical education and health education. The samples provide an overall outline and structure and some ideas as a starting point to allow for flexibility in educator planning. Full expectations, educator prompts, and student responses for questions can be found in The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1–8 and Grades 9–12 Health and Physical Education 1. Each example includes the inquiry plan as well as implementation tools.
Throughout the Grade 3 Active Living: Physical Fitness Inquiry Plan students develop and act on personal fitness goals exploring why it is important to be physically active and how via self-monitoring they will know they are trying their best.
Throughout the Grade 5 Healthy Eating Inquiry Plan, students use a range of critical-thinking skills to explain how to use nutrition fact tables, and they describe the influences of media and advertising on food choices. A summary of the lesson activities, including graphic organizers and assessment tools, are included.
Throughout the Grade 9 Healthy Living: Healthy Eating Inquiry Plan, students use self-awareness and self-monitoring skills as well as critical-thinking skills to explain how healthy eating contributes to a person’s overall well-being. Students apply their knowledge of nutrition principles and analyse the influence of social and environmental factors on food choices. A summary of the lesson activities, including graphic organizers and assessment tools, are included.
Throughout the Grade 10 Active Living: Physical Fitness Inquiry Plan, students assess their level of health-related fitness and develop a personal fitness plan. Students implement and revise their personal fitness plan, focusing on their personal fitness goals, and answering questions such as: What does being fit mean for me? How will being physically fit benefit me now and in the future? How will I continue to develop different aspects of my fitness in order to benefit my overall health?
1 Ontario Ministry of Education. (2015a). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 to 8: Health and Physical Education, 2015 (Rev. ed.). Retrieved from https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/sshg18curr2013.pdf. Ontario Ministry of Education. (2015b). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: Health and Physical Education, 2015 (Rev. ed.). Retrieved from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/health9to12.pdf