Physical Workplace Readiness CATE Lesson Plan

ACP Lesson Plan 

Title:  Physical Workplace ReadinessAuthor:  Christine Reinke
Subject(s) Physical Education
Grade Level(s):10,11,12Total Time: 80 minutes

Overview / Description:  Students will work in small groups and prepare an appropriate work readiness warmup program based on a particular company that they are assigned.  

Learning goals/objectives:   After completing this activity, students should be able to . . .

  • evaluate various businesses and types of physical movement
  • discuss their findings
  • present a 4-5 minute warmup for employees at a business
  • relate physical education to the workplace

Workplace Readiness Skill: 

 x   Social Skills  x Communication 
 x  Teamwork     x    Critical Thinking
x    Attitude and Initiative  x  Planning and Organization
   Professionalism    Media Etiquette

Content Standards:

Wisconsin Physical Education Standards

5:4:A3 Works with peers willingly, regardless of skill level and individual differences in partner and small group situations

2:4:A3 Examines the physical, emotional, cognitive, and scientific factors that affect performance and explains the relationship between those factors

2:4:A1 Develops an appropriate conditioning program for a sport or lifetime fitness activity. 

Model Academic Standards for School Counseling

Academic Development Domain

Content Standard C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.

● Core Performance Standard 1: Understand how to relate school to life experiences.


1.  List of 7 or 8 local businesses that have physical labor as part of the employment.

2.  Computer for research

3.  Printer availability

4.  Rubric:

Learning Activities:

WHO (T=Teacher Focus Lesson; WG=Whole Group\; SM=Small Group; I=Independent)

Learning Activity Task                                                     WHO is responsible    Approximate time for task
 Step 1: Create a list of 7 or 8 local businesses that have physical labor as part of the employment. Put them on notecards so students can choose one. (i.e. local examples = KI, Aarrowcast, Red Rooster, World Wide Signs, Morton Builders, Knope Heating and Cooling, Tweet Garot, Bonduel School District)  Teacher  15 minutes
 Step 2:  Have students research what type of physical work is done.  Students will write a paragraph on what they found.    Students  30 minutes
 Step 3:  Students will design a 4-5 minute warmup for the class based on the research of their business(students will type up all moves)  Students  30 minutes
 Step 4:  Students will present their warmup to the class along with their research information.(Students will turn in the printout of the paragraph and the written out warmup they presented to class)  Students 10 minutes

Assessment: Group Activity Rubric

Wrap-Up:  Students will vote on which explanation and warmup was the best.

Extension Activity (for intervention or enrichment): 

Have the HR Department from a local business such as KI Bonduel to discuss why they use pre-work warmups and the research supporting this. Students could research information on why companies are using work readiness warmups and their results.

Students could make a video of the warmup or a printed version with pictures and descriptions.

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Physical Workplace Readiness by Christine Reinke is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Download: Group_Activity_Rubric_1A0jyiS.docx

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