Benefits of Physical Activity Teacher Resources
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What is Physical Fitness?
First graders explore and discuss what physical fitness actually is, its benefits and how to obtain it through a variety of ways. They summarize the five parts of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance,muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility. In addition, they assess the technique of jumping rope.
Physical Fitness and Obesety
Students use Internet web sites to discover how physically fit they truly are. Each group must use three web sites to answer questions and make an assessment of the person they have. Each group report back to the class what they have concluded.
Fit for Our Future
Young scholars understand the importance of physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle. In this health lesson plan students create a display and presentation about what they learned.
Wellness and the Benefits of Exercise
Second graders discuss benefits of keeping physically fit, predict effects of exercise on their bodies, perform various exercises correctly, including push-up, curl-up, and jumping jack, discuss and follow safety practices while exercising, and describe how participation in physical activity makes them feel.
Benefits Are All Around
Third graders explore the potential fitness benefits of various activities and the places in the community that they can experience these benefits. At each fitness station, they should list the potential benefits of each activity they are doing.
Young scholars investigate their fitness levels. In this personal health lesson, students participate in the President’s Challenge for Fitness to assess their physical fitness levels and set goals for improvement. The 5 tests young scholars complete are curl ups, sit and reach, push ups, shuttle run, and timed mile run.
New! Activity and Exercise
Leave it to the classic jump rope to get your class excited about physical activity! Your class will begin by discussing the benefits of jumping rope as a form of exercise and learning a few different types of jumps. Then in groups of four, your young athletes will engage in various activities that will build in progression, and ultimately lead to independent jump rope practice. This is the first resource in a series of fitness and physical activity lessons.
Meet Greg's Challenge: Shake It And Shape Up
Students organize personal fitness data in tables, graphs, and charts while participating in a physical fitness program. They explain their findings on the impact of regular exercise on their health.
Fitness with a Jump Stick
Students learn about cardiovascular fitness through a fun game. In this healthful living instructional activity, students actively increase their cardiovascular endurance through a game with the same concept as freeze tag. Students are also informed on how certain physical activities affect their bodies.
Young scholars investigate a web-course designed to help them perform tests on various aspects of their physical fitness, participate in a personalized fitness plan and develop strength, endurance, flexibility and aerobic capacity.
Design and Implement a Personal Fitness Plan
Students reflect on their own personal fitness. They work together to develop fitness plans for each other. They implement and monitor their progress and evaluate their plan.
Students compare sedentary lifestyles to active lifestyles. In this health lesson, students discuss the implications of different kinds of lifestyles, complete a worksheet, then participate in a physical activity.
Students study movement. In this physical education lesson, students explore heart rate as they collect data and create a heart rate graph. Students also develop an exercise plan that works their hearts appropriately.
Fitness Concepts, Principles, and Benefitws
Fifth graders design an informative tri-fold fitness pamphlet for a fictitious fitness center that contains a persuasive paragraph encouraging fitness, that is attractive and has the five fitness components.
Fitness with a Jump Stick
First graders engage in activities enhancing muscular strength endurance, and flexibility. In this fitness lesson, 1st graders participate in a game of Freeze Tag. Additionally, students participate in five segments of activities following teacher directions.
Personal Health Series: Fitness
Complete activities to help your class appreciate the importance of physical activity. They will answer discussion questions, read articles, and create their own physically active game in order to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of physical activity. This activity also includes a quiz and answer key.
Personal Fitness: Merit Badge
This personal fitness workbook provides all of the steps that scouts must complete to earn their merit badge. It requires a physical and dental exam, documentation of current health issues, understanding of behaviors detrimental to health and fitness, and much more. At the end of this lengthy booklet, is a physical activity log. Elements of this could be useful for your health or P.E. class.
Excuses, Excuses - Stay Physically Fit
Learners explore reasons to stay physically fit. They participate in activities that address excuses people use for not being active. Students discuss benefits of exercise. Learners write personal goals for physical fitness and share them with the class.
Healthy Body Image: A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students
This is a very valuable lesson for middle schoolers on the importance of maintaining a healthy body image through diet, exercise, and positive mentality. The resource includes four lesson plans. The first two plans outline the physical growth and development of adolescents (changes in height, weight, and weight distribution) and prompts learners to question the ideal body image projected in advertisements and in the media. The last two lesson plans consider the major tenets of healthy diet and activity.
Weightlifting and Fitness
High schoolers complete a goal setting action plan to improve personal physical fitness.