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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.
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.
Sixth graders discover hypertension and facts regarding blood pressure, BMI, and fitness. For this personal health lesson, 6th graders visit blood pressure, bio-impedance analyzer, and physical education learning stations that require them to assess their personal physical fitness levels.
Pupils investigate their fitness levels. In this personal health instructional activity, students participate in the President’s Challenge for Fitness to assess their physical fitness levels and set goals for improvement. The 5 tests pupils complete are curl ups, sit and reach, push ups, shuttle run, and timed mile run.
Students explore nutrition and physical fitness. In this health and diet lesson, students identify healthy foods on the food pyramid and participate in a discussion about the importance of physical activity. Students review personal fitness and food charts that are to be completed at home and returned to school.
Second graders study physical education and the benefits of exercise. In this health and fitness lesson, 2nd graders study words associated with physical fitness and health. Students research physical fitness activities and find a game they like. Students take turns teaching the games to each other.
Students understand the importance of physical fitness. In this physical fitness lesson, students discuss local attractions and the physical activities done in these places. Students learn why each of these activities is valuable. Students create a journal of physical activities as they go on trips. Students understand how to read calories.
Students learn about cardiovascular fitness through a fun game. In this healthful living lesson, 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.
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.
Lesson 9 in this 10-lesson unit put together by Do Something, Inc. is about fitting fitness into daily activivty. First off though, the class needs to take a look at what kind, and how much, activity they do in a day, in a week, etc. Next, they analyze whether they are getting enough exercise, or whether they need to incoporate more physical activity into their daily or weekly time schedules. This is a good start, but the teacher should provide a bit more guidance in discussing how important it is to be physically fit.