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Young scholars play a game to increase physical activity. In this exercise lesson, students identify benefits to a healthy lifestyle and learn a fast-paced game to promote blood flow. Young scholars perform activities found on colored dots scattered around and repeat until all 5 activities have been completed.
Young scholars perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. In this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
Take a look at this four-page handout on exercise and the heart. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, and most of that could be prevented. Learn about the benefits of physical activity and a longer healthier life. Check out some myths about exercise and what it really takes to stay in shape. Then answer the questions on the two-page worksheet.
Students examine the different food groups on the food pyramid. In groups, they discover the proper amount to eat from each food group and how to prepare healthy meals. They keep a food journal and calculate the amount of calories they take in taking into account the amount of physical activity they receive in a day. To end the lesson, they discuss whether being a vegetarian is healthier than not.
Learners view a PBS "In the Mix" video about soccer and identify the benefits of playing the sport. They examine how playing a sport can help prevent tobacco abuse and design posters depicting the benefits of soccer.
Are there benefits to being physically active? Yes! There are both short-term and long-term benefits! Being physically active doesn't just have strengthen you physically, but also emotionally and socially. Learners find out how to calculate heart rate. They discuss how often one should be physically active and what types of activities to do. As a concluding activity, they create posters directed at promoting physical activity.
Young scholars think about obesity. In this health lesson, students discuss the affects of obesity and evaluate the effectiveness of their school's fitness program. Young scholars will then devise a plan to improve their school's health and fitness programs.
Students examine teen obesity in the United States. In this civics lesson, students gather data regarding health and fitness in their school. Students use their findings as well as selected sources to plan and implement a health and fitness program in their school.
Sixth graders examine how the media has an impact on poor body image and eating disorders among young people.  In this body image lesson, 6th graders discover the unrealistic values media promotes. Students explore the mental, physical and social benefits of healthy dietary and fitness habits then work in groups to create a collage depicting criteria that judges attractiveness.
Young scholars explore, analyze and recognize the role of physical activity in helping the body grow strong and healthy. They utilize old magazines and newspapers to assist them in finding different pictures of examples of people doing different physical activities that involve staying healthy and strong.
This is the culminating activity for a unit on energy balance for 3rd-5th graders created by Together Counts. Young learners make a plan to balance their energy in and their energy out for one month. They use the SMART steps in creating their plan. They are to consider all the information they have learned in this unit regarding healthy eating and physical activity when putting together this specific plan for themselves. It really is about creating balance of calories consumed and calories burned. This plan is to be implemented for one month and then evaluated when the month ends. Good luck young learners!
Students examine the visual aids of this lesson to study the costs and benefits of decisions about diet and exercise. They investigate human choice as it affects behavior and in turns effects economics and consequences.
Students study the physical, mental, and social health benefits of regular exercise while attempting to recognize the point of view of media messages. They read an article and discern ways in which they can make regular exercise a part of their lives.
Students participate in a number of different lessons with the intention of improving skills to play handball. Each lesson focuses on a certain skill like strokes and serves. The skills have a progression of difficulty until the student has mastered them all to play handball independently.
Seventh graders discuss what are the characteristics of a personal with good health. They read an article about influences on health and discuss and perform a self assessment to gauge their personal health. They then go to the gym and perform and discuss physical activities related to social health, fitness, and stress reduction.
Students explore the human body by participating in physical education exercises. In this body stretching lesson, students discuss the easiest way to injury a body and identify certain stretches that increase flexibility and limit risk. Students utilize towels, floor mats, and music to enhance their exercise.
Students examine the importance of physical activity and positive reasons for weight training. They analyze and discuss a famous ad, read and summarize an article, and identify the benefits of resistance training.
Students discover why breakfast is important. In this nutrition lesson, students read a "Power Up With Breakfast" worksheet and discuss the importance of breakfast. Students draw pictures of fruit they would want in their breakfast shake.
Have your class participate in a variety of sports and craft activities using this resource. With sports as the theme, learners work on art projects. Students create soccer ball prints, a three dimensional football, and a sports collage.
Third graders work in pairs to complete a variety of aerobic exercises, calculate their heart rates and then calculate their recovery heart rates.