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Second graders study physical education and the benefits of exercise. In this health and fitness instructional activity, 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.
The relationship between food and physical activity is the focus of this health lesson. To investigate exercise and its benefits students use a dictionary to define terms such as calorie, energy, and exercise. Students watch the video "The Magic School Bus Plays Ball" and brainstorm ways to burn calories.
Investigate physical education and sports throughout the years. Third graders view primary source prints and photographs and analyze what they see. Then, they compare different types of physical education programs and sports. The final product is a bulletin board or poster display.
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.