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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.
Young scholars 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.
Students explore the human body by participating in physical education exercises. In this body stretching instructional activity, 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.
Check you heart rate, evaluate your current level of activity, figure out calories burned based on the activities you do. Then put together an action plan of activities to do on a regular basis to maintain physical fitness. Lesson 8 outlines what can be done to help understand the balance of calories consumed and what it takes with regard to the amount of activity one needs to have based on calories consumed. Make a plan and get moving!
Students identify good nutrition. For this food pyramid lesson, students learn the basics of good nutrition, identify the six basic food groups, state the effects of the food on the human body, and learn nutritional information while participating in physical activities.
Identify obstacles in your middle schoolers' life that prevent them from having physical activity.  They will design a fitness program to offer other people that can allow them to get fit and have fun.  Then they will discuss with their classmates why people make excuses for not getting in shape.
Students analyze different training plans through an interactive program. They can also rate workouts based on their needs. They discuss how to prevent injury and how to eat healthy.
Examine factors that influence your choice about physical activity.  In this physical activity lesson plan, young scholars recognize how physical activity and good health go together.  Students participate in a survey about physical activity and how it is related to good health.
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.
Fourth graders discuss cycling and create a list of good effects from cycling.  In this cycling lesson, 4th graders design a leaflet or poster to encourage cycling. Students debate the benefits of cycling. 
Promote fitness with pedometers! This is a great idea as there is immediate feedback and of course, pretty much everyone can walk! This PowerPoint is designed to promote a specific physical education program, but is well worth all the information it contains. You could implement this kind of challenge with your physcial education classes as well as your health classes.
A health and fitness expo hosted by the 4th and 5th grade PE classes for the entire school. This is a great idea! There are 10 activities that are listed for the classes to participate in. For each of the activities, there is an explanation of what to do and/or how to do it. This expo sounds like a bit of work, but certainly can be done given enough time to organize. It could become an annual event!
Students discover the importance of water.  In this physical education science lesson, students consider mental and physical activities.  Students find their pulse and measure their heart rate. Students discuss the importance of water  Students garden and water plants.
Middle schoolers identify benefits of exercise. They pick one benefit to promote and create an advertisement for exercise and/or fitness that identifies that benefit.
Third graders engage in the study of aerobic and anaerobic activities. They discuss the differences in the type of exercises involved. Students identify the types of activities they enjoy based upon the information given. Then students perform an experiment to measure physical activity during the act of running.
Middle schoolers explore ways to be more physically active. They discuss ways physical activity can help them and discuss activities that are best for them. After identifying activities they would like to try, they discuss health professionals who assist in being physically active and visit stations to try activities.
Students explore different machines and the components that encompass the science of physics.  In this physics lesson students explore how things move.
Sixth graders investigate the food guide pyramid. They conduct Internet research, and plan a three day nutritional menu appropriate for teenagers. Students include three meals per day and a snack for each day on their menu, and describe how the menu relates to fitness and health.
Fourth graders discuss the benefits of regular exercise.  In this physical health studies lesson, 4th graders create visual demonstrations to track their progress with physical fitness related goals.  Students discuss various types of exercise, and their effects on overall physical health.  Students participate in a friendly competition with other classrooms to see which class can make the most progress with their fitness goals.