Benefits of Physical Activity Teacher Resources
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Why Be Active?
What are some of the benefits of physical activity? Young learners take a look at not just the physical benefits, but also the emotional and social benefits of being physically active. There is a heart rate activity to count their resting heart rate and then they do a little bit of exercise to get their working heart rate. There is also a small project to do creating a poster about being physically active every day.
Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Lesson 8: Action Plan
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!
Eat Smart. Play Hard.
Students study healthy food choices and the energy it creates for physical activity. In this food energy lesson, students complete multiple activities to learn about the benefits of healthy eating upon physical activity.
New! Folding Matters
Have your physical scientists try some engineering origami by examining how the folding of materials can have practical and beneficial applications. Teams use their convoluted cortexes to collaborate on constructing a solar panel that is 30 x 90 cm in size, but that will fit into a standard foil dispensing box. Student handout pages include background reading information, a place to design their panels, and reflection questions. Consider having real examples of foldable items avaiable for your lesson plan, such as an umbrella in its cover, a collapsible cup or telescope, or a hand fan.
Teaching Fundamental Movement
Students perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. In this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
Exercise and Your Heart
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.
Food and Your Body -- How to Maintain a Healthy Diet
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 plan, they discuss whether being a vegetarian is healthier than not.
Soccer: Kickin' Butts!
Students 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.
White House Campaign on Childhood Obesity
Students think about obesity. For this health lesson, students discuss the affects of obesity and evaluate the effectiveness of their school's fitness program. Students will then devise a plan to improve their school's health and fitness programs.
White House Campaign on Childhood Obesity
Students examine teen obesity in the United States. In this civics instructional activity, 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.
Fitness for Life
Students discuss their favorite activities and determine which activities are suitable for older people. In groups, students research the benefits of aerobic exercises and the equipment needed. Students share their information with the class.
Box of Clay
What happens to a volume when you scale the dimensions of a rectangular prism? In this problem, a box of clay is increased in each dimension, with the intent to see if learners can generalize the result. The addition of physical models could help them visualize the problem and gain a deeper understanding of the solution. Solutions are consider using visualization and algebraically.
The Benefits of B.(eing) A.(ctive) D.(aily) Behavior
Third graders explore various fitness activities. In this exercise lesson, 3rd graders view a power point presentation that introduces components of health related fitness. They discuss alternative exercise activities. Students play a fitness board game.
Are We Couch Potatoes or Busy Bees? Data Analysis of Physical Activity in School
Students study practical data analysis within the constraints of the scientific method. In this data lesson students collect and enter data into a computer spreadsheet then create graphs.
Mission Nutrition: Fitness Challenge
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.
Fit For Life: Eat Smart and Exercise
Students examine the problem of obesity among teenagers. They view a video and discuss what could be done to avoid becoming overweight. They also explore the importance of exercise.
How does Physical activity Help You?
Examine factors that influence your choice about physical activity. In this physical activity instructional activity, students 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.
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.
Physical Education Bulletin Board/Poster Display
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.