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Middle schoolers 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.
Young scholars examine teen obesity in the United States. In this civics instructional activity, students gather data regarding health and fitness in their school. Young scholars 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. For 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.
Students identify ways to be fit and healthy. In this health lesson plan, students construct a KWL chart discussing the effects of nutrition and exercise. Students construct a map illustrating positive nutrition habits. Students view a PowerPoint presentation about health awareness.
Students create an exercise plan. In this healthy living lesson, students discuss calories and their role in maintaining physical activity and burning fat. Students determine the amount of exercise they would need to do to burn the calories from their favorite snack and choose four exercises.
What happens to a volume when you scale the dimensions of a rectangular prism? For 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.
Students participate in warm-up exercises. In this physical fitness lesson, students are shown cooked and uncooked spaghetti noodles to compare them to our muscles. Students identify why it is important to warm-up before exercise and participate in bending and stretching activities.
Second graders determine stressors in their life and how to cope with them. In this stress management lesson, 2nd graders define stress and stressors and give examples. They watch a power point presentation about stress management and as a class they discuss coping skills and physical reactions to stress. Students write down three coping skills they use, share something that makes them feel stressed and construct homemade books.
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.
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.