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Students list the types of biological development that occur during adolescence and the nutritional, physical, and mental needs that support that development. They describe careers in the field of adolescent health.
Young scholars identify good nutrition. In this food pyramid instructional activity, 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.
Third graders create a workout schedule using four different aerobic and strengthening exercises. They, in groups, present the schedules to their classmates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Examine factors that influence your choice about physical activity.  In this physical activity lesson, 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.
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 instructional activity, 4th graders design a leaflet or poster to encourage cycling. Students debate the benefits of cycling. 
Students discover the importance of water.  In this physical education science instructional activity, 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.
Students identify benefits of exercise. They pick one benefit to promote and create an advertisement for exercise and/or fitness that identifies that benefit.
Pupils 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.  For this physics lesson students explore how things move.
Students participate in health-enhancing physical game of Trivial Pursuit and identify the benefits and effects of health related fitness.
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.
Students track species using the Journey North project. They examine the meaning of physical and behavioral adaptation, migration, and identify adaptations that help the species they track survive.
Make fitness a part of each and every day. Special Ed students are given charts with maps and record keeping information. They are given a 20-week period (late October to late March, when the weather is cool enough) to walk that designated distance.
Students experience the process of creating a "dance team" type routine by following a set procedure.