Benefits of Physical Activity Teacher Resources

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Middle schoolers 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 young scholars 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 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.
Pupils identify what "Active Living" means and compare and contrast the relationship between fitness and active living by developing a recipe for Active Living. They examine Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating and the importance of eating a balanced diet. Finally, students identify several activities that can be incorporated in a variety of different settings as part of everyday activity.
Sixth graders are introduced to fun cardio exercises that raise the heart rate.
Students complete several physical fitness stations. Students identify which activities increased their heart rates from a resting level. Stations include jumping jacks, sit-ups, running in place, stretching, and body fat measurements.
Many youngsters don't understand that fitness is a life-long endeavor, and that it really pays off to be healthy. Use a spreadsheet to document progress in a fitness plan to see if there really in a benefit to running and exercise. Adapt this resource to meet the needs of your pupils.
This is a very valuable lesson for middle schoolers on the importance of maintaining a healthy body image through diet, exercise, and positive mentality. The resource includes four lesson plans. The first two plans outline the physical growth and development of adolescents (changes in height, weight, and weight distribution) and prompts learners to question the ideal body image projected in advertisements and in the media. The last two lesson plans consider the major tenets of healthy diet and activity.
Being an astronaut takes not only high mental acuity, but also a high level of physical fitness, especially for those who spend a long amount of time away from Earth, such as the astronauts serving on the International Space Station. Without the constant pull of Earth's gravity on the body, space travelers quickly lose bone density and muscle mass. See how well your middle schoolers or high schoolers understand the concept through a drawing and writing activity. Learners draw and label the bones and muscles of an arm that has been in space versus one that has been on Earth, then devise a diet and exercise plan to combat the bone and muscle atrophy of microgravity. 
Students select appropriate foods for a well-balanced diet. For this hunt for healthy food lesson, students play a game where foods are placed under a cone and they must create a balanced diet in the shortest amount of time.
In this fitness worksheet, students review the components to a well-balanced exercise routine and explain the importance of physical activity. This worksheet has 1 multiple choice, 4 fill in the blank, and 5 short answer questions.
Students watch a video and discuss the benefits of regular exercise. They use books, Internet sites and interviews with health professionals to develop a list of activities to develop physical fitness.
Get your class into great shape by introducing them to the benefits of eating healthy snacks and engaing in regular exercise. This set of activities comes with all the worksheets and handouts needed to complete several weeks of nutrition training. Kids learn about the food pyramid, discuss healthy food, participate is exercise, and set personal fitness goals.
Twelfth graders perform dihybrid crosses and calculate phenotype and genotype ratios. In this series of science lessons, 12th graders explain the process of anodizing aluminum. They research on the benefits and harm caused by resonance and forced vibrations.
What do lowfat yogurt, baby carrots, fresh fruit, and rice cakes have in common? They are all healthy snacks that can be eaten daily. Investigate healthy eating/snacking guidelines, learn how to make lowfat ice cream and practice some exercises designed to get you moving. Everything you need to help you make healthy choices is included.
Students identify the benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast. In this nutrition lesson, students read food labels to identify foods that are low in sugar. Students create a healthy breakfast by using eggs and low-fat cheese.
Students explore the concept of density and buoyancy. In this physics lesson, students discover the different factors that affect an object's density and buoyancy in water. Students conduct several investigations to further understand the concept. 
Middle schoolers investigate the benefits of dance and participate in dances. In this dance lesson, students investigate a number of dances such as square dancing and clogging that are native to Appalachia. They use math concepts to determine the beats per minute for the various folk dances.
Students examine healthy eating as it relates to physical and mental health. In this the abc's of healthy eating lesson, students discuss the effects of unhealthy eating habits. Students examine the My Pyramid Food Guidance System as a graphic for Americans to make healthful food choices. Students review the different food groups and their calories and the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Students identify characteristics of verbal, physical, emotional and cyberbullying. In this bullying lesson plan, students gather information about bullying and work in discussion groups to find ways to report and combat bullying.