Benefits of Physical Activity Teacher Resources
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Benefits of Cycling
Fourth graders discuss cycling and create a list of good effects from cycling. In this cycling lesson plan, 4th graders design a leaflet or poster to encourage cycling. Students debate the benefits of cycling.
Get Physically Active
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.
New! Energy Sources
Take the concept of burning calories to a more literal level in the second of seven lessons about energy in the realm of food and fitness. Using simple materials, groups will burn breakfast cereal and a pecan to see which one gives off more heat, recording all data on the provided worksheet. The instructions may be a little difficult to understand regarding the set up for the investigation, so watching the teacher prep video will be helpful. Note: for younger grades, do the activity as a demonstration to prevent potential injury or fire.
Recognizing a Message's Point of View
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.
Students 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.
Assessing Health Habits
Seventh graders discuss what are the characteristics of a personal with good health. They read an article about influences on health and discuss and perform a self assessment to gauge their personal health. They then go to the gym and perform and discuss physical activities related to social health, fitness, and stress reduction.
Stretch for Wellness
Students explore the human body by participating in physical education exercises. In this body stretching lesson, 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.
The Lure and Lore of Weight Lifting
Young scholars 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.
Eat Smart, Play Hard
Students discover why breakfast is important. In this nutrition lesson plan, students read a "Power Up With Breakfast" worksheet and discuss the importance of breakfast. Students draw pictures of fruit they would want in their breakfast shake.
Sports Lesson Plan
Have your class participate in a variety of sports and craft activities using this resource. With sports as the theme, learners work on art projects. Students create soccer ball prints, a three dimensional football, and a sports collage.
Up and Down
Third graders work in pairs to complete a variety of aerobic exercises, calculate their heart rates and then calculate their recovery heart rates.
What's Happening to Your Body
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.
Students identify good nutrition. In 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.
New! Your Energy Needs (BMR)
How many Calories one needs on a daily basis is dependent on a number of factors including gender, height, and activity level. In the third of seven lessons about energy and food, young nutritionists calculate the number of Calories necessary for different sizes and typical exertion levels. In addition to the science involved, there are some great math skills practiced here, too, from converting between metric and standard, to addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
Students identify benefits of exercise. They pick one benefit to promote and create an advertisement for exercise and/or fitness that identifies that benefit.
Be More Physically Active
Students 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.
Physics Around the School: Simple Machines In and Out of the Classroom
Young scholars explore different machines and the components that encompass the science of physics. In 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.
Nutrition and 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.
Adaptations: Fit For Survival
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.