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From three-way neck rolls to a figure-5 hurdler's stretch, this is an ultimate guide to healthy exercises. It begins with a bulleted list of general guidelines on cardiorespiratory exercise, flexibility, resistance exercises, and range of motion that can be administered as reference pages to class members. The next three pages then include detailed descriptions and images of a variety of stretches and exercises, which you can choose from and demonstrate to your learners.
Students make a model of a major skeletal muscle group. They consider how their life might change if they didn't have, or lack use of, this particular muscle group.
Eighth graders identify and label the primary and secondary muscles used to perform an exercise. Students perform an exercise on a weight machine to figure out which muscles are being used. Students illustrate the muscles used by coloring a diagram of the muscular system.
Young scholars taking Human Anatomy and Physiology design a health club. They analyze the structure and function of various muscle groups and determine what exercise equipment works best for each muscle group, and using a desktop publishing program they design and print a brochure or print advertisement for their health club.
Students participate in a variety of activities for strength, endurance, and flexibility with the use of a jump stick. Intervals of jogging and exercises of major muscle groups add a fun element to the activity.
These 10 static stretches are not presented in a lesson format but this resource can certainly be used to teach a lesson on static stretching. These stretches should definitely be used in a warm-up or cool-down activity. They focus on the major muscle groups that are used in all physical activities. Each is described clearly and a picture is included that shows the stretch and telsl which muscles are involved.
Children can do almost anything to music, so get them up and moving, working out and strengthening some major muscle groups. Using exercise bands provides some resistance, which makes the muscles work a little harder. With this lesson plan, young learners will just be moving around and grooving to the music; they will be getting stronger without even giving it a thought!
Students explore cardiovascular fitness. In this physical education lesson, students perform a variety of fitness exercises after reading activity explanations found in plastic eggs. Students record on a worksheet whether they personally could maintain each activity for one minute or not.
Students examine human anatomy with a focus on the knee joint. In groups, they research the chemical makeup of human bones and explain the different types of joints found in the body. To end the lesson, they identify the other structures needed in order for movements and describe the most common knee injuries and their treatment.
Students make a skeleton out of different shapes of pasta and identify the bones muscles and joints of a human body.
Students participate in a stretching warm-up exercise. In this physical education activity, students warm up the large muscle groups by standing on their hands and legs in a belly up position or a belly down position. Students flip their positions after a period of time.
Students identify the muscles and body motions of the human body. In this physiology lesson, students participate in different body motions to discover and explore the muscles that they use in their arms. Students discuss the names of the muscles of the arm and their range of motion.
In this math, science, and physical education worksheet, students brainstorm and study about the muscles that are used while participating in different Olympic sports. They color the muscle groups of the body by follow the directions given on the sheet. They make a table that lists the muscles that are used while participating in these sports.
A handout and worksheet composed of two pages of resource information and two pages of questions that require short answers. The main idea of the handout is in choosing an exercise program. Each activity session should include a warm-up period and a cool-down period.  But most importantly, it must be realistic. Read this information and then answer the questions using a short answer format.
Stress the importance of the different types of pressure our mind and body experience in a lesson about how certain types of stress are actually necessary and good for our bodies. As astronauts and people with injuries can attest, not using muscles for even a short period of time can cause them to shrink and can also weaken bones. Give your class a simple conditioning activity to do every other day over two weeks; as they track their data, they should see that regular use of muscles, even in small amounts, builds stamina and strength. Tip: The extension activity should be completed as part of the lesson; it incorporates graphing, which reaches both Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Middle schoolers examine heart rate as they record their own activity levels and heart rate and compare them to the standard. They explore heart rate and its role in fitness using a variety of web resources and create a brochure about exercise.
Second graders participate in activities that focus on the vegetable food group.
Learn all about the best way to stretch your major muscle groups. Nine of the major muscle groups found in the human body are listed along with discussion points on why exercise and stretching are so important to muscle development. Two types of stretches, ballistic and static, are also described.
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.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group is given some supplies to build a tower, the tallest free-standing tower they can build. After this activity, there is more review of the skills learned thus far: mini-salute, crane stance, cat stance, snap kick, thrust kick, and proper use of the kicking shield.

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