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Physical Activity and Energy
All physical activity requires energy. The more vigorous the physical activity, the more energy required to perform the activity. Sitting around requires energy. What? Yes, there are still physical things happening in the body, like breathing and the heart beating. These things all require energy. Youngsters learn a little about consuming calories and what it takes to burn off those calories in this lesson.
New! Heart Rate and Exercise
What is the relationship among the heart, circulation, and exercise? Your class members will explore first-hand how different physical exercises affect an individual's heart rate. They will begin by learning how to measure their own heart rate, and then working individually or in partners, will analyze the effect of such activities as breathing deeply, doing jumping jacks, and listening to fast music. Finally, your young scientists will learn about the relationship between the body's need for more oxygen during physical activity and the heart's effort to deliver that oxygen. This is the third resource in a series of fitness and physical activity lessons.
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.
How does Physical activity Help You?
Examine factors that influence your choice about physical activity. In this physical activity instructional activity, 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.
Physical Activity and Energy
Does smiling take as much energy as running a lap around the track? Everything the body does requires energy. The more vigorous the activity, the more energy the body requires to perform the activity. Compare different low-energy activities and high-energy activities. Help young learners plan to include more high-energy activities in their daily lives.
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.
Comparing Physical Activity Choices
A physical activity log will help your elementary students keep track of their activities. Your class will calculate the average number of physicaly active minutes per day. They compare with other students and then estimate the relative energy or calories expended by their activities.
What is Physical Activity?
Students describe how the heart needs to work and rest. In this instructional activity on the heart, students feel their heart working, play a game of "Wise Owl Says" about physical activity and complete worksheets about physical activities.
Keeping a Physical Activity Log
This study asks students to keep a log at home of their daily physical activities for at least one or two weeks. They bring their logs back to class. They compare the activities and discuss different levels of intensity.
Benefits of Physical Activity
Identify at least five benefits of physical activity and guide students to experience fun feeling healthy. Your class will participate in the Synchronized Chair Dance. Worksheet and Evaluation are included.
Physical Activity Can Reduce Your Stress
Identify sources of stress in your students' everyday lives. They are introduced to ways in which they can relieve stress and consider the value of physical activity in overall health.
Your Energy Out
How much activity is appropriate for elementary school youngsters? What kind of activities do they need to do? Check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Look to see what are age-appropriate activities for each grade level. Then use the activities included to explore the different types of activities: aerobic, anaerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening. Finally, have your youngsters plan out three days of appropriate physical activities and see if they can actually stick to the plan.
Why Be Active?
Are there benefits to being physically active? Yes! There are both short-term and long-term benefits! Being physically active doesn't just have strengthen you physically, but also emotionally and socially. Learners find out how to calculate heart rate. They discuss how often one should be physically active and what types of activities to do. As a concluding activity, they create posters directed at promoting physical activity.
How Many Minutes Should I Get?
Thirty minutes of physical activity a day maintains health and keeps chronic disease away! Your class will learn and discuss the number of minutes of physical activity needed every day to maintain good health, as well as the short- and long-term benefits of such activity. With additional worksheets, your class members will also have the opportunity to plan out a weekly routine and how many minutes they would like to dedicate each day to stretching, strength and flexibility training, and moderate/vigorous physical activity.
Walking on the Path to Better Health
Walk your way to health with this great resource! Walking is a valuable physical activity that can be done frequently and with ease by learners of all ages. "Warm up" by reviewing the benefits of physical activity with your class and brainstorming ways to incorporate more activity into your days. Then, have your learners practice walking in pairs while monitoring individual intensity levels and effort. For elementary and middle school, try this first as a whole-group activity in order to model how to appropriately and effectively walk in pairs.
Energy Balance in Your Life
How do young learners figure out how to balance their energy in and their energy out? The main thing to understand is calories. How many calories are in foods and beverages consumed and how many calories are burned off by physical activity? Just as different foods have different calories, different types of activities burn off different amounts of calories. It's a complicated process. Use these activities to help the class learn how to decipher information on nutrition fact labels. Then take a look at calories used by engaging in physical activities. Does everything balance out?
I Can Balance. You Can Balance.
It's disturbing to think that one third of children born after the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes and perhaps be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents! Too many youngsters are not eating properly and are not physically active. It all begins at a young age. Help your class learn about and develop healthy eating habits and become more physically active.
Your Energy Balance Goal!
This is the culminating activity for a unit on energy balance for 3rd-5th graders created by Together Counts. Young learners make a plan to balance their energy in and their energy out for one month. They use the SMART steps in creating their plan. They are to consider all the information they have learned in this unit regarding healthy eating and physical activity when putting together this specific plan for themselves. It really is about creating balance of calories consumed and calories burned. This plan is to be implemented for one month and then evaluated when the month ends. Good luck young learners!
How Balanced Are You?
Young learners take a look at what they eat in one day and compare it to how much physical activity they do on that same day. Point out that this is only a one-day glimpse at balancing the energy going in and what energy being used. They need to understand that balance over time is important; it's not just a one day thing. Calories are stored if not used immediately and thus an excess on one day can be burned off on another day. The thing to remember is that excess calories that don't get burned off can lead to weight gain in the long run.
New! Body Strength
Your young learners will discover how muscular strength and endurance can increase with this truly hands-on activity! Beginning by writing an acrostic for the word strength, class members then engage in tracking their ability to squeeze a clothespin with their non-dominant hands over the course of two weeks, recording both their predictions and actual results. They then graph their performance data and evaluate their progress together as a class, and conclude by writing a new acrostic for strength designed with their recent discoveries in mind. This is the second resource in a series of fitness and physical activity lessons.