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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students describe how the heart needs to work and rest. In this lesson on the heart, students feel their heart working, play a game of "Wise Owl Says" about physical activity and complete worksheets about physical activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students investigate fun physical activities that can be done year round.  In this physical education lesson, students read the story Big News! Straight From the Heart, and list the activities written about in the story.  Students create a fictional book showcasing characters they create performing physical activities.
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.
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.
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.
What are some of the benefits of physical activity? Young learners take a look at not just the physical benefits, but also the emotional and social benefits of being physically active. There is a heart rate activity to count their resting heart rate and then they do a little bit of exercise to get their working heart rate. There is also a small project to do creating a poster about being physically active every day.
What kinds of physical activity should youngsters do more of? What kind of activities should they do enough of? What kind of activities should they do less of? Studies say that children should be doing about an hour of vigorous activity per day. Help them identify which activities to do more of and which activities to do less of.
There are many, many reasons why people do not maintain an energy balance. Talk to your young learners about balance, what gets in the way of eating healthy, and things that get in the way of doing physical activity. Some obstacles may seem small and some obstacles may seem huge, but when recognized, most can be overcome!
Promote fitness with pedometers! This is a great idea as there is immediate feedback and of course, pretty much everyone can walk! This PowerPoint is designed to promote a specific physical education program, but is well worth all the information it contains. You could implement this kind of challenge with your physcial education classes as well as your health classes.
Investigate the primary causes for the increase in overweight youth and discover its impact on the health care system. After watching segments from the Bill Moyers Now program, your students develop campaigns to implement in school that combat obesity and promote physical activity.

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