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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 instructional activity.
Examine factors that influence your choice about physical activity.  In this physical activity lesson plan, 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. In this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
Students watch videos to discover the amount of physical activity in film and television. They present their findings to the class after viewing a film. They discuss how perceptions in films can influence young people.
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.
Take a look at this four-page handout on exercise and the heart. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, and most of that could be prevented. Learn about the benefits of physical activity and a longer healthier life. Check out some myths about exercise and what it really takes to stay in shape. Then answer the questions on the two-page worksheet.
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.
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.
Learners explore, analyze and recognize the role of physical activity in helping the body grow strong and healthy. They utilize old magazines and newspapers to assist them in finding different pictures of examples of people doing different physical activities that involve staying healthy and strong.
Complete activities to help your class appreciate the importance of physical activity. They will answer discussion questions, read articles, and create their own physically active game in order to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of physical activity. This activity also includes a quiz and answer key. 
Students predict what might happen to their pulse rates after physical exertion and then make conclusions about the effects of physical activity on pulse rates.
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.

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