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First graders explore and discuss what physical fitness actually is, its benefits and how to obtain it through a variety of ways. They summarize the five parts of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance,muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility. In addition, they assess the technique of jumping rope.
Students use Internet web sites to discover how physically fit they truly are. Each group must use three web sites to answer questions and make an assessment of the person they have. Each group report back to the class what they have concluded.
Students practice skills of physical fitness to prepare for The Presidential Physical Fitness Test. They practice daily using specific exercises like curl ups and the one mile run/walk. The lesson allows students to project a profile needed for passing and they are encouraged to undertake healthy lifestyle choices.
Students record their daily physical activity in a chart. In this physical fitness lesson plan, students and adults exercise and see how many repetitions they can do in a given amount of time. They record this in a chart over a period of 4 weeks and see their progress.
Learners compare sedentary lifestyles to active lifestyles. In this health instructional activity, students discuss the implications of different kinds of lifestyles, complete a worksheet, then participate in a physical activity.
Learners investigate a web-course designed to help them perform tests on various aspects of their physical fitness, participate in a personalized fitness plan and develop strength, endurance, flexibility and aerobic capacity.
Second graders discuss benefits of keeping physically fit, predict effects of exercise on their bodies, perform various exercises correctly, including push-up, curl-up, and jumping jack, discuss and follow safety practices while exercising, and describe how participation in physical activity makes them feel.
Learners perform physical activities to test their fitness. In this fitness lesson, students do circuit activities to test physical fitness. Learners do warm up activities, then are introduced to the station activities. Students are shown the correct way to do the activities before starting. Learners rate their performance by color.
Students understand the importance of physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle.  In this health lesson students create a display and presentation about what they learned. 
Students complete a goal setting action plan to improve personal physical fitness.
Students investigate their fitness levels. In this personal health instructional activity, students participate in the President’s Challenge for Fitness to assess their physical fitness levels and set goals for improvement. The 5 tests students complete are curl ups, sit and reach, push ups, shuttle run, and timed mile run.
Students compare and contrast the way they feel about themselves before and after this month-long project. They ist three reasons why being physically fit is important to them.
Students participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. In this personal fitness lesson, students warm up and complete the required push-ups, sit-ups, running, and stretching exercises.
This personal fitness workbook provides all of the steps that scouts must complete to earn their merit badge. It requires a physical and dental exam, documentation of current health issues, understanding of behaviors detrimental to health and fitness, and much more. At the end of this lengthy booklet, is a physical activity log. Elements of this could be useful for your health or P.E. class.
The six categories of this fitness gram project line up with many of the state standards for fitness testing. There is a component in this project for each individual to set a goal for each of the fitness tests to be taken. In this way, they take a look at their current level of fitness and figure out what they might need to do to reach the goals for each of the tests. This looks both fun and motivating!
Fourth graders engage in a class discussion where they create a list of their favorite physical fitness activities. They tally the numbers on the board and use Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet and graph of the activities.
Staying physically fit takes time, energy, and commitment...but it can also be a lot of fun! This list includes 11 simple ways to stay motivated to exercise and will help your young athletes commit to a life of fitness and healthy living by incorporating activity into their daily lives. The extension activity additionally prompts learners to consider obstacles to a regular exercise routine and possible solutions.
Students choose healthy food and snacks. In this health activity, students look at the food pyramid and discuss proportions of food. They taste different healthy snacks and review the importance of physical fitness. 
Students set fitness goals. In this physical education lesson, students use science and math principles to help them create personal cardiovascular fitness plans.
A 10 week project to track heart rate through physical activity. This lesson recommends using a heart rate monitor but if these are not available to use that's ok. The goal is to monitor, track, and analyze their heart rate in running one mile daily. There are worksheets to fill out, data to look at, and goals to set while taking a look at what it means to create a healthy lifestyle.