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Third graders are introduced to the importance of warm-ups, stretching, hydration and cool-downs in exercise. They perform these activities and discuss any observations.
Students examine how muscles and bones work together.  In this skeletal system lesson students divide into groups and complete a muscle worksheet and an activity.
Students study a muscle journal which includes a front and back picture of the following muscles: triceps, biceps, abdominal muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings. They locate biceps on themselves and on others. Next, they utilize their journal by coloring in the picture of the biceps.
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 moving models of a stretch reflex and of a crossed extensor reflex (using common materials found a hardware or craft store) to allolw them a better understanding of how relexes work.
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.
In this English activity, students read "High Heels Shorten Women's Leg Muscles," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
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.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson one of 20 begins with a warm-up activity using a medicine ball to pass around as kids get to know each other’s names. This also gives the instructor time to go over rules and etiquette for the class. The main part of the lesson covers balance and the introduction of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. It’s worth taking a look at this entire unit.
In this tissue worksheet, students answer 29 questions with multiple parts including matching, labeling, short answer and picture identification. Topics include types of tissues, functions of tissues and structures of tissues.
This lesson actually includes a full stretch, warm up, and images of the moves your class is to perform. They get their bodies ready then practice the African Gumboot Dance steps as indicated. This is a practice-makes-perfect lesson intended to prep young dancers for performance. 
First graders gain knowledge and participate in activities enhancing muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. In this fitness lesson, 1st graders complete various exercise activities to test out their physical skills.
Students participate in a stretching warm-up exercise. In this physical education lesson, 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 many muscles of the human body. Before performing some type of physical activity, they practice the correct stretches for different parts of the body. They also run and dodge materials to increase and improve their physical skills.
Scientific names and the location of 95 muscles of the human body can be found on the three-dimensional animated man within this award-winning application. After identifying a muscle, delve into exercises that strengthen and stretch. Create a personalized workout that the animated muscle man will lead you through.
Toward the end of the school year when the weather warms up, take your high schoolers swimming! They perform various cardiovascular activities in the pool, beginning with a warm-up activity and followed by stretching, precardio, cardiovascular, toning, and cool-down activities. Different swim strokes or gentle movements are suggested for the warm-up. Immerse your class in the swimming pool!
Fourth graders study how the nose and mouth prepare air for the lungs; describe how oxygen enters the body and is exchanged for carbon dioxide; and explain how muscles help the lungs to work.
“A primary reason for communication is to reach UNDERSTANDING — not necessarily AGREEMENT.” Black Tiger Academy’s final martial arts lesson of 20 is bringing it all together to review what has been learned in the previous 19 lessons. They will form teams to play a review game testing their knowledge of terms, names of muscles, and anything else the teacher would like to check. Then they will review all the physical moves in martial arts that they have learned: stances, kicks, and blocks.
Seventh graders build muscle strength by using elastic bands. In this elastic band exercise lesson, 7th graders do various stretches and movements using an elastic band. Students go to different stations to do different exercises. Students increase heart rate and burn calories.
A lab in which high schoolers examine the difference between arteries and veins. Budding biologists will find out which blood vessel can stretch furthest, recording their data in a table then answering several questions evaluating their work and safety procedures. Note: the two PDFs shown under the downloads section are both linked to the technician notes, but the sheet for your pupils is available as a Word document.

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