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Elastic Band Exercise
Seventh graders build muscle strength by using elastic bands. In this elastic band exercise lesson plan, 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.
Young scholars 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.
Bones and muscles
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.
Fitness with a Jumpstick
Students participate in a variety of activities for strength, endurance, and flexibility with the use of a jump stick. Intervals of jogging and exercises of major muscle groups add a fun element to the activity.
Haunted House Challenge Fitness Stations
Learners rotate through ten physical fitness stations. They perform various stretching and strengthening activities for three minutes at a time.
Anatomy of a Kick
Learners investigate the muscle system operating in the kick of a ball. The order in which the six muscle groups contract is noted as the movement is produced by the contraction of opposing muscles required to move a limb in opposing directions,
Fifth graders determine what muscles do and identify the different types. In this muscle instructional activity, 5th graders discuss what they know about muscles before looking at the book, The Human Body by Jonathan Miller. They take a teacher made assessment. The associated PowerPoint presentation does not open.
What is the Heart?
Pupils are introduced to the heart that pumps blood to all parts of a body. They explore, examine and experiment with how a heart pumps and recognize that each heartbeat is a pumping action. Each students also completes a "How Muscles Work" activity sheet for mastery.
Students practice stretching and balancing. In this gymnastics instructional activity, students warm-up, stretch, and practice balancing their upper body. Students will participate in two stations and use the floor mat to practice new skills.
Recognizing Propaganda-Loaded Language
Young scholars study a print ad for an abdominal toning device after discussing what strategies are necessary for healthy weight loss and muscle tone. They practice the skill of recognizing propaganda in print advertising.
Creating Fitness Goals
Learners create a fitness goal to include one of the following: muscle building, cardiovascular development or healthful diet. They utilize a daily calendar to record progress. They utilize the Internet to research proper ways to reach their goals.
Decorate A Tree
Students decorate a tree with ornaments which represent different locomotion skills such as crab walk, stretches, jump rope, and jumping jacks. Great for holiday week.
Learn all about the best way to stretch your major muscle groups. Nine of the major muscle groups found in the human body are listed along with discussion points on why exercise and stretching are so important to muscle development. Two types of stretches, ballistic and static, are also described.
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.
Pupils participate in muscle math activities to examine both science and math concepts. Students find their heart rate after completing several different physical activities then create a line graph with their data as well as determine their flexibility then make a frequency table and histogram of the class results.
Exercise and You
First graders explore exercise and how to warm up muscles before doing hard exercise.
It Is the Little Things That Count
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.
Healthy Body Image: Healthy Exercises for Every Body
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.
Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 1
“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 activity 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 activity 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.
Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 2
”If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.”—Henry Ford. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson two of 20 continues with the class getting to know each other. There is review of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. The new skill introduced is the thrust kick. The kicking shield is brought out and the instructor demonstrates how to properly hold it. The class then has some practice kicking at it.