New! Cardiovascular Fitness
Sixth graders explore cardiovascular fitness. For this fitness lesson, 6th graders discuss the parts of the cardiovascular lesson and are shown videos of cardiovascular exercises. Additionally, students brainstorm various exercises and list them on butcher paper.
Introduce your young writers to visual brainstorming. No matter the type of project, the provided templates will help class members generate and record ideas, organize information, and develop questions for further inquiry. The scripted plan includes templates, directions for the use of the software, models, and adaptations.
Brainstorming can be more than simply writing down a few ideas. Using the Inspiration Software program, learners visualize the process and learn about linking ideas to form logical relationships. Even without the program, there is still plenty to use here. Lead your class through an Inspiration tutorial where they come up with research topic ideas, create an idea web, and add images. Hyperlink ideas to online resources, and translate the visual idea map to a linear outline.
Diets and Influence on Food Choice
From start to finish, this is a truly excellent lesson plan addressing the epidemic of diet-related disease in the United States. Learners begin with a reading excerpt of detailed information on trends in the American diet and the variety of influences that affect food choice. Instructors are then well supported in a presentation that includes major talking points, discussion prompts, illustrative and descriptive graphics, and important facts. Finally, the lesson is concluded with an engaging activity where class members will get up from their seats to state which influence they believe has the greatest effect on what we eat.
Exploring Selected Haiku by Issa
If your class doesn't know what a haiku is, show them two examples from the Japanese poet Issa (both included here), and have them make some observations. How long are they? What is the structure? A video and a list of questions help your class come to their own conclusions about this type of poetry. Close by asking pupils to compose their own haikus.
Pupils design a cardiovascular fitness program that encourages them to implement it in their daily lives.
Students increase cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. "UNO" cards are used. Each card is matched up with an exercise.
Activity and Exercise
Leave it to the classic jump rope to get your class excited about physical activity! Your class will begin by discussing the benefits of jumping rope as a form of exercise and learning a few different types of jumps. Then in groups of four, your young athletes will engage in various activities that will build in progression, and ultimately lead to independent jump rope practice. This is the first resource in a series of fitness and physical activity lessons.
Sixth graders design a cardiovascular fitness program and encourages them to implement it in their daily lives.
Does Your Fitness Compute?
Fourth graders chart and analyze baseline data pertaining to improving and maintaining fitness levels. Personal trainers calculate their clients' charts and write a one-page report on the findings for the evaluation portfolio of each client.
The Care and Feeding of Kids: Finding Information on Nutrition and Fitness
The Learning Network is featuring an article about First Lady Michelle Obama and her quest to help reduce childhood obesity in America. The article talks about how she has talked with the top three suppliers of school lunches and has gotten them to agree to reduce the amounts of fats, sugars, and salt over the next five years. She has been working with an array of partners to promote healthy eating and more activity among children. Included in this lesson are many links to related articles as well as notes to the teacher suggesting warm-ups and questions to pose to the class.
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