Benefits of Physical Activity Teacher Resources

Nothing beats a great workout! Whether it’s a heart-pumping cardio session or a race around the playground, physical activity is an important part of staying healthy. It can help with classroom focus, academic achievement, and quality of life—plus it’s a lot of fun!

Bring more physical activity into your class with a series of creative activities designed for elementary learners. Connect PE to language arts with an informational reading response worksheet about ways to keep your muscles healthy, or with a middle school assignment on creating a physical fitness campaign throughout the school.

Want to implement a fitness program with your health or PE students? Check out a workout project plan that focuses on the goal-setting skills needed for a healthy lifestyle. Or take a look at the rest of our curated resources to find the right fit for your classroom!

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What is Physical Fitness?

For Teachers 1st
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...
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Top 8 Exercises for Autism Fitness

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Create an inclusive physical education program with help from eight exercises designed to met of the needs of children with autism. Activities include ball work, hurdles, bear crawls, resistance bands, star jumps, and the Scramble. 
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Promoting Physical Activity with Pedometers

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Promote fitness with pedometers! This is a great idea as there is immediate feedback and of course, pretty much everyone can walk! This PowerPoint is designed to promote a specific physical education program, but is well worth all the...
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Fun Fitness Activities For Kids

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
From shuttle run relays to ACTIVE Bingo, you'll be elated to have this PE resource packet in your tool belt for your next fitness lesson. After all, who wouldn't want to play a game called, "Elephants, Giraffes, and Palm Trees"?
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Fitness Notes - Weight Training

For Students 7th - 10th
For this resource, the fitness notes cover the five principles of fitness, the principles of training/exercise, and cardio-respiratory fitness. The weight training notes cover the principles of weight training, proper techniques, and the...
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Wellness and the Benefits of Exercise

For Teachers 2nd
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...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 9: Fitting in Fitness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Lesson 9 in this 10-lesson unit put together by Do Something, Inc. is about fitting fitness into daily activivty. First off though, the class needs to take a look at what kind, and how much, activity they do in a day, in a week, etc....
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Mission 2: Fitness Benefits

For Teachers 1st - 6th
In this fitness lesson, learners write about being active, what activities they participate in, how they feel when they participate in these activities, what activities they would like to try and how they could increase their daily...
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Formula for Fitness

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Many youngsters don't understand that fitness is a life-long endeavor, and that it really pays off to be healthy. Use a spreadsheet to document progress in a fitness plan to see if there really in a benefit to running and exercise. Adapt...
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Extension Activity Building a Healthy Classroom Community

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Workout buddies aren't just for adults! Learners discuss the benefits of 60 minutes of physical activity each day and generate ideas for how they can accomplish this by working toward a goal with friends.
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Fitness Advertisements

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Exercise is good for your heart, your bones, your lungs, and your mood! Middle schoolers read more about the effects of regular exercise before creating their own posters that advertise the benefits of physical fitness.
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Health Related Fitness Portfolio

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Learners develop and implement a fitness station. Students base their exercise stations upon flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance. They complete a health related fitness portfolio. Learners design and take a fitness survey.
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Mission Nutrition: Fitness Challenge

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Identify obstacles in your middle schoolers' life that prevent them from having physical activity.  They will design a fitness program to offer other people that can allow them to get fit and have fun.  Then they will discuss with their...
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Special Education Fitness Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Make fitness a part of each and every day. Special Ed learners are given charts with maps and record keeping information. They are given a 20-week period (late October to late March, when the weather is cool enough) to walk that...
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Physical Education Bulletin Board/Poster Display

For Teachers K - 3rd
Investigate physical education and sports throughout the years. Third graders view primary source prints and photographs and analyze what they see. Then, they compare different types of physical education programs and sports. The final...
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Team Sports 2 - Final Project: One Week Workout Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young athletes get fit and eat healthy with a comprehensive one-week fitness plan. Focusing on nutrition and physical activity, the project provides a tangible way to set goals and create balance.
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Lesson 8: Action Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Check you heart rate, evaluate your current level of activity, figure out calories burned based on the activities you do. Then put together an action plan of activities to do on a regular basis to maintain physical fitness. Lesson 8...
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Scrabble Fitness

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Hop, skip, and jump your way to picking up letters for a word spelling scrabble game. Get a little aerobic conditioning in while having fun with words. Keep the game simple for the younger learners. You might try putting the letters face...
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Fitness for Life - Rocks n Hoops

For Teachers 4th - 10th
A game of tag, and stealing, in which all of your class can participate actively in. This activity requires team work and cooperation while being competitive. There are suggestions to keep the game moving, and to modify it to make it...
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Personal Fitness Assessment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students engaged in practice for a physical fitness exam. The practice is beneficial for overall student fitness. The instructor measures key factors of health that include height and weight.
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Heart Rate and Physical Activity

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Study heart rate and how it increases as a direct result of physical activity. Your class measure their heart rate and state several reasons why heart rate increases. Finally, students explain ways to keep their heart healthy.
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Fitness Lab

For Teachers K - 5th
Students complete several physical fitness stations. Students identify which activities increased their heart rates from a resting level. Stations include jumping jacks, sit-ups, running in place, stretching, and body fat measurements.
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Excuses, Excuses - Stay Physically Fit

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students explore reasons to stay physically fit. They participate in activities that address excuses people use for not being active. Students discuss benefits of exercise. Students write personal goals for physical fitness and share...
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Physical Fitness

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students compare sedentary lifestyles to active lifestyles. For this health lesson, students discuss the implications of different kinds of lifestyles, complete a worksheet, then participate in a physical activity.
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Cardiovascular Fitness

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore cardiovascular fitness. In 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...
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Benefits of Cycling

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss cycling and create a list of good effects from cycling.  In this cycling lesson, 4th graders design a leaflet or poster to encourage cycling. Students debate the benefits of cycling. 
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 5

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group is...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 11

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”—Lao Tzu. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 11 of 20 has a written script to guide the class through an introductory meditation lesson. It's actually quite...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 18

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“There are no short cuts to any place worth going."—Beverly Sills. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 18 of 20 focuses on goal setting. Discuss the difference between short-term goals and long-term goals. Then practice setting a...
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Fitness Curriculum Agility - Cone Drills & Pro Agility Run

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Although this is not a instructional activity in itself, these four running agility drills would be great to incorporate into training for athletic teams. Work on quick movements forwards, backwards, sideways, and on pivoting properly....
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How Do You Choose a Physical Activity?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students analyze the fitness choices that they make and the benefits of a regular exercise program. They create a sample episode of an original fitness program.
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Boot Camp Fitness Program

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read a CNNfyi.com article about boot camp workouts and define how it is different than other workouts. They research different workout types.
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Benefits Are All Around

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the potential fitness benefits of various activities and the places in the community that they can experience these benefits. At each fitness station, they should list the potential benefits of each activity they...
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Assessing My Fitness Level (Being the Best I Can Be)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the five components of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. They monitor heart rates, calculate target heart ranges, and assess levels of...
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Consuming Healthy Snacks

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Get your class into great shape by introducing them to the benefits of eating healthy snacks and engaing in regular exercise. This set of activities comes with all the worksheets and handouts needed to complete several weeks of nutrition...
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Building Blocks for a Healthy Body

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students watch a video and discuss the benefits of regular exercise. They use books, Internet sites and interviews with health professionals to develop a list of activities to develop physical fitness.
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Benefits, drawbacks of alternative healing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss alternative healing techniques, then chart the potential benefits and drawbacks of alternative health therapies. They design symbols representing alternative healing techniques.
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Fitness for Life

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students discuss their favorite activities and determine which activities are suitable for older people. In groups, students research the benefits of aerobic exercises and the equipment needed. Students share their information with the...
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Appalachia

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers investigate the benefits of dance and participate in dances. In this dance lesson, students investigate a number of dances such as square dancing and clogging that are native to Appalachia. They use math concepts to...
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Activity and Exercise

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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...
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Fitness

For Students 5th - 8th
In this fitness learning exercise, students review the components to a well-balanced exercise routine and explain the importance of physical activity. This learning exercise has 1 multiple choice, 4 fill in the blank, and 5 short answer...
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Fitness Concepts, Principles, and Benefitws

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders design an informative tri-fold fitness pamphlet for a fictitious fitness center that contains a persuasive paragraph encouraging fitness, that is attractive and has the five fitness components.
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The Benefits of Exercise

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discuss the benefits of exercise before writing a persuasive essay describing a variety of physical activities. They research information about fitness and exercise using a variety of web sites and print resources.
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Fitness Pursuit

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners participate in health-enhancing physical game of Trivial Pursuit and identify the benefits and effects of health related fitness.
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Cardivascular Fitness

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders are introduced to the cardiovascular system. They discuss the parts of the body that make up this system (heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries) and also discuss the benefits of cardio exercise.
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Cardiovascular Fitness

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design a cardiovascular fitness program that encourages them to implement it in their daily lives.
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Be More Physically Active

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students 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...
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Real Attractive

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine how the media has an impact on poor body image and eating disorders among young people.  In this body image lesson, 6th graders discover the unrealistic values media promotes. Students explore the mental, physical...
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Strength

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Use this presentation to review the three main types of physical strength, how strength is required in various sports, and ways to go about training to improve strength. The presentation also details one particular method of gaining...
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Designing a Personal Fitness Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars develop competence in two movements, design their own fitness plan and use a Fitnessgram to determine what level they are currently at.
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Meet Greg's Challenge: Shake It And Shape Up

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students organize personal fitness data in tables, graphs, and charts while participating in a physical fitness program. They explain their findings on the impact of regular exercise on their health.
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Recognizing a Message's Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students study the physical, mental, and social health benefits of regular exercise while attempting to recognize the point of view of media messages. They read an article and discern ways in which they can make regular exercise a part...
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Healthy Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students play a game to increase physical activity. In this exercise instructional activity, students identify benefits to a healthy lifestyle and learn a fast-paced game to promote blood flow. Students perform activities found on...
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iMuscle

For Students 9th - 12th
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....
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Picture a Healthy Body

For Teachers K - 1st
Students 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...
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Stretch for Wellness

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils explore the human body by participating in physical education exercises. In this body stretching lesson, students discuss the easiest way to injury a body and identify certain stretches that increase flexibility and limit risk....
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Happy Feet=Healthy Body

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss the benefits of regular exercise.  In this physical health studies instructional activity, 4th graders create visual demonstrations to track their progress with physical fitness related goals.  Students discuss...
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The Lure and Lore of Weight Lifting

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine the importance of physical activity and positive reasons for weight training. They analyze and discuss a famous ad, read and summarize an article, and identify the benefits of resistance training.
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Get Active!

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Getting young learners to do calisthenic-type exercises is not so fun, but connect it to a favorite card game and somehow the fun factor increases. Here, the calisthenic activities are connected to the game of UNO. Each color or type of...
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Exercise Egg Surprise

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore cardiovascular fitness. For this physical education lesson, students perform a variety of fitness exercises after reading activity explanations found in plastic eggs. Learners record on a worksheet whether they...
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What's Up, Doc?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore cardiovascular fitness and create and follow a fitness program. They document the benefits of participating in a fitness program.
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HOME SWEET HOME

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers create and implement a schedule of activities designed to help their parents improve their physical conditions.
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Take a Hike!

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students explore the benefits of staying active by going on a hike.  In this physical education lesson, students discuss the concept of a hike, where a good place to hike is and what types of foods are necessary to stay nourished....
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Teaching Handball

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students participate in a number of different lessons with the intention of improving skills to play handball. Each instructional activity focuses on a certain skill like strokes and serves. The skills have a progression of difficulty...
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Healthy Living Lesson Plan 7 - Yoga and Relaxation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Yoga can help to relieve stress as well as help learners become more aware of their bodies. They can also work on flexibility, coordination, strength, and balance. There is a link to the entire  lesson which contains descriptions of...
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Take the Challenge

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders develop personal fitness and activity goals. They keep daily records on the activities completed and measure their heart rates. At the end of two weeks, 3rd graders reflect on their experiences.
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Every Which Way But Loose

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students participate in physical activities that involves walking that is inexpensive, not skill dependent, can be used throughout the lifetime and easily organized into a social activity. They brainstorm all the benefits of walking.
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Skipping - 360 degrees - Advanced Twister

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students learn to jump rope with the purpose of learning how to become physically active. The benefit of the lesson is that children battle the negative effects of being sedentary for any extended period of time.
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GET OFF THE COUCH AND GET BUSY

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students perform at five fitness stations a day for a week. Each fitness station be based on a benefit of vigorous physical activity.
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Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Do social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter reinforce our existing biases and cliques? Youngsters read and evaluate an article written by NPR in 2011 on the then-emerging world of social media, and respond to several text-based...
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Pedestrian Safety

For Teachers K - 4th
Students review the concepts of pedestrian safety. Individually, they draw a picture of themselves doing an activity they enjoy noting the rules of safety. After sharing their picture, they discuss the benefits of being safe during...
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Kids Trimming Down

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students relate food concepts and movement to physical activity and eating healthy. In this movement lesson plan, students move to different rhythms of music.
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We Tumble Together

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders follow a rubric to create a gymnastic tumbling routine set to music. They videotape and review their performances.
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Rocks - Aerobic, Team Building Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in an aerobic activity involving dodging, evading, running, and developing strategy. The object of the game is to gather all of te rocks from the opponents side of the playing field. They create strategies and work...
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Health: Exercising the Heart

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the relationship between exercise and a healthy heart. After listing the types of exercise and the benefits of aerobic exercise, they set personal goals and design their own fitness plans. In addition, 4th graders...
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More or Less

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders create a workout schedule using four different aerobic and strengthening exercises. They, in groups, present the schedules to their classmates.
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Introduction to Yoga

For Teachers K - 12th
Learners are introduced to yoga for fitness and relaxation. Over the course of the lesson, students practice various yoga poses and relaxation methods. They complete two minute yoga stations after all of the poses have been demonstrated.
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Career Exploration Lessons

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Wow, 189 pages of worksheets, activities, and materials for youngsters to begin their career exploration! Topics covered include how to become a proactive worker, foundational career terminology, learning styles, resume writing, and much...
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Decisions Today for a Healthy Tomorrow

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore a variety of factors that affect the health of the bone, muscle, and skin systems. Healthy lifestyle recommendations which include behaviors over which we have control are explored in this lesson.
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You Are What You Eat: Keeping Our Bodies Healthy

For Teachers K
Students sort pictures of food into their correct food group category.
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Up and Down

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders work in pairs to complete a variety of aerobic exercises, calculate their heart rates and then calculate their recovery heart rates.
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Four Wall Handball

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the sport of handball. After reviewing the rules of handball, they explore how to hit the ball without hurting their hands. Students discuss arm strokes and proper foot alignment and sidearm positions. Using proper...
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Jr. Chef Club

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the food pyramid. In this health/math lesson students make biscuits. Students are assigned a group to measure out ingredients. Students also discuss which part of the food pyramid biscuits fall into and the nutritional...
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Heart Smart in a Heart Beat

For Teachers 5th - 7th
As an introductory activity, young statisticians measure their heart rate at rest and after exercise and compute the mean and median, and create a box & whisker plot.  This is followed by watching a video (that no longer seems to...
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In the Presence of Oxygen

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders, in groups, classify different activities as aerobic or anaerobic. They create posters displaying their categorizations and then take notes on each other's posters.
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Jr. Chef Club Delightful Desserts

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students identify the fat content in foods. In this nutrition lesson, students review the food pyramid and identify foods that are low in fat. Students create a low-fat dessert by using fruit.
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Broomball

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Learners play a game that can be played outdoors or indoors throughout the year. They practice team work skills. Students practice good sportsmanship skills. They are shown the rules of the game. Learners are explained that Broomball...
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What Goes in Must Come Out

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Learners monitor their calorie intake and energy expenditure. They keep track of daily data in a journal and assess and adjust their diets as appropriate.
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Real Attractive

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create a collage of attractive people. They write about what makes these people attractive. They discuss what makes someone attractive. They research eating disorders and how the media impacts what people deem as attractive.