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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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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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

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

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners 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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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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Appalachia

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students 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 determine...
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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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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. In 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 instructional activity, 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 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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Flexibility in Action

For Students 4th - 7th
Stretching and improving flexibility is a foundational aspect of fitness that is too frequently overlooked. Address this shortcoming with a presentation that details various types of flexibility and types of stretches.The presentation...
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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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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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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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HOME SWEET HOME

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create and implement a schedule of activities designed to help their parents improve their physical conditions.
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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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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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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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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.