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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Recognizing a Message's Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners 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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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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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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Fitness Pursuit

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars participate in health-enhancing physical game of Trivial Pursuit and identify the benefits and effects of health related fitness.
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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
Students 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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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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Happy Feet=Healthy Body

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss the benefits of regular exercise.  In this physical health studies lesson, 4th graders create visual demonstrations to track their progress with physical fitness related goals.  Students discuss various types of...
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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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Exercise Egg Surprise

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore cardiovascular fitness. In this physical education instructional activity, students perform a variety of fitness exercises after reading activity explanations found in plastic eggs. Learners record on a worksheet whether...
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Take a Hike!

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Learners 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Skipping - 360 degrees - Advanced Twister

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Pupils 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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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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Introduction to Yoga

For Teachers K - 12th
Students are introduced to yoga for fitness and relaxation. Over the course of the instructional activity, students practice various yoga poses and relaxation methods. They complete two minute yoga stations after all of the poses have...
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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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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  instructional activity which contains...
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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...