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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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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Four Wall Handball

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers 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...
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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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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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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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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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For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Young scholars 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. Young scholars are explained that...
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What Goes in Must Come Out

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students 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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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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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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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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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.