Flexibility Teacher Resources

Flexibility is a key part of physical fitness. Exercises and activities that promote limberness contribute to muscle, joint, and cardiovascular health. Lesson Planet has a full range of reviewed and rated resources designed to increase awareness of the importance of flexibility.

Activities and exercises increase range of motion and physical performance and decrease chances of injury. Lesson Planet’s collection of resources includes activities, presentations, and lessons, that teach warm-ups and stretches contributing to flexibility and physical fitness and are appropriate for the classroom, the gym, or even the dojo.

21st century learners are spending more and more time sitting in front of computer screens and tapping on their cell phones. Get them up and moving with activities that keep their bodies and their minds nimble.

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Sample Flexibility Plan for Beginners

For Students 6th - 12th
Boost flexibility with a set of stretches designed for beginners. Pictures and descriptions guide readers through a variety of stretches while standing, sitting, and lying on the floor. 
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Flexibility Lesson Plan

For Students 6th - 8th
Biceps, triceps, latissimus dorsi, Pectorals, quadriceps, hamstrings, and abdominals. Young athletes rotate through a series of stations, read information and answer questions about muscle fibers, and practice stretching those muscles to...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 1

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Build unity in the dojo or the gym with an activity that not only teaches the importance of stretching and flexibility but also offers class members an opportunity to get to know one another. After warming up and engaging in a Medicine...
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Healthy Body Image: Healthy Exercises for Every Body

For Students 9th - 12th
From three-way neck rolls to a figure-5 hurdler's stretch, this is an ultimate guide to healthy exercises. It begins with a bulleted list of general guidelines on cardiorespiratory exercise, flexibility, resistance exercises, and range...
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Stretching Muscles Properly

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Tootsie rolls as a teaching aid? Absolutely. Demonstrate to young athletes the importance of warmups and stretching  with an activity that asks them to try and stretch a piece of cold taffy. Class members hold the taffy in their hands...
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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 activity, students discuss the easiest way to injury a body and identify certain stretches that increase flexibility and limit...
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Warm Ups & Cool Downs for Children

For Teachers K - 5th
What makes an effective warm-up and cool-down activity? as well as tips for leading stretches. Find detailed activity plans, as well as tips for leading stretches, for elementary school, tag-based games (including one game called "Toilet...
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Hoop Fun

For Teachers K
Students practice following directions. They work on rhythm skills, flexibility, coordination, and cooperation. They use hoops to practice a variety of rhythm and flexibility activities.
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K-2: Fitness with a Jumpstick

For Teachers 1st
First graders gain knowledge and participate in activities enhancing muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. In this fitness lesson plan, 1st graders complete various exercise activities to test out their physical skills.
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Muscle Flexibility and Strength

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders listen to the definition of muscle strength and observe the teacher demonstrate how to do an abdominal crunch. They then do abdominal crunches for 20 seconds. They gather information about flexibility and strength and...
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Haunted House Challenge Fitness Stations

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners rotate through ten physical fitness stations. They perform various stretching and strengthening activities for three minutes at a time.
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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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How Many Minutes Should I Get?

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Thirty minutes of physical activity a day maintains health and keeps chronic disease away! Your class will learn and discuss the number of minutes of physical activity needed every day to maintain good health, as well as the short- and...
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Scarf Juggling

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in three different activities in a PE lesson. Students warm-up by dancing and following instructions in a song, stretch and work on flexibility by playing a game of Steal the Bacon and finish up with juggling.
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Cuplae poena par esto: Let the punishment fit the crime."

For Teachers 11th Standards
Should a criminal's punishment match the crime? An argumentative writing plan explores this question as class members investigate a variety of mixed-medium sources by experts in the field, form evidence-based claims, and support them...

Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Search Warrant"

For Teachers 10th Standards
Is personal safety worth sacrificing privacy? Young citizens investigate the issue by examining the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution and documents published by the Department of Justice, President George Bush, ACLU, Apple, and...
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Muscle Math

For Students 7th - 8th
Here's an activity that combines both science and math concepts. Class members find their heart rate before and after completing several different levels of physical activities and create a line graph with their data. They also determine...
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Valentine's Day - LOVE

For Teachers K - 3rd
Open your heart with a refreshing yoga session designed for Valentine's Day. With visual cues of hearts and other festive decorations, participants begin a series of yoga poses designed to open their heart chakras and to reflect on the...
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Decorate A Tree

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students decorate a tree with ornaments which represent different locomotion skills such as crab walk, stretches, jump rope, and jumping jacks. Great for holiday week.
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Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars examine how drugs and alcohol impair athletic performance They discuss the reduction in aerobic activity through drug use and discover what is most affected by abuse. In their journals they write about how maintaining...
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10 Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Indoor Recess and PE

For Teachers K - 6th
Don't let the rain and snow put a damper on your PE lessons. This collection of indoor activities is a perfect way to keep students active regardless of the weather outside.
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Problem Solving

For Teachers K - 1st
Students participate in completing various locomotor skills. In this physical education/literacy instructional activity, students explore the gym searching for Halloween items to return back to their "home". Additionally, students must...
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Locomotor and Object Control Stations

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Develop children's basic locomotor and object control skills with an invigorating Adaptive PE lesson. A series of four, timed stations engaged the class in playing a game of Twister, walking on a balance beam, throwing bean bags, and...
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Your Energy Out

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
How much activity is appropriate for elementary school youngsters? What kind of activities do they need to do? Check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Look to see what are age-appropriate activities for each grade...

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